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The Adelaide Indie Bar Scene

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by Charles Faggotter (subscribe)
I'm a podcaster, writer and actor. you can find most of what I do on twitter: @sturdygentlemen
Published May 15th 2012
Adelaide has a rich history of pub culture - whether its sports, cocktails or billiards you're interested in, you are spoiled for choice in Adelaide. The sheer volume of hotels and pubs ensures a healthy competition and a need to be innovative, this has lead to an explosion and creative bars and drink menus that are unique to Adelaide. Starting with the CBD, the heart of Adelaide is populated with a wide variety of drinking holes and hot spots.

The "indie" rock scene has opened the way for bars and clubs like Jive on Hindley st, and Supermild just down the road to become exceedingly popular and trendy. With a decent band playing most Saturdays, Jive is rock n roll personified with a twist of Adelaide. Moving on after the show you find yourself in Supermild a hipster haven of amazing cocktails and cheap beer, with a nice beer garden this is the place for a relaxing drinks after a night of dancing and rocking at Jive.

The beer culture is so ingrained in Adelaide drinking scene that pretty much any night you can find a beer for around 4 dollars. Whether you are studying or saving Adelaide caters to the "tight arse" perfectly. Adelaide Uni Bar, the Worldsend, the Crown and Anchor (cranchor to the locals) all offer a cheap gritty fun night out. The Uni Bar will be full of students (but usually the cheap places are), have great band competitions from young musicians, a decent feed for under ten dollars and a jug for around eleven - there's not much to love about this old favourite.

The Worldsend has a great urban feel, it oozes hard living and charm as the walls are decorated lovingly by whoever is left standing and give the impression that the place is a constantly changing art exhibition. Wednesdays are the night to be there - a two dollar schooner is a huge and interesting crowd drawer, prepare to make some new friends! The Cranchor is just starting to bring in the patrons with its drink specials and fantastic location near the eat end of the city. It's a dart board away from being an old saloon with its pool tables and beat up toilets, the music is questionable and the Djs cheesy, but however this adds to the silliness as you find yourself grooving to Abba.

A great starting point at the beginning of the night.
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