After a draining week of dealing with dreadful bosses and delirious clients, a drink is a necessity. There are so many bars you can head to on a Friday for after work drinks, that it's hard to decide which one. Here is a list that narrows down the many possibilities into a few that will become your favourites.
7- Hains & Co 23 Gilbert Place, Adelaide
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The 'sailor' theme at Hains & Co will definitely give you and your colleagues something to talk about. As soon as you step inside the bar, you will feel as if you're floating at sea. The bartenders (dressed as sailors) love their rum and gin and are bound to suggest one of their gin specialties. But, there's other unique drinks on the menu that might catch your eye. The Solerno Spritz was one that took my interest with its strong citrus and blood orange taste. At Hains & Co, you can grab a seat under the verandah outside, or get nice and cosy indoors. The staff already have a handful of awards under their belt, including being a finalist for the 2016: Cocktail Bar of the Year, Rum Bar of the Year, and Gin Bar of the Year. This fun, one-of-a-kind bar is somewhere you shouldn't hesitate to visit.
6- Two Sisters Wine Bar 135b Goodwood Road, Adelaide
Artistic, classic and clean are what come to mind when thinking of the Two Sisters Wine Bar. This small little spot is cosy and has antique features that set it apart from other bars in Adelaide. The owners pride themselves on having a diversity of South Australian food and wine on their menu. A favourite is the SA share platter with pastrami, bread, condiments and paste, all locally sourced. Their wine menu is quite different from any other, having a number of curated wines from South Australian small boutique wineries - many that you may have never heard of or tasted before.
5- Bar Torino 158 Hutt Street, Adelaide
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Bar Torino understands that after a tiring week you will be hungry, thirsty and in desperate need of a break. And they've got the materials and the warm attitude to help you out. Bar Torino boasts great food as well as great drinks. Fridays are charcoal grill night, and it will be difficult to say no to their famous charcoal chicken burger. Their bartenders, or 'mixologists' as they call themselves, are experts in creating old-school favourite cocktails like Caprioskas, Cosmopolitans and Whiskey Sours, as well as fabulous new concoctions. The venue has a funky vintage vibe, making it very cool and suitable for drinks with colleagues.
Udaberri has recently celebrated its fourth anniversary, however too many people still don't know that it exists. This dimly lit bar almost has an earthy feel that is unlike any other in Adelaide. You can sit by the bar, in a booth, or gather around some wine barrels to enjoy a drink. Their wine list is quite extensive, containing both local varieties and imported specialities. Although, if you're not interested in that, their cocktail menu is hard to pass. The newest addition to the list is the sweet and smooth 'Mr Pando' - a divine mixture of ginger liqueur, spiced orange honey, lemon and bitters. For a fancy mouth, the platos to share are certainly set to satisfy. You can choose from anything from coffin bay oysters to semi-cured chorizo with an apple cider glaze.
3- The Lion Hotel 161 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide
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The Lion Hotel always has been and always will be a classic spot for after work drinks. The beer garden provides an easy-going space to de-stress after the working week. But, there's also room inside if the weather isn't perfect. Whether you desire wine, or beer, or cocktails, the Lion has you covered. My favourite cocktail from the Lion is the Cherry Avalanche - a thick mix of lime, white chocolate and coconut! Oh, and I won't forget to mention that there's $10 espresso martini's after 5pm on Fridays. The live music sets a fun, yet lazy temper that you're bound to love. Furthermore, being on Melbourne Street also puts the Lion in the ideal position to grab some dinner, ice-cream or dessert after your drinks.
2- Hennessy Rooftop, Mayfair Hotel 45 King William Street, Adelaide
For a very upmarket experience, head to the Hennessy Rooftop Bar on level 13 of the Mayfair Hotel. Many have always believed that 2kW Bar has the monopoly on rooftop views, but Hennessy is definitely in competition. The exclusive view over Adelaide matches perfectly with the ostentatious interior and opulent menu. If you want elegance and "high" class (pun intended), you must check out Hennessy. Live music is a fundamental element that composes the mood inside the venue. Although there were a number of wines and craft beers on the drinks list, I could not turn down what ended up being arguably the best espresso martini I've had. To enter into the bar, it is best to go through the Mayfair's Lounge Bar on the lower level. They're open from 3pm-late on Fridays.
1- Peter Rabbit Corner of Hindley & Liverpool St, Adelaide
Relaxation is exactly what you need after a long week at work, and Peter-Rabbit has exactly that on offer. If you work down the West end of Adelaide, you absolutely need to check out this outdoor hub on a Friday afternoon. Peter Rabbit have taken the beer garden atmosphere up a notch to provide a stylish botanic experience. Once you enter through the grand gates, you'll be amazed at the peaceful ambience in the small venue. There are deck chairs out in the sun, lounges in the shade, and tables made out of natural materials to gather with friends. The lavish food and drink menu adds to the imperturbable mood. Large spreads and jugs are available if you're going in with a group, and individual meals are on sale too. The Picnic Basket garden platter is overwhelmingly well-presented and delicious, and the Grilled Peach cocktail wonderfully suits the setting. Hand all your worries over to the incredibly hospitable staff at Peter-Rabbit and unwind on your Friday afternoon.
A great selection Emma...Adelaide has some excellent spots...I wonder how tourists get to know they exist and how to find there way there.Was at the Hilton in Vic. square yesterday and a tourist was trying to find out such things from the porter...he only vaguely knew of such matters.The information center in James Place is staffed by "elderly volunteers" they too know very little many such places.There needs to people like you out there somewhere to direct locals and visitors to such places.