Bank Street is a regular thoroughfare but fairly unknown street--it doesn't quite the charm of Leigh Street or the buzz of Peel Street--but it's slowly building up an impressive repertoire. You'll find one of its newest residents between a big wooden door.
Find the wooden door and follow the darkened stairway until you reach the underground bar; welcome to Bank Street Social. The speakeasy style bar, opened mid 2014, has already proved its more than just a pretty face--and it does look good.
Booths, perfect for larger groups, line the right of the room and more intimate tables for two or smaller groups are to the left. The prohibition era vibe continues with the vintage knick knacks like books and cameras that line the walls. Bank Street Social is cosy, but there's plenty of room. It's the type of place that gets a good buzz while still giving you space to move without touching shoulders with every other person in the room.
The backlit bar features a great selection of Australian and international spirits. Ask for a gin and tonic and you'll have almost twenty gins to choose from--try a West Winds gin from Western Australia or Four Pillars from the Yarra Valley, or treat yourself with the Monkey 47 from Germany. There's also a great selection of boutique beers and local wines if you're not after the stronger stuff.
There's no cocktail list, but the bartenders can make you just about anything. Try your favourite or ask them to recommend a drink. It's casual and fun. Don't expect straight service, the guys and girls are friendly and they'll happily have a chat as they make your drink. It's the sort of place that makes you feel instantly comfortable; oozing cool without making you feel out of place.
DJs get a dance floor going on the weekends, but there's a great mix of music every day.
Bank Street Social is open 4pm till 12am Wednesday and Thursday, 4pm till 2am Friday, 6pm till 2am Saturday and 4.30pm till 12am Sunday. Bank Street Social is quick to likely to become a mainstay of Adelaide's nightlife; check it out and see for yourself.