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Published September 12th 2014
Adelaide’s newest, hippest bar
Local craft beer and wine makers showcase their wares at The Bank Street Social's pre-opening event. Image by writer.
The Bank Street Social promises to be the hippest, coolest bar around, if their pre-opening party was anything to go by. Situated in the heart of Hindley st with a small entry door next to Zambrero, the new nightclub is a welcome addition to Adelaide's thriving bar scene
The subtle entry off Bank street. If the light is on, the bar will be open. Image by writer.
The former Indian restaurant and neglected basement has been transformed into a warm, rustic 240m2 space that can accommodate up to 120 patrons.
The preview party at the Bank Street Social was all about supporting local produce; from wine to craft beer to delicious finger food. Image by writer.
Young business partners Shaun, Simon and Tom were inspired by the American prohibition-era 'speakeasy' type establishments. The interior features vintage lighting, exposed brickwork, chesterfield style booth seating and fixtures mostly sourced from the US. Exposed air conditioning ducts and pipework add to the 'industrial' feel of the place.
The bar's beer, wine and cider list is exclusively dedicated to locally made products. The Social will specialize in Australian micro-distillery spirits, craft gin and Tasmanian single malt whiskey. Image by writer.
The venue operates mainly as a bar.. There is indeed no kitchen but there will be a selection of locally supplied food including cold meats, bread, dips, olives, almonds, dried fruit and cheese. If the food is as good as that at the pre-opening party, then it should be delicious! Music will be supplied by live DJ's.
The Social is not only an intimate club, but a sophisticated after work drinks venue. Image by writer.
The Bank Street Social is unashamedly very exclusive; limited membership is by invitation only, or by recommendation from an existing member. This club won't be luring punters with cheap drinks, but will be more about networking and building a community of local professionals. Cocktail evenings, tasting nights with local winemakers and brewers, and tickets to future live music events will be available to members.
Young business partners (L to R) Simon, Shaun and Tom are focused on supporting local SA producers. Image courtesy Bank Street Social Facebook page.