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The Fringe Festival is back again, and the arts enthusiasts of Adelaide are busily choosing which shows to see, and more importantly - where to be seen.
New clothes have been bought (or in the case of men, older clothes may have been ironed). Funky fashion accessories have been acquired.
Now comes the hardest part - where to party with the coolest crowd?
The Garden of Unearthly Delights has been a hugely popular choice for the Adelaide Fringe crowd for years, and no doubt will pull large crowds again this year. Apart from being a licensed premise, it's a hub for heaps of shows.
The Decor at Little Miss Mexico Has an Authentic Mexican Flavour
But 2013 saw the arrival of somewhere different to chill out and chat, a new kid on the block that was an instant success with the hipster crowd. Situated on Grenfell Street, the Little Miss Mexico Pop-up Bar is a rustic styled outdoor bar and taqueria specialising in Mexican street food and a range of cocktails and imported beers.
Crafted from recycled materials, the decrepit old site has been transformed into an exotic and welcoming space. Various forms of screening have been used to make it a more personal experience, rather than a large open space.
Given the Mexican food demand evident at the moment in Adelaide during events like Fork on the Road, the formula proved to be an instant winner.
With the help of regular drinks specials, the food and cocktail menus have been hugely popular with punters. Opening hours have been variable so it's best to check the Facebook page for more information.
I recently swung by for another look at Little Miss Mexico's menu, and found a tasty range of tacos, quesadillas and shared finger food on offer. My companion and I started with some Jamaican jerked chicken lollypops and found them full of flavour and pleasantly spicy, although not as hot as jerked chicken I have bought from take away Jamaican food shops in South London.
The pulled pork sliders on brioche were tasty and more-ish, and did not last long.
But Little Miss Mexico is not just a bar. They partnered in 2013 with Higher Ground to create Higher Ground East, a temporary venue for the Adelaide Fringe in the adjacent building.
Last year during the Fringe Festival there was even more excitement for the those who dabble in a drop of red (or white), when the Vinteloper Urban Winery Project came on site. Patrons had the opportunity to experience David Bowley's unique pop-up winery, and saw live wine making happen right in front of you.
While Little Miss Mexico has not yet announced any events during the Fringe Festival this year, it's just a short walk from other venues. Its popularity has dropped little since it opened, and I expect that plenty of people will be back after a show.
Sample the Mexican food at the taqueria. Take in a show. Then come back for a feed, or just mix it with other revellers who have their fingertips on Adelaide's pulse.