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Published December 19th 2015
Satisfy your hankering for some Southern American goodness
There has been much talk about the newest bar to hit Adelaide with its Southern American touch. With a beautifully minimalistic interior, blues and jazz genres of music playing in the background, and a selection of cocktails that consist of delicious infusions of bourbon and moonshine, Mississippi Moon has set itself up to become the new favourite spot just off Hindley Street.
Mississippi Moon (courtesy of official Facebook page)
Walking into this bar was definitely a beautiful surprise that we weren't expecting. We were delighted by the hospitality of the staff, who had clearly been working through the days and nights to make this grand opening a huge success, and boy was it a big success!
With the people flowing in from 5:30pm onwards, Mississippi Moon didn't take long to become "the spot" on a Wednesday night.
Located on the increasingly well-known Gresham Street that is home to other bar favourites such as Bibliotheca and La Buvette, Mississippi Moon has nested itself into a cute, quaint space. I was fortunate enough to have met with the man behind the logo, who informed me that it was a joint collaboration between him and his friend, who tried to capture Michael's vision of representing the name with the help of an eye-catching design.
The bar staff working hard in making delicious cocktails
I also noticed how the design of the bar itself seems to represent the culture that Michael was trying to capture through his travels across Central America, from the walls to the wooden floor work to the light bulbs – every element of the bar seems to be complementing each other in a fantastic manner.
Staff dressed up in true Southern American attire - a truly vintage feel
Formerly home to Run Riot clothing store, the décor of this bar provides for a minimalistic and vintage-y outlook to its guests. It also has a colourful floor-to-ceiling mural of an alligator that was drawn by local street artist Jayson Fox, who aimed to capture the essence of one of Michael's favourite urban myths – Uncle Monday.
The ceiling to floor mural of Uncle Monday
There were four cocktails that we had the pleasure of tasting, each of which delivered in either a strong or sweet way (and there's nothing wrong with that)! I would personally recommend the Full Moon (which has one of their well-known ingredients - moonshine) and Huckleberry Gin (which is the perfect drink for the gin lovers in us).
All cocktails tasted even better with a side of jerkies (that's right, there were 4 different kinds of jerky – Top End beef, buffalo, camel, kangaroo and crocodile jerky) and/or fried chicken, which was being snapped up from the tray in just minutes.
Mississippi Moon has proven itself to become a favourite in Adelaide and give the pop-up bars around them some serious competition. I would recommend that you give them a crack and visit them for some serious Southern American hospitality and lovely times with bourbon, gin, and moonshine-based drinks!