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5 Spots for a Relaxed Drink in Adelaide

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by Georgina Tselekidis (subscribe)
Freelancer and aspiring journalist from Adelaide. Visual Arts graduate & current journalism student. Fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, art & food. I also write for The Adelaidian //
Published May 6th 2016
Sometimes all you need is a Mojito
Friday, TGIF, Friyay or whatever you want to call it, there's no greater feeling than finishing up the working week with a well deserved drink. Adelaide is generous with new, established, renowned and relaxed bars, pubs and restaurants that are perfect for that end of week brew. Whether it's a quick pit stop after work to catch up with friends, or the beginning of an adventurous night out, these spots offer a trendy setting with good vibes and broad drink menus to quench your thirst and get your weekend started right.

The latest little bar that I have stumbled upon in the city, is Mr Goodbar, which is located on 12 Union Street in the east end of the city. It's no doubt that the east end has recently had an impressive makeover with an array of eateries, bars and night culture making it a perfect weekend spot to have a drink or a bite to eat. Mr Goodbar gets its name from the 1977 American drama film "Looking for Mr Goodbar", starring Diane Keaton and Richard Gere. The bar boasts a soulful and old world flair, with dark wooden features and panels, an intimate ambiance and American-soul music stars adorning the bar walls. The bar staff uniforms accentuate the classic and swanky vibe, with vests, shirts and bow ties; it's almost like you're stepping back in time. This little gem is a mix between casual and classy, and is a great addition to Adelaide's happening bar scene. They have a nice and creative selection of cocktails, beers, spirits and quality whiskey, but they are quite pricey.

Whether you reside in Glenelg, are visiting the area, heading out for the evening or work nearby, The Moseley is a great place to relax for a drink and some good food. Previously known as The Dublin, The Moseley is a hip, classy, cool yet chilled weekend or weekday spot. It has a beachy, industrial, and minimalist vibe, with exposed brick walls, a simple black and white colour theme, geometric decorative pieces, pine furniture, and a striking feature bar. Combining a relaxed pub vibe yet elegant flair, The Moseley serves up some delicious eats accompanied by an array of well crafted cocktails. I was extremely impressed by their delicious pizzas and refreshing Mojito's; the ultimate way to spend a lazy Saturday. Split between two levels, the lower part of The Moseley features an Australian inspired gourmet restaurant menu, and the upper level comprises bar food and classic simple dishes such as pizza, pasta, burgers, or fish and chips. The best part about dining on the upper level, is the balcony that overlooks Moseley Square.

Another favourite bar spot in the city, has to be The Benjamin on Franklin. Filled with character, charm and a French provincial flair, this place is not your average pub but a classy spot to have a drink with friends after work or before a night on the town. Enjoy a delicious meal from their mouth-watering menu and an appetizing cocktail in their bohemian inspired beer garden, intimate indoor dining area, or hire a private dining space in one of their exclusive, elegant, and captivating function rooms. There's nothing an Espresso Martini can't fix.

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Although Udaberri has been around for quite a while now, it still remains one of my top destinations for a laid-back soiree with friends. Nestled in Leigh Street, just off of Currie and Hindley Street, this wondrous lane offers more than one can imagine. It comes as a surprise to many that Hindley Street is adjacently located to Leigh Street, which offers two very opposing, and distinct worlds. Hindley Street's preceding reputation can at times deter people from visiting Leigh Street, yet it's easy to forget about it all once you step into the intimate space of Udaberri. It's very common for this popular city hot spot to get quite busy and cramped, particularly due to their extensive wine list, and delicious tapas dishes. Udaberri is an excellent choice for a relaxed drink any day of the week, and if you do decide to venture to any local bars or clubs, they're conveniently situated nearby and within walking distance.

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Lastly, an iconic venue in Adelaide's CBD is the Belgian Beer Cafe Oostende, which is renowned for its generous list of imported beer, Belgian inspired food and bustling culture. Having visited this spot many times, I'm never disappointed. As you step inside the Belgian Beer Bar, an inviting sense is immediately conveyed by the antique wooden furniture, warm lighting, hearty meals scurrying out of the kitchen, and of course, the beer; a true Belgian experience in the heart of Adelaide. One of the main reasons why I return to the Belgian Beer Bar is Floris Apple; a fruity, delicious and refreshing beer that's unlike any other. Likewise, Floris Flamboise is just as good, with a berry infusion that combines sweet and sour in a delightful way.

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Why? Celebrating the end of the working week with a relaxed drink
Where: Around Adelaide
Cost: $$
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