A writer who is keen to tell anyone who will listen about her likes and dislikes - particularly relating to food, dining, drinking, socialising, travelling and being entertained.
Published September 22nd 2011
The 2011 winner of the AHA award for 'Best Bar Presentation and Service' and 'Best Bar Renovation' means that the new look Cremorne Hotel on Unley Road, Unley gets jam packed on a Friday night.
With its contemporary and stylish new look has come flocks of hardworking 9-5ers and the young and trendy alike.
Expect to see lots of suits early in the evening. Most having a couple of quiet drinks to celebrate the onset on the weekend, others having few more then intended and sticking around as the sun starts to set.
Around the 10:00pm mark comes the party crowd. They are dressed to impressed and are there to see and to be seen. The lights are dimmed and the music is turned up, however, don't expect to see any dancing – the Cremorne is purely for mingling and socialising – and it serves its purpose well.
The outdoor area is airy and bright and is an extension of the main bar which means you can sit back, drink, eat, smoke (if that's your thing) and watch the goings on of the inside and the outside alike.
The hotel isn't just good for drinking and people watching though. If you're hungry after a long day at the office the bar and restaurant menus offer both contemporary and classic dishes at a price that is comparable with most other upmarket hotels within Adelaide.
I can highly recommend both the bruschetta al pomodoro (tomato, basil and bononcini on a toasted ciabata) and its cousin bruschetta fromage (camembert, roasted pumpkin, baby spinach and pesto) from the restaurant menu. They're both light and delicious and go perfectly with those after work beverages and at $8.90 they won't break the bank either.
Also perfect for a Friday evening is the Grazing Platter from the bar menu. It's $29.90 per platter and is full of such goodies as salt and pepper squid, fried risotto balls, meatballs and dips and Turkish bread. It's ideal for sharing, but I wouldn't recommend it for anymore then 2 people.
So if winding down on a Friday evening in one of Adelaide's most recently refurbished and reignited watering holes is your idea of a great start to the weekend, then the Cremorne Hotel at Unley is definitely worth a try.