As the name suggests, La Boheme is about capturing a little bit of Parisian glamour. It’s almost invisible from Grote Street. Inside, people fill in around the plush booths and round tables. Ordering a cocktail after work involves a co-ordinated dance past other drinkers to get to the bar.
Primarily a cabaret venue, La Boheme is busiest during Adelaide’s various festivals, hosting its own burlesque shows, jazz performances, comedy and theatre. When there’s not a show, music is either coming from the piano, a DJ, or the guitarist sitting in the corner. On wilder nights, the dance floor takes over the rest of the bar.
Wine and tap beer are available, but cocktails are the drink of choice. The bartenders can mix you almost anything, though there’s a long list of house creations. Think the type you make after an overzealous shopping trip, involving lots of flavoured vodkas, juices and fruity garnishes.
Friday’s 6pm two-for-one cocktail hour makes La Boheme a worthy pit-stop on the way home from work. Pair a cocktail with a tasting plate of Central Market cheeses and antipasto, and you might even be able to skip dinner.