Let’s be honest, most of us are pretty happy to wave 2021 goodbye. So send it off in style at one of these hot-ticket events. It seems Adelaide’s venues are getting behind the evening like never before, with some of our best restaurants and bars opening for the night. Will we be able to dance as the clock strikes 12? That remains to be seen, but we can confirm there’s plenty of good eating and drinking to be done. Here are the best places to ring in the new year.
The East End’s intimate French brasserie is ringing in the New Year with lobster, oysters, beef bourguignon, and dozens of green and gold balloons filling the ceiling. Pop a bottle of Louis Roederer and add some Parisian charm to the usual New Year’s Eve spectacle. You’ll also have front-row seats (if you’re sitting outside) to the action of Ebenezer in full festive swing.
Phone 0416 050 721 to book.
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Sol Rooftop Bar
Head to Skycity’s ninth-floor rooftop bar for prime views of the Adelaide skyline and fireworks. Food will be served throughout the night, made by chef Kane Pollard with only South Australian ingredients, paired with a 3.5-hour drinks package including sparkling, beer, wine and cocktails. The party kicks off at 8.30pm with DJs Jess Fisher and Lesley Williams on the decks.
$250. Book online.
At Leigh Street’s Italo-American restaurant, chef Max Sharrad has curated three menus for the evening. Early diners can do the five-course “celebration” menu, including Pacific oysters, blue swimmer crab rolls and a scotch fillet steak. Late-night revellers have two options: a five-course “deluxe” menu or a lavish six-course “midnight deluxe”. The latter includes Oscietra caviar on ice, served with shallot, chives, egg, butter and crème fraîche on warm crumpets.
$125/$275/$395. Book online.
If you’d prefer to avoid the CBD crowds, Andre Ursini’s polished neighbourhood restaurant is getting in on the action with a luxe seafood-focused chef’s menu. There'll be scampi caviar with blini, anchovy brioche, baccala croquettes, josper-roasted marron and more (plus an apricot and prosecco Eton mess for dessert). Book a spot in the Tuscan-style courtyard, the large airy dining room or the intimate Alexandra Room with heritage bluestone walls. Or perch at the marble bar overlooking the open kitchen and firepit. Sittings are between 5.30pm and 9.30pm.
$140. Book online.
Yiasou George, The Stag and Nola
East Terrace eatery Yiasou George is getting into the spirit this year with an ouzo and pita party including champagne on arrival and a Mediterranean menu of dips, meze and more, including woodfired lamb shoulder, Nomad Farms roast chicken and stuffed cabbage. Next door, sibling venue The Stag is hosting a party on the balcony with a Bizzarro spritz on arrival and live music from Dusty Lee and Friends. And Nola has partnered with Maker's Mark to take over the rear laneway, offering drink specials and its famous fried chicken.
Sparkke at the Whitmore
The Whitmore Square brewpub will be serving an eight-course dinner at its ground-level restaurant Fare, featuring Hiramasa kingfish, crisp duck breast, Darling Downs Wagyu with hasselback potatoes, and a pineapple, coconut and mango splice for dessert. While upstairs the rooftop bar will have roaming snacks and a free cocktail on arrival. There'll also be an afternoon street party along neighbouring Bartels Street complete with festive lighting, lanterns and a pop-up bar with cocktails on tap.
The elegant new fine-diner from Callum Hann and Themis Chryssidis is hosting a four-course dinner by chef Dan Murphy and a 2.5-hour premium drinks package (expect an impressive selection of French options alongside local South Australian matches) before a post-dinner party in the adjacent open-air bar to ring in 2022 under the stars. There’ll also be live music from Nights on Mayfair and an illuminating light display.
$175. Book online.
Peel Street Laneway New Year’s Eve
For the first time, 11 bars and restaurants along Peel Street (that's all of them except for Peel St Restaurant) are opening on New Year's Eve. The all-star line-up includes Clever Little Tailor, Maybe Mae, Bread & Bone, Paloma, Alfred’s and Malt and Juniper, among others. Festivities begin at 4pm and include a DJ, fireworks display and a laser show.