There’s a feeling you get when summer hits – most often on Friday afternoons. You feel the sun on your neck and think, “I want this to last”. In the spirit of the season, here’s our guide to the best outdoor spots for cocktails in Adelaide.
It might take two elevators to get up the eight floors, but once you’re on the rooftop of this King William Street bar it’s clear 2KW knows exactly what it’s doing.
The list treads a nice line between South Australian-inspired cocktails (our favourites? The Jam Factory with Beerenberg strawberry jam, gin and elderflower, and the Lofty Lookout) and updated classics such as the Coconut Old Fashioned – featuring Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Rum, pineapple, coconut and orange. Choose your drink then head for one of the Moroccan-style cabanas or the corner terrace, where you can almost make out the score at Adelaide Oval.
Pink Moon Saloon
Squeezed between two CBD buildings, Pink Moon Saloon appears straight out of a Pixar movie with its log-cabin exterior and beckoning blue door. The central courtyard is the sweet spot here, connecting the bar and kitchen. It receives plenty of midday sun despite the towering buildings either side.
A small but tight list of cocktails (Grapefruit Cobbler, Blood Orange Margarita), change with the seasons and are best drunk out the front sitting on Leigh Street or between the pine trees and a friend in the courtyard.
Cocktail hour at Peter Rabbit starts with breakfast on the lawn. Beyond the inviting grass leading to the front door of this well-appointed shipping-container-turned-café, out the back you can enjoy a drink while checking on resident rabbits Flopsy and Mopsy.
The garden-party vibe is in full effect on Friday nights, with a range of cocktails such as the Garden Mule with blueberry, cucumber, mint, lime, vodka and ginger beer.
Republic in Norwood understands the intrinsic relationship that connects cocktails and the outdoors. Not only does it offer four different types of Mojito (mint, watermelon, apple or passionfruit) in glass or jug, there’s also $5 Espresso Martinis during Friday happy hour.
If a fiver’s worth of coffee and vodka isn’t your thing, take your time with a Strawberry Fresca, which combines Ketel One Vodka with blackcurrant liqueur, fresh strawberries, apple juice, lemonade and mint. You can also keep it simple with a Gin Sour made with Tanqueray, fresh lemon juice and orange.
Tucked down a city laneway in Anster Street, Proof was the first bar to make use of Adelaide’s small bar licence.
With a secluded outdoor terrace on the second floor, Proof offers the perfect spot for one of its toasties or freshly shucked oysters, and to test the bar’s expertise in classic cocktails. If you’re after something more innovative, there’s always a cocktail to match the season such as the Rhuby Tuesday, with spiced rum, rhubarb and almond, or The Watervale, featuring Tanqueray, lemon and riesling.
Open from dawn to well after dusk, MALOBO takes advantage of its beachfront location on Seaview Road with casual seating sprawled across the newly redeveloped Henley Square. Customers can admire the ever-flowing parade of dogs (and their walkers) with one of four variations on the Espresso Martini in hand (Vietnamese, coconut, vanilla or hazelnut).
If you’re in the mood to share (or very thirsty) you can also grab a jug of red or white sangria to soak up the sea breeze and a Cuban pressed sandwich from next-door’s (MALOBO-owned) Hermanos Cubanos.
This article is presented in partnership with World Class.