Best Bars for Dancing in Adelaide

Updated September 5th, 2022


Nightclubs are kind of all-or-nothing. Either you’re standing at the bar being jostled, or you’re on the dance floor getting into it. And having a decent conversation? Forget it.

Bars are a little more flexible – when you need it, there’s room to take a break from dancing or have that long-overdue D’n‘M with your best mate. Plus, the drinks are almost guaranteed to be better, whether you’re drinking beer from an actual glass, or sipping on a well-made Negroni.

  • Formerly Fowler’s Live, this heritage live music space is one of the best places to see live music in the city. It's had a modern revamp by a team of SA hospitality veterans, and now it stays open late with a diverse line-up of bands, DJs and more.

  • American-style burgers, beef rendang hoagies and tropical cocktails are the signatures at Gang Gang’s disco-ready burger bar. After the dinner trade, a floating DJ booth provides danceable tunes till late.

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  • This inclusive bar and nightclub is a safe space for Adelaide’s queer community, but it's open to anyone who's looking for a gay old time. Mirrored ceilings, light-up go-go dancing cages and a giant rainbow are the canvas for your Saturday night boogie.

  • A "polished-up" dive that splits the difference between pub and small bar. You could just as easily come here to sip from the 300-strong spirit list heavy on tequila and bourbon, or dance to the jukebox rock 'n' roll tunes spinning until late.

  • Anything goes at this basement bar and live performance space. If you don’t know what you’re in for, you might stumble into a niche club night or an art exhibition. All you need to do is find the entrance, hidden down a low-key laneway.

  • At this seamless music venue and club, one minute you’re swaying to a live band, then next thing you know the band is gone and you’re dancing to indie tunes with three new friends. Its double-level layout makes you feel like you’re in a Brooklyn club but the constant flow of Coopers on tap keeps your location in check.

  • Hailed for its stellar cocktails and pizza, this place has become the cool older sister of Adelaide’s dancing scene. It’s a boon for lovers of house, disco and tastefully-selected party tracks.

  • Hidden behind Leigh Street Luggage, this good-times cocktail bar is a love letter to the Adelaide hospo crowd. It's the kind of place you can drop in late, grab a fancy toastie and a well-made cocktail, then boogie to a rotating cast of DJs spinning everything from hip-hop to house until the early hours.