So you got a match. The next step is harder: finding the right place to impress your date.

These aren't places for quiet, white-tableclothed romance. They're fun, energetic restaurants and bars packed with atmosphere, where there's rarely a chance for an awkward silence. Good luck.

Aces Pizza and Liquor

Italian-American style pizza, pasta and salads from Andrew Fantasia, the man behind Hustle & Vine wine. It's all within a space that looks ripped straight out of 1950s New York – make a beeline for the glossy leather bar stools.

61-63 Grote Street, Adelaide
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Leigh Street Wine Room

A former drycleaner is now the setting for an exciting drinking den – a cosy, cleverly designed natural-wine bar serving world-class vino, house-made charcuterie and cheese, and inventive share plates.

9 Leigh Street, Adelaide


North African fare from Duncan Welgemoed, one of Adelaide’s most respected chefs. Even though it's been open since 2014, everything – from the inventive menu to the finely-tuned service – is sharper than ever.

4 East Terrace, Adelaide
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An Asian-inspired “fire house” from restaurateur Simon Kardachi.

17 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Sunny's Pizza

You'll ask yourself the following when you enter Sunny's: is this a pizza place, that just happens to feel like an absolute belter of a house party? Or is this a party bar that just so happens to have fantastic pizzas?

17 Solomon Street, Adelaide

Hains and Co

Come to this versatile bar for red-hot fried chicken, nautical-themed drinks, and even a range of stogies to puff on – if that's your thing.

23 Gilbert Place, Adelaide


This neighbourhood izakaya shares a lot of DNA with its city sibling, Shobosho, but its identity is all its own. There's a clear focus on tempura alongside a line-up of dumplings, wontons and noodles.

1/164 King William Road, Hyde Park
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The Wheatsheaf Hotel

An unpretentious pub dispensing (and brewing) some of the world’s best beers.

39 George Street, Thebarton


The Pizzateca crew’s second venue is a very traditional (but swish-looking) Neapolitan pizzeria. And it's serving up pies that are just as good, if not better, than its McLaren Vale progenitor.

57 Gilbert Street, Adelaide


This refined rooftop restaurant and bar is one of Adelaide's best rooftops. For good reason, from up high you can see out over the Governor's garden and the city.

2 King William Street, Adelaide


A New Orleans-inspired bar featuring whiskies from around the world and 16 beer taps. On the menu , you'll find Creole soul food – including Cajun fried chicken – that will help you soak up all that booze.

28 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide


A trip to this intimate basement on Rundle Street feels a lot like having a party in a wine cellar. There are cheap cleanskins by the glass and more than 200 wines by the bottle, which range from affordable to eye-wateringly expensive. Then there's a couple of cocktails and beers to choose from, with plenty of bar snacks, too.

Downstairs 201 Rundle Street, Adelaide


This cocktail bar, which is inspired by – you guessed it - Brooklyn, has its own internal "street" featuring three separate shops, each with different offerings, to choose from.

260A Rundle Street, Adelaide


This intimate, San Sebastian-inspired bar, stands in a former Flight Centre. But it does a better job at evoking wanderlust than a discounted airfare ever could. In between plates of pintxos and glasses of cava, you'll feel totally transported.

11 Leigh Street, Adelaide
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1000 Island

A “tiki-but-not-tiki” bar from the crew behind Sunny’s Pizza. Unlike Sunny's though, this is a full-on bar; the focus is set squarely on drinks. The Pina Colada is excellent, but it's worth pushing the boat out and opting for a flaming Zombie.

15 Solomon Street, Adelaide


One of Adelaide’s original small bars, with one of the city’s strongest drinks list.

9a Anster Street, Adelaide


This beachside venue blends New York-Italian food with Aussie surf club vibes. Every table in this expansive, 260-person capacity venue is a good one, but special points go to the balcony. It affords views out over the ocean and Henley Square.

255 Esplanade, Henley Beach

Maybe Mae

A contender for Australia's most well-hidden cocktail bar. But trust us, this one is worth seeking out. But once you find this subterranean 1950s inspired cocktail lounge and take a seat in one of the comfy leather booths, you won't want to leave.

15 Peel Street, Adelaide
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Mia Margarita

A colourful two-level Mexican-fusion restaurant and bar serving “trash can tacos”, tuna tostadas, Margaritas and Mojitos.

330 Seaview Road, Henley Beach

Exchange Specialty Coffee

If you're going to go down the coffee date path, then this spot would have to be our top pick.

Shops 1-3 12-18 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide


A bar from the team behind 2KW that specialises in agave-based spirits and sherry, with tinned anchovies, terrines, charcuterie and cheese to eat in or take home.

20 Peel Street, Adelaide

Golden Boy

Don't let the name – casually taken from a Thai brand of fish sauce – fool you. This is one serious operation. From the excellent Thai food – just get the chef's choice menu and let the staff make food decisions for you – to the high calibre Asian-inspired cocktails and fun atmosphere, Golden Boy is not messing around.

309 North Terrace, Adelaide
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The Summertown Aristologist

A unique cellar door for winemakers Lucy Margaux and Commune of Buttons.

1097 Greenhill Road, Summertown
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