We're drinking well right now. This month some great openings have arrived. While there's always room for a drink at one of Adelaide's best bars, it's always fun to try somewhere new, too.

This is our edit of Adelaide's best new bars from the past 12 months, updated monthly. Some could become your new favourite; others may just be good for one memorable night. All are worth a try.

Here's a tip: come hungry. A lot of these bars have killer menus that deserve to be explored.

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Loc Bottle Bar

Loc Bottle Bar is a physical progression of owner Olivia Moore’s online bottle shop, which launched in 2020. The result is a merging of both concepts. Inside, a shelf on the back wall holds 150-odd bottles of low-intervention wine (Loc stands for left-of-centre) divided into old and new world. Guests can select the wine they want straight off the shelf or leave the choice in the staff’s hands. There’s no service bar – removing the usual barrier between staff and guests – just an electric-blue communal bar table plus bench seating along one wall. The petite space has no room for a kitchen, so staff are plating up small bites devised by chef Maria Delengas (Bloom).

, Adelaide

Good Gilbert

Between them, Good Gilbert’s Wilson Shawyer, Jason Barber and David Train have most bases covered. Shawyer owns sandwich bar Commute, and, until recently, could be found pouring wines at Hellbound; Barber founded Mornings Coffee and its Japanese snack-bar spin-off Konbini; and Train is an award-winning coffee brewer and trader. It makes sense, then, that their new Goodwood bar has a little something for everyone. Drop by for locally roasted coffee, thoughtful wines, charcuterie, croquettes, scotch eggs and bagel Sundays.

135B Goodwood Road, Goodwood


This all-day open-air eatery has a sprawling courtyard, and a somm and chef from a Barossa fine-diner. Plus, there's Abbots & Kinney pastries, duck liver parfait, a fancy lobster roll and plenty of spritzes and sparklings to suit the outdoor setting. Themys Chryssidis and co-owner (and ex-Masterchef contestant) Callum Hann, who also run Sprout Cooking School together, have made full use of the space to create a versatile venue that caters to the morning coffee crowd, as well as offering lunch, elevated bar snacks and pre-dinner or post-dinner drinks.

11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide

The Guardsman

This all-day dining hall at the old Adelaide Railway Station is a triple threat. The Guardsman faces out to the station concourse; it’s a thoroughfare which stays busy all day. So it made sense for The Guardsman to be a cafe, bar and restaurant that opens early and closes late. It pulls off all three. Whether you’re a commuter looking for a coffee and a small bite, or you’re from farther afield and want to sit down to a steak and a Martini, you’ll be well catered for here.

125 North Terrace, Adelaide