Best Wine Bars in Adelaide

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It used to be that a killer line-up of wines – by the glass and bottle – was enough to make a wine bar noteworthy. Now, it’s the bare minimum. The wine bars in this guide have the food, decor and ambience to match their wines. Above all, though, they’re fun.

Unlike in restaurants, wines don’t play second fiddle here – they’re the star. Sure, you’re likely to find your favourite classic varietals, but these venues will also push you to try (and enjoy) the latest in biodynamic, organic and natural wines.

  • A former drycleaner is the setting for one of Adelaide's most exciting drinking dens – a cosy, cleverly designed natural-wine bar serving world-class vino and inventive plates by a young chef with Michelin Star cred.

  • 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.

  • At this tiny natural wine bar, there's no service bar, removing the barrier between staff and guests. Instead, you can pick your wine off the shelf – a bit like a bottle shop, but it's a bar.

  • Aperitifs reign supreme at this romantic riff on the Parisian bistro. Pull up a stool at the dimly lit bar for freshly baked bread and imported French cheese, or spill out onto the street with a lo-fi wine in hand.

  • A wine bar from some of the industry’s best.

  • CLT is cosy, classic and has a quality libation to satisfy every whim. If you’re after snacks, it’s got you covered with imported tinned fish, local cheese and sliced-to-order charcuterie.

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  • 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.

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  • Fino at Seppeltsfield is a Barossa icon, so expectations were high for its first urban outpost. Good news: this charming 70-seat wine bar and restaurant delivers. The food is simple and elegant, with next to nothing wasted. A 100-strong wine list is backed up by a range of sherries.

  • Bring a book, swap it for another, then sit and drink a high-end spirit.

  • This narrow, faux alpine hut hits all the same targets as sister bar Clever Little Tailor.

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  • The west-end wine bar bringing a touch of New York City to Adelaide.

  • An inimitable selection of local and international wines.

  • 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.

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  • One of Adelaide’s original small bars also happens to have one of the city’s strongest drinks lists. It's also turning out elite bar snacks in the form of levelled up toasties.

  • A permanent collaboration between two long-time roving brands, Adelaide Wine Markets and Caro Club. Visit this lofty, open-plan space inside Plant 3 for small-batch Aussie wines paired with American-style drinking food.

  • The best of Spain and Italy under the one roof.

  • A small, welcoming wine bar for people to come together, unwind and indulge.

  • What was once an early 1900s horse barn and billiard saloon is now serving South Aussie wines, pintxos and cheese toasties with a side of salty sea air. (But you’ll still find a 20-foot-deep well in the middle of the room.)

  • The minds behind Pinco Deli and 1000 Island bring you this very fun bar and diner. Chargrilled seafood, coconut-braised meats and crisped-up veggies are all on the card here. Plus, nightly DJs and a lush courtyard out back.

  • Experience beautiful design, excellent food and friendly service at this pizza and wine joint from the team behind Anchovy Bandit and Bottega Bandito. Expect classic and left-of-centre pizzas and veggies from the hearth, plus a 10-out-of-10 wine selection.

  • An intimate wine cellar with a list of close to 200 bottles, including hard-to-find drops like a single-vineyard palomino from Spain. Pair them with Ortiz anchovies, duck terrine or a slice of Basque burnt cheesecake.

  • The conversation flows just as freely as the South Australian wines at this cosy wine bar. Its snug interiors, homemade snacks and record player make it feel less like its namesake, and more like hanging at your coolest friend’s place.

  • Fu translates to “good fortune” in Mandarin, and at this cosy spot you’ll find the recipe for just that: cocktails with pickle juice, a killer wine list, delectable dishes with an Asian flair and creative snacks for your pet.

  • The owner-chef behind cafe Lockwood General has turned his attention to nights with this intimate and moody wine bar. On the menu? It could be miso devilled eggs, crab croquettes and fried chicken with truffle sriracha.

  • Good Gilbert is the kind of neighbourhood bar you could easily lose track of time in. It’s a laid-back spot, with a wine list split between Australian and European labels. On the retro-ish menu, expect fun snacks and plates focused on sustainability.