The guide to 22 great wine bars and wine restaurants in and around Adelaide 2024
Adelaide and Adelaide Hills are home to a number of great wine bars and wine restaurants. Here is our selection, with contributions both from our Adelaide ambassador Dheeraj Bhatia, Liinaa Berry and our partners at GT WINE Magazine.
Address: 7 Peel Street, Adelaide
In the heart of Adelaide's CBD, nestled among the bustling streets, you'll find the charming gem known as Jennie Wine Bar. At Jennie, wine is a pure passion and it's evident in the extensive selections boasting around 250 carefully selected wines, with 25 available by the glass. There is a harmonious balance between local and international wines, offering a diverse yet slightly leaning towards international flavours. Owner and sommelier Scott Taddeo always has something obscure to recommend. A philosophy of championing small growers and producers who practice sustainable, organic and bio-dynam...
Phone: +61 8 8212 5511
Address: 2 King William Street, Adelaide
By the Glass List Award Australia 2021
2KW Bar and Restaurant is a rooftop bar and multi-faceted venue offering plenty of outdoor areas to enjoy one of the greatest views of the River Torrens precinct and its landmark buildings. The terrace is set with well-manicured greenery, lounges and booths that can seat 2-15 people. The terrace Bar offers an extensive selection of local wines and craft brews, as well as a seasonal cocktail list using native ingredients. As day turns into night, the tempo is increased with deejays providing added entertainment, with a standing up capacity of 120 people. It is also,one of the rare places in the...
Phone: 0401 188 845
Address: 96 Prospect Road, Prospect
A great suburban venue, Anchovy Bandit is a Neapolitan-inspired pizzeria & pasta bar that pushes the boundaries in prospect Adelaide, South Australia. The drinks menu champions both local alongside international producers – perfect for a quick snack and a glass of wine or two at the bar before a film (as they are blessed and neighboured by a cinema hall) – or perhaps the ideal spot for dinner to celebrate life with a selected wine list of 100 bottles. The list emphasises predominantly local interpretations of old-world varieties, skewing heavily towards Italian grapes. The local heroes on th...
Phone: (08) 8330 3300
Address: 127 The Parade, Norwood
arkhé is Norwood's shiny new neighbourhood bar and restaurant. Opened by Jake Kellie, former head chef of Michelin-starred restaurant Burnt Ends in Singapore, the venue is located on the ground floor of 127 The Parade's heritage-listed two-story site. arkhé is defined as the origin of all things – fire, mirrored in StudioGram's award-winning fit-out. They use texture, darkness and light to nod to the menu: all things cooked over wood fire with no gas or electricity in the kitchen, combining fine dining with something primal; a celebration of the absolute best local produce. Their fun, consta...
Phone: +61 8 8212 9099
Address: 118 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Apoteca is your go-to New York inspired brasserie located in the popular west end precinct of Leigh Street Peel Street Hindley Street. A multi award winning Adelaide wine bar and restaurant that has a feel of the big smoke, it is multi-leveled with moody lights, vintage light fixtures, several nooks to hide in with your special one and various rooms for group bookings. Run by owner Paola Caro since 2002, this bar celebrates the rustic brickwork and Byzantine ironwork of an old heritage-listed Edwardian building and one of its great features is the Cellar Dining Room where you can find some 1...
Phone: (08) 8155 6010
Address: 158 Hutt Street, Adelaide
Bar Torino has a classy yet laidback atmosphere and is nestled in Hutt Street, just outside the main city, surrounded by eateries and colonial-era stone buildings. It's like walking into a European tavern and enjoying food well-suited for the venue. The wine selection of Bar Torino holds around 80 references. It is a diverse, interesting and concise offering with recognisable names of local heroes alongside producers that are emerging and grape varieties you may wish to discover. The staff is always hands-on, sharing wine stories of the vineyards and the makers. Wines can be ethereal on th...
Address: 19 Peel Street, Adelaide
A cleverly designed bar in the midst of the busy Peel Street Leigh Street bar precinct of Adelaide. As soon as you step in, there is a warm feeling from the wood fittings and natural stone wall and the thirst for a great prohibition inspired cocktail or a bottle of Sancerre from Riffault sets in as you sit at the bar. The great staff does everything from plating up local cheese and meats, whipping up any cocktail and recommending a great bottle of Spanish natural wine from a carefully curated small but nifty wine list. There is also an extensive range of whiskies which has been sourced from in...
Phone: +61 8 8232 5300
Address: 25 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
East End Cellars is considered an institution. The fact that you can pay retail price + $15 to drink wine on site is a great convenience to have before you head out for dinner in the east end vicinity, where you can access some of the best restaurants in town. You can either enjoy a tasting with one of the featured winemakers on Friday and Saturday nights or just pick a bottle from an ever-increasing 3,000-bottle collection. There is also an eclectic selection of interesting craft breweries, local gins, vermouth, as well as shrubs. You can order snacks from the bistro or choose from the pan...
Phone: +61 (08) 7225 7842
Address: 129 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide
Fú Cocktail & Wine Bar is a toast to exceptional craftsmanship and shared stories where every sip is an ode to the artistry of talented producers celebrating those who consistently deliver phenomenal quality, be they small, independent winemakers or well-known big guns of the industry. The philosophy is simple yet profound and excellence knows no bounds of a diverse showcase. A list very well curated showcasing a diverse range of beverages, handpicked by sommelier & owner couple, Geoff and Eva. The offering is splendid in terms of variety that caters to every palate and Geoff is more of a st...
Phone: (08) 8432 1999
Address: 108 Currie Street, Adelaide
A blessing to the Central Business District in Adelaide, this bar on Level 9 of the Sofitel Hotel is traditional French cuisine with an elevated twist. The wine list covers both France (including Jura) and Australia, with a specific focus on approachable and pleasing wines alongside classic Australian producers boasting some of the best back vintages. Garçon Bleu paints outside the lines of the convention for a vibrant, fun, offering an avant-garde encounter that is elegant, unique and best enjoyed with the flow of great wine, food and conversations. They collaborate with passionate local wi...
Phone: 0434 130 081
Address: 135B Goodwood Road, Goodwood
Good Gilbert is a chic neighbourhood bar aimed around convenience and inclusivity, adjacent to the gorgeous heritage Capri theatre. Good Gilbert prides itself on having something for everyone at every price point, whether it be Grand Cru Burgundy or obscure skin contact wines from Orange alongside other Aussie delights, to Grosses Gewachs Rieslings from Mosel. This is a space where everyone (including toddlers on leash with soft toys offered for the well-behaved ones) from anywhere can walk in and find something suitable. This wine bar is the perfect place for a glass or two before the movie...
Phone: +61 420 322 715
Address: Basement/201 Rundle Street, Adelaide
When a top sommelier/winemaker and the owner of a wine and spirits distributing company decide to join forces and open their own joint, Hellbound is what you get. Just off one of the busiest main streets of Adelaide, Hellbound has been created in the basement of one of the original buildings, in what used to be a meat locker for a butcher’s shop upstairs. Step down one flight of stairs, and you will be welcome by the neon light installation proudly sporting the name of the bar on the brick wall. With a seating of about 60, you can either choose one of the tables or lounge in one of their chest...
Phone: +61 8 8410 8170
Address: 27 Gresham Street, Adelaide
La Buvette Drinkery is a French wine & aperitif bar serving specialty French food, not surprising given co-owner operator Dominique Lentz is a proud Alsatian. Nestled in a small alley along other bars, La Buvette really does ooze the French culture. Any good French speaking person in Adelaide knows where they can go if they need to speak, eat and drink French. One of the things I really enjoy is when I drink off their list of lo-fi wines whilst listening to Dominique’s eccentric French beats. Yes, music is a big feature in this busy bar. Their playlist is more so influenced by French hip hop...
Address: 2/3 High Street, Willunga
Nestled in the McLaren Vale, Muni opened its doors in 2021, and thoughtfully they chose this beautiful wine region home to some of the oldest vines. Good places to eat and drink in wine regions excite me; the smell of the vineyards' calmness gives that country feel. The venue is situated literally 45 minutes from Adelaide city, and one could plan multiple activities like walking, cycling the trail or swimming on beautiful beaches, visiting local farmers' markets, visiting some wineries – and hit Muni for some good food and then come back fully charged. The food at Muni is divine. Their wine...
Phone: +61 8 8227 2273
Address: 22-26 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
Open seven days and opposite East End Cellars, the best retail wine shop in South Australia, you will find wine bar MotherVine. Owned by Master of Wine David LeMire and sommelier Patrick Madden, you can rest assured that you will find some cult classic wines in their cellar. They have a section of the wine list with a featured winery from time to time, so it is great to be able to taste a variety of wines, cuvees and vintages from one single winery. They also throw wine dinners with Australian winemakers flying from all states to attend and present their wines. With magnum parties on Fridays...
Address: 179 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Nearly a bar is Adelaide's laid-back wine heaven in the West End. If you are in Adelaide's West End and on the hunt for a wine bar that strikes a perfect balance between professional and fun, Nearly a bar is a great destination. It boasts a small list but its beauty is it's always evolving. They add new exciting offerings from small local makers and proudly showcase the best of South Australian talents, with a focus on natural and minimal intervention wines that make each sip a journey to what the region has to offer. The wine selection is designed to be both approachable and affordable, ens...
Phone: +61 8 8339 2345
Address: 52 Mount Barker Road, Stirling
The Stirling Hotel is a hidden gem and an untouched beauty. It is located in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, showcasing what this wine region is worth and showing off its best local champions in food and wine produce. Only a twenty-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD, you find yourself in this marvellous bounty of vines. The Stirling possesses a wine list with verticals and extensive offerings from all the best winemakers from the Adelaide Hills wine region and a great selection of wines from Kiwi land. There are also some big guns from Burgundy on the list, like Raveneau, Domaine Leflaive,...
Phone: +61 434 812 023
Address: 26 East Terrace, Adelaide
Yiasou George is a bustling venue at all times in the heart of Adelaide's Central Business District, with gorgeous interiors making us travel to Greece in our minds. This is a spot for any occasion. The cuisine is Mediterranean-inspired and mostly cooked over a wood fire, accompanying local seasonal produce. The wine list focuses on South Australian boutique producers with lots of love and affection for Mediterranean varietals like Fiano, Vermentino and Nebbiolo, alongside some classic European producers. Go there with an open mind, and you will be amazed by the offering and the vibe. The w...
Phone: +61 8 8339 6777
Address: Mount Lofty House, 1 Mawson Drive, Crafers
Sparkling Wine List Award Australia 2022
Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant is a 3-hat (awarded by the Australian Good Food Wine Guide) fine dining venue that sits amidst a historic building, important in the cultural heritage of South Australia. Mount Lofty House is a British style manor that has been built in1852, by Arthur Hardy, Australia’s first Grand Master of the Freemasons, who later in life, founded the Adelaide Club. It was the state’s premier venue for lavish and infamous parties. Today, it is a boutique designer hotel offering accommodation (34 rooms), indulgent day spa, conference rooms as well as a stylish venue for weddings....
Phone: +61 8 8388 7249
Address: 41 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Verdun
The Stanley Bridge Tavern represents the quintessential Australian pub venue where locals congregate for chicken schnitzels and burgers, with a pint of local ‘froth’ from their favorite local brewery. But the Stanley Bridge is more than just a modern Adelaide Hills pub. The owners are the same wine aficionados who opened The Crafers Hotel, which won Best Winelist in South Australia and in the top three Best in Australia in 2018. They have joined forces with Pablo Theodoros, one of the previous owners of top wine retail shop East End Cellars in the city, therefore you can expect this pub to hav...
Phone: +61 477 410 105
Address: 1097 Greenhill Road, Summertown
The Summertown Aristologist is probably my favorite place to eat in South Australia. Since its opening in October 2016, it has brought upon a velvet revolution to the Hills community. The concept is idiomatic, and the inspiration comes from the original Uraidla Aristologist which was the first of its kind in Australia. The name sums up wonderfully what the venue is about. Aristology meaning the art or science of cooking and dining that encompasses the growing, preparing, curation, presentation, consumption and experience of a meal. Co-owned by three partners, Anton Van Klopper (Lucy Margaux),...
Phone: +61 8 8339 2050
Address: 8 Main Street, Crafers
The Crafers Hotel used to be the Crafers Inn, an old pub in a very small country town, serving burgers, schnitzels and fries. The draft beers poured were monopolized by big beer companies, and that seemed to be enough to please the locals for decades, until it was bought from the previous owners in 2015, and totally revamped into a luxury hotel offering, arguably, the most diverse wine list in Australia. The locals soon realised they were in for a treat. The owners love French food and wine and always dreamt of opening up a lively pub where people could comfortably drink a Pétrus whilst enjo...