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August 30, 2023

Unearthing the hidden bars of Adelaide

CityMag has wandered around the CBD to find some out-of-the-way bars so that you don't have to stumble around in the dark.

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  • Words: Lauren Mills
  • Pictures: supplied

Ancient World

116a Hindley Street, Adelaide

Ancient World is hidden down an alley just off Hindley, in a basement, tucked around the corner, near an adult store… let’s just say you have to know what you’re looking for to find it. The bar acts as a casual café, live music bar and local talent gallery all at once. It offers live music every Friday and Saturday night but with growing popularity, Thursday night performances are starting to happen too. CityMag recommends checking out their Instagram page to stay up to date with their events and drinks specials. No one wants to miss out on $5 sparkling wine.

Baddog Bar

63 Hyde Street, Adelaide

Baddog wasn’t intended to be hidden, but being tucked away in a quiet location with minimal signage and behind an ordinary wooden door, the bar isn’t exactly easy to find. Baddog offers live blues most Friday nights and while they don’t offer food or a drinks list, their shelves are stocked with booze.

Therapy Cocktail Bar

2 Peel Street, Adelaide

With an unassuming entrance to the underground venue, Therapy is another easy one to miss. They label themselves as Adelaide’s ‘local cocktail therapists’ and promise to offer the perfect escape from daily life. They have a very expansive drinks menu of over 100 different cocktails. Apart from finding the place, the only other struggle is figuring out what to order.

Mr Goodbar

12 Union Street, Adelaide

Mr Goodbar, tucked upstairs in the East End Produce Market archway, is the perfect place for an after work wine, beer or cocktail. The bar is decorated with photos of blues and soul stars and has a dedicated shrine to Saint Amand, the patron saint of bartenders. Test out their bar staff by ordering one of their signature cocktails. Perhaps you’ll fall in love with the Dementor’s Kiss or maybe the Pineapple Express is more your speed.

Maybe Mae

15 Peel Street, Adelaide

One of the first of the city’s hidden speakeasies, the popular bar is downstairs in the tunnel connecting Peel and Leigh Street and hidden behind a swivel door. The once disused stock cellar has had a few iterations but newcomers will discover an art décor cocktail bar with cosy booths and perfect lighting. CityMag recommends the Bill Murray and the Tiki Oddio cocktails, but having been awarded South Australian Cocktail Bar of the Year for seven consecutive years, there’s not much chance any of their wonderful concoctions would disappoint.

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