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November 11, 2014

Your Friday night: Lindes Lane

Another new Adelaide bar - Lindes Lane (yes, it’s located on Lindes Lane) - will make its debut this Friday by hosting the first of its street party series.

  • Words and picture: Brendan Cooper

Lindes Lane is a collaboration between many of Adelaide hospitality’s leading lights, including input from Ian Callahan of Bar 9 fame and the original owner of Cork Wine Café, Wes Gilson.


Lindes Lane street parties start this Friday, November 14 and will continue every Friday and Saturday from 2pm. The wine café and cocktail bar of the venue proper are slated to open mid-December.

The pair have teamed up with some friends to bring life to Adelaide’s centre – that stretch between the West End and the East End that still remains largely untouched by the small bars and bustling laneways that have been rapidly appearing elsewhere throughout the city.

Positioned just off the Mall, Lindes Lane will be a venue of two faces – housing a wine café by day and a flowing bar by night. These elements of the operation are still under construction and are likely to open to the public in December, but in the meantime the crew are charging ahead with a third part of their plan; Laneway parties start this week and will be happening every Friday and Saturday from 2pm for the foreseeable future.

The drinks on offer – both on the street and in the venue when it opens – are curated by Wes. A wide range of local and international wines will sit alongside plenty of craft beers, spirits, and top-notch coffee will also be available for the morning and lunchtime crew.

Ian has been responsible for the food menu, and has enlisted some ex-Hilton chefs to help him. For the street parties he’s planning to serve what he calls “Bar 9’s take on street food” while the weekday café menu will have a focus on turning good quality ingredients into something that is “fast, tasty and approachable”.

“Especially in South Australia, quality produce is easy to get a hold of,” says Ian. “That aspect should be a given – of course it’s going to be awesome. But how can we make your experience easier, more approachable? Basically, we want to make it easy to sit, chill, and have a drink and some food with friends.”

To fit with this approach Lindes Lane will offer table service in the wine café section of the venue, and they will also be running a downstairs champagne and cocktail bar that guests can move to if they decide a few more beverages might be in order.

With a fit out from Jason Jurecky and stone smith Joszef Bokor, Lindes Lane promises to stylishly take the daytime hospitality baton of Rundle Mall, and run it well on into the evening.

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