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May 25, 2023

Recover from seedy Sunday with brunch at Thirsty Tiger

Whatever damage you incur on Saturday night on Hindley Street can now be remedied on Sunday morning on Hindley Street, as Gang Gang's Thirsty Tiger launches a weekly brunch service.

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  • Words and pictures: Claudia Dichiera

The Gang Gang crew always hoped their now six-month-old baby, Thirsty Tiger, would eventually turn into a boozy brunch spot.


Thirsty Tiger
Upstairs, 99 Hindley Street, Adelaide 5000
Sunday brunch: 11am ’til 4pm


Co-owners Nina Wynn-Hadinata, Morgen Wynn-Hadinata, Julian Peek, Elisha Guglielmucci and Samantha O’Connell could see a gap in the market for a recovery-themed brunch offering in Adelaide, and knew their CBD locale could work to their advantage.

“Look at the space! Every time we’re up here… it’s just, like, ‘Man, I want to hang out up here in the day time’,” Nina says.

“It’s going to be perfect for brunch, perfect for day drinking. It’s always been a part of the plan, it was just when we were going to execute it… and it just felt like the right time.”

Thirsty Tiger will see daylight


Although it’s pitched as a bottomless hangover recovery spot, for the fallout of a Saturday night on the town, the food and beverage offering has something for every brunch-goer, not just those who want to kick on.

“It’s not just for people who want to come and continue drinking, it is definitely extended for all types,” Morgen says.

“You can have a single Mimosa instead of 12. Not forcing it onto anyone!” Elisha elaborates as the team laugh in agreement.

The food menu includes brunch classics like French toast, eggs benny and steak and eggs, all with a Tiger twist.

Thirsty’s top pick, however, is the smashed avo, named One Night Stand. When co-head chef Joolz mentions the menu favourite, the team simultaneously ripples with praise.

Australia is known to be oversaturated with smashed avo concepts, but Joolz assures us Thirsty Tiger has a salivatory take.

“It’s a… thick slice of sourdough bread, with a heap of smashed avo, hot honey drizzle, whipped feta, balsamic, cherry tomatoes and it comes together with the [poached] egg,” Joolz says.

The menu will also, of course, pay homage to the food item Gang Gang made its name on.

“We’ve got a couple [of new] burgers,” Joolz says. “A brekky burger and then just a double-smash, simple, classic Gang-style burger.”

The booze will be bottomless (if you’re that way inclined), and the drinks on offer range from Mimosas with freshly squeezed orange juice to plain old (life-giving) coffee.

The brunch favourite


Music is a prominent element in all of Gang Gang’s projects, and an important consideration for any hospitality space. Thirsty Tiger is no different.

The venue has inducted resident DJ Dancespace for Sunday mornings, with a mix of house and disco that “fits the vibe,” Elisha says.

Morgen dusts off her DJ skills to give CityMag a taste of a Sunday brunch playlist, seamlessly mixing ‘Don’t Start Now’ by Dua Lipa into Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long (All Night)’.

Though Thirsty Tiger has nailed its food operations as a PM venue on Hindley Street, the crew admit there’s little on offer for brunch along the late-night strip.

They hope their reputation will be enough to attract the breakfast set.

“I guess it’s all about word of mouth at this point, I think it’s always been,” Nina says.

“Although we’re on Hindley Street… not many people do come down here for brunch. But when we were building, that was one of the biggest things — we couldn’t find anywhere to even have a proper coffee.

“Even with Parkside as well, it’s a destination. We’ve always kind of had that, and so now we’re just trying to find our footing and hopefully get the word out there.”

Thirsty tigers from L—R: Joolz Peek, Nina Wynn-Hadinata, Elisha Guglielmucci and Morgen Wynn-Hadinata (minus Samantha O’Connell)


As the seasons change, the team hopes to be able to extend Thirsty’s Sunday recovery brunch to a full-weekend occurrence, with goals for functions and summer sessions with live music by the end of the year.

“So, day parties – we can start off with our brunch and then once it hits that midday, afternoon, we can create some more events,” Morgen says.

“But that will be launched closer to the time, and bringing in some cooler acts, doing some more daytime stuff [and] utilising the sun that we actually get and how cool it is.”

Thirsty Tiger’s Sunday brunch kicks off this Sunday, 28 May, from 11am ’til 4pm, located upstairs at 99 Hindley Street.

Follow Thirsty Tiger on Instagram, or head to the website for more info.

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