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August 18, 2020

Fare and Square’s wine and vinyl nights will spin you right round

Stop in at the café and wine bar on Wellington Square for an after-work sip of South Australia, accompanied by the warm tones of vinyl.

Sitting pretty on the southeast corner of Wellington Square is a former wine shop, now transformed into Fare and Square – a unique space that’s café by day and effortlessly transforms into a wine bar at the exact moment our minds turn to aperitivo.


Fare and Square
6—8 Wellington Square, North Adelaide 5006
Mon—Wed: 7am ’til 3pm
Thu—Sat: 7am ’til 3pm, 5pm ’til 10pm
Sunday: 7am ’til 3pm, 4pm ’til 10pm

This article was produced in collaboration with Fare and Square.


Swing past and you’ll see the very Euro sight of dog walkers enjoying a glass of wine on the footpath, while inside the menu boards reveal an extensive wine list.

Owner Paul Denmead says the café’s breakfast and wine bar combo was something the community had always wanted.

“It wasn’t necessarily an inspiration, but it was a vision, it was something that the local community was actually looking and asking for,” Paul says.

The café owner says Fare and Square welcomes everyone, and he designed the space to appeal to as many groups as possible, but especially wine lovers fostering an affection for vinyl records.

“We’ll play my vinyl or yours, so you could come in and rock on to whatever,” says Paul.

Fare and Square is the kind of place where the locals are known by name (as well as by order – whether its a flat white or pinot noir), and Paul has set it up as a space to promote South Australian producers and suppliers.

The wine list is exclusively South Australian, all featured in a five-page list that runs from bottles of Rockford “Black” Sparkling Shiraz to Jim Barry ‘Florita’ Riesling to Henschke Tappa Pass Shiraz.

This month he’s also supporting the Adelaide Hills by sourcing his wine from the region and giving back to the bushfire appeal.

“The Adelaide Hills is renowned for it, so I didn’t think there was a need for me to go outside of South Australia to purchase wine,” Paul says.

Paul recommends the Adelaide Hills Fire Appeal 2019 Syrah Meunier in particular, a blend of Shiraz and Pinot Meunier that sends all proceeds to regions damaged by last year’s bushfires. Throughout August, in fact, any table booking for four will enjoy a bottle on the house.


Tasting the range of South Australia’s best wines on offer is made easier by Fare and Square’s Enomatic wine dispenser, allowing guests to order a wide selection of wines by the glass at different pour volumes.

“The wine is a little more sophisticated than what you’ll find in your basic restaurant and they are paired with some really good food that we’ve created, you can have some really good fun here,” Paul says.

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