Many restaurants in Adelaide allow "BYO". You can bring one or more bottles of wine to the restaurant and the staff will pour it for you and add a service charge to the bill, typically between about $8-20. Often this will work out cheaper than buying wine at the restaurant. Check beforehand with the restaurant. Making a reservation or group booking is considered polite and essential within Adelaide's pub and restaurant scene.
Gouger Street offers a wide range of tastes to suit many budgets in a variety of Asian, Italian and seafood restaurants as well as upmarket French, Argentinian and many other choices. From Friday to Sunday make sure to reserve a table to avoid disappointment. Gouger Street also incorporates Adelaide's "Chinatown Arch" which fronts a large number of budget eating options. As well as The Central Market, which on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings are buzzing with produce traders, sights and smells.
Hutt Street Offers a small variety of upmarket restaurants that please most tastes, and also has a wide variety of gourmet shops and supermarkets.
Rundle Street a large number of al fresco cafes and restaurants of varying budget and taste. It is the cultural hub of Adelaide and the equivalent of Melbourne's Chapel Street.
An eclectic mix of small restaurants and cafes make Melbourne Street an interesting place to eat.
The variety of take-aways, pubs, cafes, bakeries and restaurants that line most of O'Connell Street means you won't be wanting.
The Parade, Norwood has a long stretch of shopping and cosmopolitian dining. Buses from the CBD numbering 122-124 or a very short taxi ride.
Jetty Road / Mosley Square, Glenelg has a variety of restaurants and pubs at the end of a 30 minute tram journey.
Stuart Road, Dulwich features two cafes, a licensed restaurant and a very good bakery. Catch the 145 or 146 from North Ter which heads along Fullarton Rd and up Dulwich Ave.
King William Road, Hyde Park is an upmarket strip of fashionable cafes, coffee shops and restaurants.
Alfonzo 202 Hutt St. An Italian eatery and shop; a great place to enjoy breakfast and lunch any time of the day.
Elephant walk 76 Melbourne St, +61 8 8267-2006– particularly interesting because it is a small, cosy cafe which is very dimly lit. Each booth is separated by straw screens so you can't really see the other patrons. It opens at 8PM and if they're full, you'll have to wait outside for a table.
Jerusalem Sheshkebab House, 131B Hindley St, ☎ +61 8 8212 6185 . An Adelaide institution with decorations which probably haven't been changed in 30 years. Arguably Adelaide's best falafel and be sure to try the cauliflower dishes. Vegetarian/vegan friendly and BYO.
Nano, 23 Ebenezer Pl (in East End), ☎ +61 88227 0468. Daily. Italian home-style food, great breakfast, good coffee, value for money, Breakfast & lunch only, fresh daily. $5.80-15.
Dumpling King & Charlie's Shack, Corner of Grote and Moonta Sts. Plates of 10-15 dumplings, steamed/friend, pork/chicken and prawn, for $6.80-7.80. Charlie's Shack has pho, laksa and other soup noodles at reasonable prices.
Food courts off of Moonta St, Many different Asian cuisines at cheap prices. All you can fit on your plate for varying prices plus made to order food.
Hawker's Corner, 141 West Terrace, cnr Wright St. Much the same as the food courts but open at night. Cheap but tasty with a wide range of food.
Indiana Takeaway, Budget Indian food, located on the intersection of Marion Rd and Richmond Rd. From under $10.
Cafe de Vili, '2-14 Manchester St. (Off South Rd, after Richmond Rd). Vili is an Adelaide producer of pastries, especially pies and pasties. This unpretentious eatery at their factory serves full meals in addition to pastries. Shift workers and night owls regularly eat there because it is open 24 hr, 7 days. It is a minor Adelaide icon.
Fasta Pasta, is the McDonalds of pasta; although found in other states its popularity in South Australia is due to the chain having started in Adelaide. Expect to pay from $10 for a plate of pasta.
There are actually a lot of budget eateries in Adelaide. They don't usually look like much from the outside but most have something going for them - the reason that they are still in business. It pays to look through menus plastered onto doors. Cheap eats should be anywhere from $8-14 for a main, and no more.
Amalfi, 29 Frome St, ☎ +61 8 8223 1948. This little Italian place located just off Rundle St has a loyal following and is usually jam packed. It has an inventive range of pizzas and pastas, with quality a cut above the other Italian cafes filling Rundle St.
Chefs Of Tandoori 292 Unley Rd, ☎ +61 8 8373 5055. As the name suggest, founded by Indian chefs who deserted the Tandoori Oven across the road. Good Indian food at a very reasonable price.
Concubine 132 Gouger St, ☎ +61 8 8212 8288. Amazing modern contemporary Chinese/Thai but very affordable.
Fellini, 102 O'Connell St, ☎ +61 8 8239 2235. Large North Adelaide cafe is packed to the rafters every weekend. The menu is Italian-based pasta, pizza and so on, but what keeps the punters coming back is the large size of the menu and inventiveness of the dishes.
Jasmin, 31 Hindmarsh Sq, ☎ +61 8 8223 7837. Arguably Adelaide's best Indian restaurant. Beautifully decorated, with classical music playing and impeccable service. The very hot curries (vindaloo and tindaloo) are especially good. You might also consider trying the mixed entree or orange sponge cake.
Kenji Modern Restaurant, 242 Hutt St,☎ +61 8 8232 0944. Nominated as the best Japanese restaurant in Adelaide.
La Trattoria, 346 King William St,☎ +61 8 8212 3327. Italian restaurant and pizzeria since 1975. Traditional food served by a larger than life Italian family. Open til late.
Nu Thai, 228 Morphett St, ☎ +61 8 8410 2288. Slightly more expensive than Regent, with a more adventurous menu. They have a huge blackboard inside with a long list of specials which change regularly.
The Queen's Head Hotel, 117 Kermode St, ☎ +61 8 8267 1139. This little trendy pub place located just off King William St and Adelaide Oval (Cathedral End) has a quality award-winning range of pizzas and wine selection, popular drinking and eating hole before and after an AFL game during winter months.
Raj on Taj, King William Rd, ☎ +61 8 8271 7755. Good, reasonably priced Indian food. There are two Raj on Taj restaurants, one in Hyde Park and one nearby in Unley. The Hyde Park one is the better of the two.
Regent Thai, 165 O'Connell St, ☎ +61 8 8239 0927. Excellent and consistent standard Thai menu. The friendly proprietor Chang was a refugee from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Try the oysters in coriander sauce, the red curry chicken, or ask for a whole fish steamed with ginger and shallots. Its sister restaurant at Glenelg, Phuket, is worth checking out as well. Mains $13-18.
Enoteca 262 Carrington St, ☎ +61 8 8227 0766. This restaurant is attached to Adelaide's Italian Club, so you would expect top quality Italian food along with an extensive selection of local and Italian wines.
Magill Estate Restaurant, 78 Penfold Rd, Magill, ☎ +61 8 8301 5551. While the food here is good, the real stars are the view and the wine list. This restaurant is owned by Penfolds, probably Australia's best-known premium red wine maker, and overlooks the vineyards on their Magill property, not far from the city centre. The grapes grown on this estate are used to make the Magill Estate label single vineyard Shiraz. The wine list allows you to order back vintages of the Penfolds and other wines going back 20 or more years.
Gaucho's, 91 Gouger St ☎ +61 8 8231 2299. Award winning Argentinian steakhouse
Windy Point Restaurant, Windy Point Lookout, Belair Rd. ☎ +61 8 8278 8255. Nice ambiance, excellent service and good food prepared in a unique way with a nice view of the city skyline. For those who wish to have a less formal setting, the adjacent cafe also offers a good selection. Usually only open for dinner from 6PM onwards, though lunches are possible with prior arrangements.
Red Ochre,War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide. ☎ +61 8 8211 8555. Modern Australian restaurant with a nice ambience situated on the River Torrens and with a good view of the city skyline.
Shiki Restaurant, (Intercontinental Hotel Adelaide), North Ter. ☎ +61 8 8231-2382. Japanese restaurant with a nice atmosphere in one of Adelaide's premier hotels. Mainly known for it's teppanyaki but also serves other Japanese dishes like sushi, sashimi and tempura.
Press* Food and Wine, 40 Waymouth St, ☎ +61 8 8211 8048. Trendy modern Australian restaurant with a regularly changing locally-sourced menu and extensive wine list. Long benches downstairs for casual dining (no reservations), upstairs for formal seating (reservations taken). Expect a wait on a Fri/Sat night if you're looking to sit downstairs.
There are pubs and bars dotted all around the CBD, but a few districts are worth singling out. Rundle Street and its neighbouring area known simply as "The East End" have a number of popular pubs. Hindley St used to be notorious as the seedy home of Adelaide's strip clubs and bikie bars, but it, and "The West End" have undergone a renaissance. The eastern end of Hindley Street is more mainstream, whereas the western end, west of Morphett Street has a few trendier and more alternative venues. The seedy places are still there, but so too is a university campus and a number of trendy bars and clubs. Also important are Gouger Street and its many restaurants but with an increasing number of bars and pubs. O'Connell Street is home to a few of North Adelaide's popular pubs.
There are also many bars in the suburbs of Adelaide which usually are busier on Thursday and Friday evenings. Quite a lot of the locals will go to the hotels in the suburbs on Thursday and Friday evenings, and go into the Adelaide CBD on Saturday evenings.
Smoking in pubs and clubs is banned under South Australian law. Many drinking establishments have outdoor areas where smoking is permitted.
Grandstand, Adelaide Casino, North Ter, ☎ +61 8 8212 2811. Su-Th 10AM-late, F Sa 11AM-5:30AM. Situated on the 1st floor of Adelaide Casino, Grandstand is Adelaide's premier venue for watching all live sporting events. Featuring several TV screens showing all the action from Fox Sports, Setanta and Main Event, Grandstand also has full Keno and TAB facilities. A bar menu is also available, as are regular great drink promotions.
Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, ☎ +61 8 8223 3212. M-W 11AM-3AM, Th-Sa 11AM-4AM. Situated just off Rundle St, this Adelaide institution is often referred to as "The Cranker", or less kindly, the "Crowd of Wankers" attracts those of an alternative bent. Goths, metalheads, punks and hippies all mingle in this multi-roomed venue, sipping beer. But don't worry, piercings and tattoos aren't essential to have a good time. Music playing could be just about anything.
Worldsend, 208 Hindley St, ☎ +61 8 8231 9137. M-F 11AM-late, Sa 4PM-late, Su closed. Serves food all day. This lively pub features a beer garden and a solid restaurant. The crowd is generally early to mid 20s, many from the nearby Hindley Street campus of the University of South Australia. While it definitely has a strong pub feel, the music is more like a bar, with live jazz and funk, house and drum'n'bass (rather than rock) the order of the day.
The Exeter, 246 Rundle St, ☎ +61 8 8223 2623. This friendly old-school pub is much frequented by students from nearby Adelaide University and TAFE. At night, it has an alternative feel drawing crowds from all areas. Two back rooms contain a great little restaurant. The curry nights on Wednesday and Thursday are popular. Small music venue, mostly showcasing live alternative bands. M-Su 11AM-late.
The Archer, 60 O'Connell St, ☎ +61 8 8361 9300. Modern, hip feel and a large range of beers on tap. Be aware that it has to close earlier than most places (usually midnight) due to residential noise restrictions.
The Cumberland Arms, 205 Waymouth St, ☎ +61 8 8231 3577. M 9AM-midnight, Tu 9AM-1AM, W-Th 9AM-3AM, F Sa 6PM-4AM, Su 6PM-2AM. Located in a strip of bars and clubs along the southern end of Light Square adjacent to Hindley St. The Cumberland was bought out and refurbished some years ago. Nowadays it's a cozy spot which does a good job of being all things to all people. The front bar areas conceal a dance floor within, where a DJ is invariably playing house, and an outdoor area around the side. The popularity of "The Cumby" is cyclic, but if it's not happening, one of the adjacent places will be.
The Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, ☎ +61 8 8231 5500. (Opposite "The Cumberland). The Grace has plenty of trinkets behind and around the bar to keep one's eyeballs busy whilst nursing a Coopers or bloody mary. Local, interstate and overseas bands play most nights. Every Monday night Billy Bob's BBQ Jam sees a variety of local bands strut their stuff to impress the crowd with 3 or 4 songs (though perhaps more by popular demand) whilst a sausage sizzle out the beer garden feeds the hordes - a highlight of an otherwise quiet evening in Adelaide.
The Austral, Rundle St. On the main street for shopping and nightlife in Adelaide, which is really the same long street as Hindley St but with a different name either side of King William Road, and the pedestrian only Rundle Mall in the middle. The Austral is the unofficial backpackers pub of choice, but still very popular with the locals.
Coopers Alehouse, 316 Pulteney St, (Also known by the original name still on the front facade The Earl of Aberdeen). The only pub to hold the complete range of Coopers Beers on tap, including the Vintage Ale. Also serves good food, including pizzas, in the attached Arnou Woodfired at the Earl restaurant. 10 min walk from the Rundle St-Pulteney St intersection.
The Stag, 299 Rundle St. (cnr of Rundle and East Tce). More up market establishment, with good views of the parklands from the al fresco seating, good range of drinks and weekly live music. The second floor balcony literally overlooked the old Formula 1 street circuit and was always crammed with race fans. With the shortened Clipsal 500 course this is no longer possible, but still a good place to go after the days races. (Pub recently closed and liquidated)*
Clever Little Tailor, 19 Peel St, Cosy little bar on the quiet Peel St, just off of Hindley St, with a great selection of wine, beer and liquor and bartenders who know their stuff. Great interior with casual bar seating and a few tables on the upper level.
Udaberri, 11 Leigh St, Small double-level bar on Leigh St, packed on weekends with a fashionable crowd. Great for beer, wine, well-made cocktails and a bite to eat.
First,' 128 Rundle Mall, ☎ +61 8 8223 4044. (In the Richmond Hotel), The only nightspot on Rundle Mall. First started life as a chilled out cocktail bar, but rapidly became popular as an after-work spot on Fridays, and could now also be filed under "clubs". On weekends they are packed out and play commercial house, but on weeknights it reverts to the original cocktail bar atmosphere.
Fumo Blu, 270 Rundle St, ☎ +61 8 8232 2533. Below ground cocktail lounge in the heart of Rundle St.
Supermild, 182 Hindley St, ☎ +61 8 8212 9699. Situated underground (Look for steps leading down off Hindley Street West). A dimly-lit, chilled out cocktail bar with a popular beer garden out the back. DJs have eclectic electronica tendencies.
Rocket Bar, 142 Hindley St. Inconspicuously located on Hindley St (it's a door with a sign above it). Live venue hosting international/interstate and local alternative indie acts. Also home to indie/alternative Modular nights and CATS on Fridays. Boasts an open-air rooftop space with a complete bar and tropical atmosphere. Open every weekend until late.
HQ,  1 North Tce, ☎+61 8 7221 1245, (Previously known as "Heaven" and "Heaven II"), A complex at the far end of the West End with the best sound system and most floor space to be found anywhere in the city. It is easily Adelaide's largest club. The big nights are Saturday, where you'll hear mostly commercial house, with a little trance, and Wednesday, which is a retro night. Fridays can also be big, depending on what's on.
Mars Bar, 120 Gouger St, ☎ +61 8 8231 9639. Adelaide's only gay club. Straight people are also welcome.
Jive, 181 Hindley St. 300 capacity mainly live venue that hosts local and interstate rock/alternative/indie acts. Also home to indie/alternative dance club Gosh! on Saturdays after the bands. Open every weekend and sometimes during the week.
Sugar, 274 Rundle Street, Adelaide, ☎ (08) 8223 6160. An above-ground nightclub most popular for its hip-hop/RnB nights every Wednesday. Sugar plays an eclectic variety of music depending on which night of the week you attend, and tends to be open most nights of the week. There are several pool tables away from the bar and dance floor in the case that you feel like a quick game.