With the growing amount of amazing restaurants, small bars and cafés, Adelaide’s laneway scene is constantly changing and transforming what was once a sleepy town, into an incredible late night scene with a vibrant nightlife and unbeatable hangout spots.
Wondering where to head for dinner and drinks tonight? Take a look at Adelaide’s top laneways.
First on the list is an obvious choice, Peel Street. One of our city’s most popular laneways, Peel Street is home to a number of fantastic small bars and restaurants including the elusive Peel Street restaurant, Gondola Gondola and 2nd & 6th. After dinner, it would be hard to pass up a drink at one of the many small bars. For an amazing ‘gin & juice’ made with freshly squeezed fruit, Clever Little Taylor is your go-to. Looking for a great craft beer and a game of darts? Alfreds Bar is the place to be. Venture through to Maybe Mae (if you can find the secret door) and grab a delicious cocktail. We could go on but we’d be here all day!
After a long day of shopping in Rundle Mall, this laneway will be your first stop for a relaxing drink and catch up with friends. A café, wine bar and lounge, Lindes Lane has your day, evening and night covered! Enjoy lunch or dinner at this laneway with a variety of dishes including, dukkah crusted salmon, pulled pork burrito salad bowls and even everyone’s favourite, steak sandwiches! Lindes Lane also have a tremendous beer list with well loved craft beer labels from around the state including, Pirate Life Brewery, Mismatch Brewing and Clare Valley Brewing
Ebenezer Place / Vardon Avenue
Adelaide’s East End is a treasure trove of unique and wonderful venues, restaurants and stores. No matter what cuisine you’re in the mood for, this side of town has it! For scrumptious, shared Afghani food, head to Kutchi Deli Parwana. Feeling a little French? Hey Jupiter is a Parisians dream with delicious breakfast and brunch options (yes there are croissants!). For the wine lover in all of us, East End Cellars and Mother Vine have amazing drops and antipasto boards, or grab a craft beer or scotch from Nola. Planning a whole night out has never been easier with Ebenezer Place and Vardon Avenue also doubling up as a great area for dinner and dessert with Belgian Beer Cafe and Chocolat! Throughout Summer this area comes alive, particularly when the Ebenezer night markets take place where the public flock and participating stall holders display their artisanal products.
Running parallel to Peel Street, Leigh Street is another laneway filled with a mix of diverse small bars and niche restaurants. If you work in the city or just fancy yourself one of the best coffee’s our city has to offer, check out Coffee Branch. If you want to brush up on your salsa skills while enjoying amazing tapas, then head to Casablala on a Wednesday as they host latin night! There’s always something to do down this busy laneway with restaurants including Gondola Gondola, Rigoni’s Bistro, Cos 18 Leigh and Shobosho and small bars, Udaberri and Pink Moon Saloon.
Gilbert Place is one of the smaller laneways boasting only a handful of venues, but amazing ones at that! Hain’s and Co is a popular whisky and gin bar that attracts a great crowd daily – the perfect after work drinks hangout! Got those 3am pancake cravings? The Pancake Kitchen is open 24 hours, serving up a mix of sweet and savoury pancake-y goodness. Russian restaurant newcomer, Red October Bar opened it’s doors recently and dishes up authentic Russian cuisine such as Chebureki and Ajika Pork. Lastly, if you’re planning the all-important hen’s do, Gilbert Place is also home to Madame Josephines.