Clever Little Tailor (19 Peel Street)
The Original, and the Best. That may be Smiths Chips’ slogan but it applies more accurately to ‘Clever Little Tailor’. Before Peel Street was the biggest little laneway in Adelaide, it had one establishment to whet the appetite of laneway lovers and paint the potential of what would become one of Adelaide’s most exciting precincts.
Despite being a mere two-years-old, ‘Clever Little Tailor’ has established itself as an institution in Adelaide’s small bar scene.
Thrift Shop Bar (Waymouth Place)
Wandering through the sprawling alleyways of Adelaide’s CBD, you may have stumbled across the faux-grassy knolls of ‘Thrift Shop Bar’ which boasts 100% Australian spirits. With their admittedly thrift shop décor and friendly staff, this is a hidden gem amongst the kitchen doors and office blocks of Waymouth Place.
Come here for after work drinks without the after work crowd and keep an eye out for their very own Quandong Gin.
Hains and Co. (23 Gilbert Place)
Bringing something to Gilbert Place that isn’t Pancake Kitchen is exciting enough, but this new bar has some starboard style. Decked out as if it were an eccentric millionaire’s private yacht, ‘Hains and Co.’, caters to all of your rum-drinking, swashbuckling desires.
Snag a table if you can catch it, and try to find your sea legs after a few drinks.
Chihuahua Bar (20 Peel Street)
Specialising in tequila’s curious cousin mescal, this Mexican bar is an explosion of colour, tiles, and sugar skulls. With a logo depicting a Chihuahua skull and cross bones, this bar is unlike many of its Peel Street peers. Come here when your night is getting far too civilised and leave when you are fully aware of the intricacies of mescal and its effect on your dancing abilities.
Words by Bonnie McBride