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An 1881 Irish pub with just enough of a whiff of Celtic kitsch...
This cool upstairs club used to be a pool hall (lots of elbow room)...
We like the signage here − a very minimal fluoro martini glass with a flashing olive. Inside it's a glam lounge with cocktails, quality beers and Adelaide dolls cuttin' the rug...
Hidden in the suburban Parkside backstreets is this atmospheric old bluestone pub, serving a winning combo of crafty microbrewed beers and the biggest schnitzels you're every likely to bite into (mains $13 to $26).
The hub of performing arts in SA, this crystalline white Festival Centre opened in June 1973, four proud months before the Sydney Opera House! The State Theatre Company (www.statetheatrecompany.com.au) is based here.
The pick of the West End clubs (there are quite a few of 'em around Light Sq − some are a bit moron-prone), Zhivago's DJs pump out everything from reggae and dub to quality house. Popular with the 18 to 25 dawn patrol.
Classy coffee and wine at this gorgeous chemist-turned-bar, dating from (you guessed it) 1878. Dark-timber medicine cabinets, bentwood chairs and Parisian marble-topped tables: perfect first-date territory.
Adelaide's biggest club fills five big rooms with shimmering sound and light. Night-time is the right time on Saturdays − the biggest (and trashiest) club night in town. Retro Wednesdays; live acts Fridays.
Facing-off across Rundle St, both these cinema complexes screen 'sophisticated cinema': new-release art-house, foreign-language and independent films as well as some mainstream flicks. Fully licensed, too.
Super-sassy Rundle St bar with a tight dress code (to the nines) and a kickin' organic cocktail list. Cheese boards and pizzas are available, but no-one here looks like they eat anything with any regularity.
There's shiny brass, sexy staff, much presluicing of glasses, and somewhere upwards of 26 imported Belgian superbrews (we lost count…). Order some moules-frites to go with your weiss beer. Off Rundle St.
In summer, pack a picnic and mosquito repellent, and spread out on the lawn to watch old and new classics under the stars. 'Gold Grass' tickets, which cost a little more, secure you a prime-viewing beanbag.
In a converted theatre, Jive caters to an off-beat crowd of student types who like their tunes funky, left-field and removed from the mainstream. A sunken dance floor = great views from the bar!
A cavernous mainstream sports bar with voyeuristic beach views and fold-back windows for when the sea breeze drops. Has as many screens as staff (there's a lot of each) and raucous Sunday sessions.
A cool place for SA wines and microbrews, with a jovial big-screen front bar, snooker room, music room (weekend DJs), and fireside lounge with chesterfields. Classy pub food too (mains $15 to $25).
A down-sized basement bar that stays and stays while other West End bars come and go. Hip staff, retro-lounge interior, funky tunes – arguably the best bar in town (if you can get in!).
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