The best bars in Adelaide

From rum bars to secret bars, we're spoilt for choice as Adelaide's burgeoning bar scene continues to thrive.

If you think Adelaide pales in comparison to its east coast compatriots, consider popping by some of these fun bars for a taste of that South Australian hospitality.

1. The William Bligh

33 Vardon Ave., Adelaide | Facebook

You've got whisky bars, gin bars, and tequila bars, but The William Bligh specialises in that year-round spirit: rum. With 30 different rums on offer — from local ones to those as far-flung as Cuba and Jamaica — this small bar in Adelaide's hip East End wants you to know they've got your rum sorted.

2. Sunny's

17 Solomon St., Adelaide |

Is it a club, pizza joint or cocktail bar? Answer: It's everything and more. With five owners at its helm, Sunny's strives to give patrons the ultimate experience in food and drinks. Try their Brooklyn-style tomato, basil and mozzarella pizza, down a couple smoked peach bellinis, and shimmy on to the dance floor.

3. The Barlow Room

Lindes Lane, off Rundle Mall, Adelaide | Facebook

Located in the basement of the historic Barlow Building behind a hidden door, discovering The Barlow Room feels like being privy to a secret. It's also like entering a time warp. Find yourself transported to a French speakeasy in the 1920s, complete with live jazz and cabaret.

4. Therapy

2 Peel St., Adelaide |

Therapy takes their cocktails very seriously. With over 100 cocktails on the menu, including house-made mixers, one can expect to find the cocktail that is best suited to them. There are classics, fresh takes on classics, and ingenious new concoctions — the experts at the bar will happily offer advice if needed. There's table service if you need a longer chat, too.

5. Ancient World

116A Hindley St., Adelaide | Facebook

This is a dive bar with attitude. Billed as an artist-run multifunctional space, Ancient World has hosted a slew of diverse events — from a science talk, punk gigs to themed club nights. Local produce is also strongly underscored here: beers, wines and ciders are South Australian, with décor designed by local artists. It's the bar's way of giving back to the local community, and its success largely attributed to the Renew Adelaide programme.

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