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So it's 11pm in Adelaide, and you want to dance...

Sometimes you just need to have a boogie on a Saturday night to forget about the week past and the week ahead. Here’s our guide to the West End and surrounding area for your late-night jaunts.

Lion Arts Factory

68 North Terrace, Adelaide

Lion Arts Factory is the newest home for live music in the CBD. Most Friday and Saturday nights (and the odd Thursday and Sunday) it plays host to a variety of local, national, and international acts that bless Adelaide with their musical talents. 

With two stages, there’s always enough room to dance, or stay front and centre near the band. Make sure to check their website and Facebook for upcoming performances – they really do have an act for everyone!

Image credit: Harry Allwood

Fat Controller

136 North Terrace, Adelaide

Fat Controller, located in the basement off North Terrace and Bank Street, have been doing their thing since 2015. Playing host to countless concerts, DJ sets, club nights, and festival-after parties, Fat Controller is where crowds flock to drink and dance the night away. Their expansive basement is always lit by the face of the red Fat Man - who greets you upon entry - and the resident DJs never disappointed, even when the morning draws near and the sun starts to peek through.

Super California

9 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Super California is the go-to place for a good sing-along. If you like old Kanye, classic R&B, and the occasional OutKast to feature on your night out, then look no further. Their re-inventive nature means their interior is always fresh, having transitioned from Tijuana Showgirls to GoGo Lady Boy to Super California all in the past six years. 

Every rebrand comes with a revamp of the theme, and Super California brings the east coast of America to Adelaide, featuring a pastel pallet, freshly squeezed gin and juices, and a disco ball for good measure.


118 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Loverboy is the newest kid on Hindley Street, having opened their doors in July 2019. Although they don’t have the most obvious exterior (walk towards the car park and turn right – you’ll find people there in droves), they have made quite the impression in Adelaide already. 

Their music aims to splice decades together to create something fun and a little bit nostalgic. They serve an impressive list of cocktails from the two bars, but you can’t go past one of their (extremely large) frozen margaritas.

Cry Baby

11 Solomon Street, Adelaide

Cry Baby specialises in providing all things rock and roll to Adelaide club-goers. This polished dive bar is equipped with a jukebox and pool table, along with ample space for all your dancing needs. 

Throwback songs are nicely mixed with new-age rock, meaning there’s potential to sing along and to listen to your favourite up and comers. The bar staff are quick to serve and even quicker with a cocktail shaker - what’s not to love?

Image credit: Wade Whitington