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Rooftop bars and secret gardens

There’s something magical about summer. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining. With a city full of wonderful outdoor restaurant and cafes – on rooftops, by the river and in gardens – there’s plenty of options for soaking up some sunshine with friends. Here’s a handful we’ll think you’ll like.

On the rooftops

Verandah Bar - Strathmore Hotel

129 North Terrace, Adelaide


Have you checked out 'the Strath' since their recent renovations? It's a must see! Among the changes are a new all-weather Verandah area where you can sip on a cheeky cocktail while enjoying the sweeping views and all the sights and sounds of Adelaide's leafy cultural boulevarde, North Terrace.

Offering a bar and dining area, Verandah's retractable roof means you can enjoy the best of Adelaide's many sunshine filled days, or be comfortable when the skies go gray!

Grab a cocktail or just your favourite beer on tap. Their indoor lounge is the haven getaway. Sample their bar snack menu when you are not in the mood for that full meal.

The Hennessey Bar

45 King William Street, Adelaide

The HENNESSY Rooftop Bar atop the 5-star Mayfair Hotel is a glass-topped, al fresco terrace that gives you the feeling you’ve stepped into a city-oasis. With a lush green vertical garden and gorgeous views of the city-skyline, it's a stylish place to unwind. Guests can look forward to a premium drink menu featuring fine champagne, house cocktails, delectable snack food options as well as DJ entertainment Friday and Saturday nights.

The Hennessy Rooftop Bar is high-end, so be sure you’re dressed to impress. Entrance to the bar is via the Mayfair’s lower level, Mayflower Bar.


27 Gilbert Place, Adelaide

Florence Rooftop bar is delivering a little slice of Europe to Adelaide this summer. Perched atop Kaffana Restaurant on Gilbert Place, Florence is perfectly placed in between the city skyscrapers to let in the blue sky and rays of sunshine onto their quaint rooftop. For those of us who forget their SPF50+ before an afternoon at Florence, they have comfy lounges positioned under umbrellas to save your skin.

Bask in the spring sun while enjoying one of their staple cocktails – we recommend the Spiced Pear Daquiri – or a wine from their SA-centric wine list.

Proof Wine Bar

9 Anster St, Adelaide

Another gem of a bar tucked away down a laneway is specialty wine bar, Proof. With an unpretentious attitude, yet sleek style, this bar features an intimate upstairs terrace that fits just nicely between the high-rise buildings. The garden-like terrace is perfect for sitting outdoors for a lazy weekend catch up, a pre-dinner bevvie or a quick after-work drink any night of the week.

The menu offers some great bar snacks and gourmet toasties (think truffled mushroom & gruyere), and thanks to their sister restaurant press* now also extends to more substantial dishes such as sashimi, pasta and burgers.


Whitmore Square, Adelaide

Operated by The Sparkke Change Beverage Company, Sparkke at the Whitmore is all about individuality, social equity, forward thinking, and inclusivity. What sets Sparkke apart is their character – they are a female-led BrewPub, stocking Sparkke’s 100% natural beverages among the classics. Their rooftop is expansive and colourful, with plenty of seating for parties big and small.

The elevated pub food at Sparkke is crafted by Emma McCaskill, who focusses on seasonal menu changes and her Indian heritage, meaning the food is always fresh and the dishes are always fascinating. Women are the leading force at Sparkke, help #sparkkechange with Sparkke at the Whitmore!

In the gardens


Festival Drive, Adelaide
Access via Elder Park or the Adelaide Festival Centre Walk of Fame

Pandering to Adelaideans love of fresh, local seafood – A(lure) is part seafood-restaurant and part take-away-fish-and-chips located on the banks of the River Torrens.

In the restaurant expect to find the best offerings of Southern Ocean seafood, French Champagne, South Australian wines and craft beers.

Or if you’re keen to park down by the Riverbank, grab yourself the fanciest fish and chips in town with a serve of flathead, hand cut chips and remoulade, to take-away thanks!

The Gardens Cafe

Plane Tree Drive, Botanic Gardens of Adelaide

Located in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, The Garden Café & Kiosk is all about the greenery of the city. Their ample outside seating lets you enjoy the smell of fresh flowers in the botanic gardens all throughout summertime. They offer a variety of classic café and kiosk food – think bagels and sandwiches, all with a gourmet flare – while also featuring a variety of salads and staples like fish and chips. Their sweet food will surely have you marvelling at the sight of them, their cakes and pastries are almost too pretty to eat!

Pro tip: if you bring along your reusable coffee cups, you’ll get a discount off your daily brew!

Part Time Lover

Pilgrim Lane, Adelaide

Unless you tend to roam the streets like Pacman, this is one little gem you could easily miss. Tucked down a laneway between Pirie Street and Flinders Street, next to the Adelaide Town Hall’s Meeting Hall you’ll find Part-time Lover. Co-founders of Whistle & Flute, Pink Moon Saloon, Clever Little Tailor, Larry & Ladd among others are behind this latest inner-city brainchild.

Set to be the new summer hot spot, expect clean architectural lines and copious amounts of glass, stone, and timber as well as beautifully crafted, gourmet foods, a selection of interesting drinks, and good coffee.

Peter Rabbit Cafe and Bar

234-244 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Named after the classic children’s-storybooks – Peter Rabbit Café and Bar sets the scene for a whimsical garden adventure with friends. Set in the west end of Hindley Street – walking through the gate is like stepping into another world.

With a seasonal menu of garden-inspired delights, Peter Rabbit offer a daytime menu serving classic breakfast fare along with a selection of hand-picked belly-pleasers for lunch. From 3 pm choose from the night menu, with a selection of share foods and other tasty morsels. On the drink menu is a list of craft brews, hand-picked cocktails and local wines – so hop on over, find a sunny spot in the garden and get lost in the moment.