South Australia is full of hidden treasures, but sometimes you need a little nudge in the right direction to get there. So come down the rabbit hole with Fritz as we discover some South Australian hidden gems.
GU Cinema on Hindley
Did you know that Hindley street has a new cinema? Us neither. The bones of the old Greater Union have been updated and upgraded – serving up a new movie complex for the west end of Adelaide. It’s like seeing an ex, years after you’ve broken up and feeling a familiar but entirely new twang of attraction. Boasting six cinemas and two Vmax screens – the new cinema will showcase a mixture of blockbusters, arthouse and cult classics. Plus, they are licensed, so you can sip on a chilled Chardy or a cocktail while taking in your film of choice. If you’re feeling particularly arthouse, why not pop into the attached art gallery? SMOCK gallery will be launching on Friday July 21.
Two-Bit Villains is a vintage-inspired soda bar and restaurant that caters for vegetarian/vegan Adelaideans, set upstairs in the historic Adelaide Arcade ballroom. Hidden away from the Rundle Mall crowds – it’s the perfect place to take a trip back in time.
“It’s like seeing an ex, years after you’ve broken up and feeling a familiar but entirely new twang of attraction.”
In a stunning setting you can suck down on hand-crafted sodas, milkshakes and floats and munch on guilt-free burgers, hot dogs and nachos. You’ll find us there pretending to be extras in a Happy Days episode.
Lino Ramble Cellar Door
Hidden behind Noddy’s Curiosity Shop on Gawler street in Port Noarlunga is a quaint three-meter by two-meter tasting room and sun-lit courtyard known as Lino Ramble. With a name meant to invoke the same rambling fearlessness you have as a child – this darling cellar door is the perfect place to pause life for a moment and indulge in some cracking wines while playing a game of chess.
The Barlow Room
Entry through the fireplace gives this secret Adelaide bar a feel of intrigue and wonder. Located in the basement of the historic Barlow Buildings in Rundle Mall, The Barlow Room is the speakeasy of your childhood dreams. So if you want to sip on fancy cocktails, while listening to live jazz and eating tapas in an underground bar accessed through a fireplace – then you know where to go.
Antique Market’s Hidden Bookstore
Grote Street’s vintage clothing and accessories store is full of secret grottos packed with glorious old trinkets. Enter and make your way past cabinets packed with treasures of yore until you reach the rear of the store. There, a delightfully mysterious entrance leads to a large room packed with secondhand books.
“Usually we would advise against wandering down dank, dark alleyways – but consider Ancient World your pot of gold at the end of a trash filled walkway.”
The shelves are stocked by Michael Treloar (from Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers) and the quality is great. Happy hunting. Say ‘hi’ to Antique Market owner Dean Donovan while you’re there. If you have time, head upstairs to flick clothing racks and peruse the little antique toy museum. It’s a nostalgic delight.
Usually we would advise against wandering down dank, dark alleyways – but consider Ancient World your pot of gold at the end of a trash filled walkway. Originally opened in 2014 as a one off pop-up for Fringe Festival, the organisers knew they were on to a good thing – and with the help of Renew Adelaide became a staple in December 2014. As an artist run multifunctional space, Ancient World hosts a number of events from dance parties, to spoken-word nights to zine fares. So turn left down the alleyway after the dodgy massage place and prepare to enter of world of your own choosing.
Tucked away off the main roads and under a canopy of tall trees – Piccadilly Kitchen is the Hills best kept secret. Run by the Pote family in an old general store, this is the place to come for good old-fashioned soul food. Homemade pot pies will warm you from the inside out during winter, while in summer, salads and a vegetarian frittata go down a treat as you lounge around among the lush greenery. But the real drawcard? Their milk tarts served year-round with a dusting of cinnamon. Timing is everything with this little gem – only opening Friday and Saturday.
Squirreled away on Hyde Street, Baddog Bar is the inner city drinking hole hidden in plain sight. Behind a non-descript wooden door on the unassuming street is a low-lit, industrial style bar with lush leather booths.
“You’ll find us there pretending to be extras in a Happy Days episode.”
Open most nights from 5:00pm till late, and with live blues on Fridays -– heading to Baddog feels like crashing the best house party in the street. Handy, as their unofficial catch phrase is ‘if the light is on, we’re open’.
Third Time Lucky Coffee
In a blink and you’ll miss it, as you fang down Henley Beach Road spot, Third Time Lucky Coffee is the third brain child from the crew that brought you Devour café. With slick, minimalist interior design – at Third Time Lucky you come for the coffee and stay for the donuts. If sweets aren’t your thing, they also provide a host of bagels that would make any New Yorker proud. Third times the charm with this little beauty.
The Joiners Whiskey Den
If you enjoy your whiskey (or whisky) with a side of bomb-shelter chic then The Joiners is the place for you. The Hindmarsh pub has opened up its 150-year-old cellar to the public for private functions. With a capacity of 12 people, the cozy, rustic space features a private bar with a selection of rare whiskeys, gin, craft beer and wine. Perfect for a hen’s night with a difference or your next book club meeting.
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