Throw together a booming small bar scene and a Mediterranean climate that features mild winters, moderate rainfall and hot, dry summers, and you have a recipe for rooftop bar success. In the past few years Adelaide has shaken and stirred this recipe, too. There’s 2KW Bar and Restaurant atop a historic bank building on the corner of North Terrace and King William Street, which offers views from the coast to Parliament House, Adelaide Oval, Government House and the Adelaide Hills. Then lose the sneakers and tees for a more formal evening affair at the bar, and enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down. If the idea of a dress code has you choking on your beer, Hindley Street’s Rocket Rooftop might be more your thing. The cool, young crowd gathers for the alternative music-oriented Punk Ass Kids (first and third Wednesday of month) and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. Across the city on Anster Street, off Waymouth Street, Proof is a narrow little bar with a small deck area. Its dimly lit interior is unassuming, but the service is anything but – don’t be surprised if the bartenders remember your drink on your next trip to the bar.
These rooftop bars are scattered across the city, from the cultural boulevard of North Terrace to the Hindley Street nightlife hub and the business district off Pirie Street.