Bucks Parties are pretty much synonymous with big nights out with the boys. Nothing beats breaking out a bit of two-step on the dance floor – or if you’re really feeling it, the sprinkler. If you’ve just jetted into Adelaide and you’re looking for somewhere to get a little weird, we’ve rounded up a list of the best nightclubs on offer in Adelaide. They’re tried and tested (we’ve got the d-floor injuries to prove it) and we promise they’re as reliable as your infamous pair of Converse. What are you waiting for? Get those dance moves ready.
Reminiscent of a Melbourne laneway, Zhivago is definitely worth checking out. The dimly lit basement bar smack bang in the middle of the CBD and is covered in bright street art – it’s hard to miss. With a huge central bar and plenty of lounges, you can double park yourself with a couple of Vodka Red Bulls and settle in for a good chin way. If you’ve got a bit more energy, the dance floor space is huge.
Zhivago – 54 Currie Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Rocket Bar and Rooftop
Launch yourself up a couple of flights of stairs and you’ll find a pack out dance floor. Rocket Bar and Rooftop is another real, unpretentious and wild favourite for every Adelaide local. There’s even a raised dance floor for you to show off what your Mumma gave you, while you get low to the interstate DJ or live band hosting the night. If you need a bit more of a breather, you can take another flight of stairs to the large rooftop cocktail garden. This outdoor oasis boasts views across the city and will be a little gentler on your ears.
Rocket Bar and Rooftop – 142 Hindley Street, Adelaide, South Australia
This semi outdoor bar is a relaxed option for a bevvie and boogie. Superfish is located in a space that’s previously houses an array of summer pop-up bars over the years, meaning there are plenty of nooks and crannies to just sit and talk shit. When you’ve built up an appetite from all the chin-wagging, there is a South American street food inspired menu that will have you drooling for days. Paired with a local wine, beer or tiki-themed cocktail, this popular watering hole is everything your inner tropical goddess has ever dreamt of.
Superfish – 188 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia
There is no better way to celebrate your best mate’s final days of freedom than with a trashy dance experience. If you’re after vodka sunrises, filthy R&B bangers, electric energy and a light-up dance floor, Red Square is where you need to be. It’s the type of place that you can go at 6am on a Sunday morning when you’re not ready to finish partying… so they say anyway.
Red Square – 111 Hindley Street, Adelaide, South Australia
HQ Complex plays host to a myriad of high-end touring artists. Offering bright lights, phat beats and a free flow of drinks, this slick venue is the ultimate place to hit the dance floor like no one is watching. The music ranges from old-school hip hop and hard core rock to Taylor Swift and local bands. The crowd is unpretentious and everyone is up for a good time.
HQ Complex – 1 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
Since opening its doors more than a decade ago, Electric Circus has led the charge in Adelaide’s nightlife scene. Operating Thursday and Saturday night, as well as the odd Friday, interstate and international guests are privy to dropping by on a weekly basis. When you’ve slut-dropped, dabbed and lawn-mowered your way across the room, you can give your feet a well earned break on one of the many lounges around the boutique basement nightclub.
Electric Circus – 17 Crippen Place, Adelaide 5000
With a name that sweet, it’s no surprise that Sugar is one of Adelaide’s most popular night clubs. The intimate venue pumps house, disco and techno music from Wednesday to Sunday, until the early hours of the morning. With an art gallery, pool tables and some big headlining names, there really is something for everyone.
Sugar – 274 Rundle Street Adelaide 5000
This will be the last time you associate Jive with a dance your Grandparents are always going on about. This Adelaide venue manages to combine a chilled out vibe with killer tunes, making it one of the hottest places in town. Every night of the week, the in-house DJ spins everything from 60s tune to indie band until the wee hours. The range of alcohol is high in quantity and rich in quality.
Jive – 181 Hindley Street Adelaide 5000
Downtown on Hindley
Get down at Downtown. As one of the newest and freshest additions to the bustling Hindley Street, this is a one-stop shop for epic tunes, crazy drink specials and big name acts. We would say that a night here is unforgettable but we wouldn’t want to make a promise that we can’t keep.
Downtown on Hindley – 27 Hindley Street Adelaide 5000