11 things to do in Adelaide at night

Winter nights you’ll love

As the summer sun sets on our beautiful city, we begin looking for things to do during the hours of evening darkness that winter brings. Shortly, our evenings will be chillier and our hours of daylight reduced. As much as we love the summer; comfortably taking a dip in the sea at 9pm, eating al fresco dinners and walking to hilltop viewpoints, there’s something cosy about winter evenings. At SA Weekend Escapes, we’re believers of the idea that you can make winter work for you! Throw on a jacket, wrap up warm, bring a flask of tea and pack a blanket; we’re about to show you eleven things to do in Adelaide at night, to take away the winter blues.

Things to do in Adelaide at night

Get cosy at a rooftop bar

Granted, this isn’t Melbourne, but we do have our fair share of rooftop bars in South Australia today. Wrap up warm, bring a hat and prepare for a chilly night with wine in hand and views over the city. You’ll feel like you’re in London on an autumnal day.

In recent months Merrymaker has become an Adelaide favourite, boasting the highest rooftop in the city, paired with great drinks, wonderful seafood and lots of nibbles. Of course our favourite rooftop bars still remain: Hennessy at the top of the Mayfair Hotel, 2KW and the beautiful Sol Bar at Sky City. However, if you’re looking for something new, spend an evening at Merrymaker and watch the fresher temperatures and darker nights turn into something positive and somewhat magical!

an Adelaide rooftop bar at night

Pic credit: Hotel Indigo Adelaide

Visit the board game cafe

The topic of things to do in Adelaide at night just got interesting, with a new board game cafe in the CBD opening in recent weeks. Head to the Lost Dice this winter with a bunch of friends and turn dark nights into cosy game evenings. While you’re there, you can also indulge in some drinks and tasty snacks to really set the scene for a homey night with your loved ones.

Make the most of Adelaide Central Market

We all visit Adelaide Central Market every now and then, but visiting at night is something we don’t do enough. Open until 9pm on Friday, the market is an excellent place to do some casual shopping and all important eating in the evening. Pick up some cheese, wine, veggies and all sorts of speciality products for the weekend, and end the night by grabbing a steaming hot paella.

Adelaide central market

Pic credit: Josh Geelen

Watch the sunset

Watching the sunset wrapped up in winter clothes is just as nice as watching it in a cozzie. Head to the beach, take a blanket and maybe some snacks, and watch the sun go down on another day. Alternatively, those living closer to the hills can do the same but from up high (if you haven’t done this recently you’re missing out). Views over Adelaide from the lofty heights of the hills are beautiful at sunset, and at night the twinkling lights of the city are equally as stunning.

winter night on the beach watching sunset

Pic credit: Michael Waterhouse Photography

Play golf at Holey Moley

Golf indoors. When it comes to things to do in Adelaide at night, this has to be one of the best options. Head to Holey Moley  with some friends this winter and practice your mini golf skills, all the while surrounded by 80s and 90s themed fun. Food and drinks are available here, and the music brings the whole experience together.

Try out the Adelaide restaurants you’ve always meant to

Adelaide is so spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants. We have food from across the world all spread across fine-dining settings, casual eateries and diners. This winter, make a list of your favourite spots (or just the ones you’re desperate to try out) and tick them off the list. Dark winter nights were made for indulging and drinking red wine.

sunnys pizza restaurant

Pic credit: Duy Dash

Go to the theatre or catch a movie

Adelaide has a number of theatres and cinemas that are perfect for dark evenings. For example, at Regal Theatre in Burnside, movie tickets are super reasonable and a selection of ice cream and treats at the counter make it even more inviting. The very grand design of the place makes watching a movie a special experience. In addition, keep your eye on places such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, where every now and then you might find something you’d love to buy a ticket for. What better way to spend a weekend than with a show.

a theatre in the city

Pic credit: Aaron Citti

Try some ice skating

Ice skating is the perfect remedy for cold winter evenings. Take to the ice and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into the cold weather of Northern Europe. At Ice Arena opening times allow for skating from 7.30-10.30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, making it ideal for those in search of energetic activities that don’t involve drinking during the weekends.

Take a stroll

Adelaide is a beautiful city at night time, what with its bright lights and reflective river. Take a walk along the River Torrens, which runs through the city, and take in the beautiful surroundings. There’s always a bar or restaurant to pop into when you need it.

Adelaide at night time

Pic credit: Michael Waterhouse Photography

Have a go at bouldering

Bouldering is something that requires no equipment and no professional skills – just a can-do attitude. Bring the whole family and roam the bouldering gym, climbing the walls you choose. A thick soft matt will catch you when you fall. Bouldering can be fun for the kids, but also adults of any age who are willing to give it a go. Head to Beyond Bouldering in either Keswick or Kent Town to get a work out and to find out if this activity could be for you!

Make a weekend of it

Staycations are in, and they’re here to stay. We haven’t been able to travel this year, so why not take the opportunity to book into an Adelaide Hotel and absolutely spoil yourself! Situate yourself in the city and explore from the comfort of your hotel room. Eat, drink, wander and explore across a weekend away from home. We promise, it truly feels like a holiday!

Pick from the two options below and plan your city break today.

1. A luxury staycation in the city

Go all out and choose a luxury stay with your partner at Quality Apartments Adelaide Central. Newly revitalised and re-opening only recently, this spot has an inner-city, urban and exclusive feel. Apartments have their own modern kitchens and facilities, meaning you can head to the markets and cook for yourself if that’s what you enjoy.

To get planning your luxury staycation in the city, click here. 

hotel room Adelaide

2. A comfortable place to lay your head

If you’re the kind of person who hardly steps foot in their hotel room, preferring to eat out, drink out, explore more and relax less, this option might be for you. With affordable yet very spacious and rooms and apartments on offer, Adelaide Meridien is ideal for those seeking a good location on a lower budget. Situated in North Adelaide, Adelaide Meridien is surrounded by great cafes and restaurants. There is also a restaurant and a pool on site.

Plus, book a month in advance and you could receive 15% off!

hotel Adelaide

Pic credit: Adelaide Meridien

More things to do in Adelaide at night (and during the day)

To explore a few more options regarding things to do in Adelaide at night, and places to explore during the day, check out our Ultimate Guide to Adelaide.