Wine and Dine on Adelaide Time


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    Known as the City of Churches, Adelaide was once pinned as a sleepy city on Australia’s southern coast. Famed for its beaches, surf break and abundance of wineries, it was considered a small and quiet city. But recently Adelaide has seen a change, as it pushes away from the sleepy beach-side town and into a vibrant, eclectic and cultural mecca of wine, food and art.

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By Olivia Croagh
5th January 2016

We’ve compiled a list to keep you busy, well-fed and well-watered during your Adelaide sleepover.

Art to see:

  • Tandanya, the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, specialises in Indigenous Australian art, storytelling and music.
  • The Art Gallery of South Australia was established in 1881. The gallery is in an original Victorian building and houses a vast collection of art — a must see when visiting Adelaide.
  • The Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia features work from up-and-coming as well as established artists, with a mission to: “promote, develop and support contemporary art practice and critical thinking through South Australian, national and international exhibitions, publications, debate and associated activities.”

Restaurants and bars to check out:

  • NOLA is one of the best places for the craft beer craze. A New Orleans inspired bar, it has an abundance of craft beers on tap and an array whiskey options — pairing the food with classic Louisiana dishes including gumbo and fried green tomatoes.
  • Chianti is one of Adelaide’s most awarded restaurants. Established in 1985, the old restaurant is renowned for its Mediterranean and Italian menu with an extensive wine list.
  • If small and intimate is what you like, Clever Little Tailor is widely known for serving Adelaide’s best cocktails. With creative drinks and delicious bar snacks, this haunt is a favourite among locals.
  • Atop a heritage building, 2KW serves modern Australian cuisine in a designer setting, nestled amongst the Adelaide skyline. With a rooftop terrace and sweeping city views, both the food and the view will be sure to impress.

Wine to savour:

  • d’Arenberg is one of Adelaide’s premier wineries. Sip and enjoy the view or dine at d’Arrys Veranda Restaurant. During the summer months, d’Arenberg puts on Lazy Lawn Days, where you can lounge back on the lush lawns and enjoy games of bocce or croquet.
  • Amoung the Adelaide Hills sits the relaxed Bird in Hand. Spoil someone special with a five course lunch paired with wine at the restaurant The Gallery.
  • Barossa Valley is renowned internationally for their wine. Enjoy a glass or two at Hentley Farm. Awarded Winery of the Year for 2015 their converted barn-turned-restaurant give the choice of a tasting plate or full degustation menu with, of course, wine pairing.
  • The Lane Vineyard offers an array of intimate dining experiences and tastings, as well as twilight masterclass.

Stay and play at The Watson from $160 and discover the charms of Adelaide.

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