Words and photos by Fatema Sitabkhan
Formerly residing by the area decorated by the likes of Rhino Room and Urban Cow Studio, The Howling Owl has found a new home by the Nova East End Cinemas, relocating opposite to the Elephant Pub. And the new space is looking bigger and better than its predecessor.
Originally running as a business since 2012, The Howling Owl is what some might refer to as the holy Gin-filled grail, where customers can find over 120 kinds of local, national, and international brands of Gin – 25% of which are South Australian.
The new space extends over 2 levels and brings together elements of a cafe, a bar, and an art gallery. The space is illuminated by lots of natural lighting and the decor presents with a rustic yet modern outlook.
Taking pride in supporting locally sourced produce, The Howling Owl offers a mouth watering platter of delicious, South Australian cheese; including those from the Limestone Coast + Adelaide Hills and dips from the Fleurieu Peninsula + Barossa Valley.
Of course, those with an inkling for other kinds of alcohol can enjoy from a colorful selection of whisky, beer, and wine. The café vibe emanates with top quality coffee provided by D’Angelo.
During my most recent visit with a friend, we simply could not look past the Gin Bible and decided to try Gin Board 2, which came with 150ml tasters from:
- No. 3 (London)
- 36 Short (Adelaide)
- Applewood (Adelaide Hills)
- Tanqueray 10 (London)
Starting with the No. 3 being mild and subtle and working your way through to Tanqueray 10, which presented with a bitey and intense taste, the accompaniments in the form of garnishes created a party for the tastebuds! Best shared with friends, but no harm in enjoying the Board alone either!
The new space boasts of a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere. Coupled with incredibly hospitable staff, a decent selection of spirits, beer, wine, and coffee, and a hard-to-look-past array of desserts on offer, The Howling Owl is your ideal location to have a catch up with friends next time you’re out in town and looking to add to your cinema experience!
10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide SA 5000
Mon – Tues: 830am – 9pm
Wed – Thurs: 830am – 11pm
Fri: 830am – 3am
Sat: 12pm – 3pm
Sun: Special functions / events with prior booking