The Holdy Baileys Bar Launch

The Holdy has partnered up with one of my favourite liqueurs Baileys to present to you the perfect winter warmer – The Baileys Bar.

The nautical themed bar and restaurant has undergone several revamps over the last couple of years and with their relaxed yet elegant interior, not to mention the gorgeous ambience of the space, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Midnight Mint

The Baileys Bar is perfectly located in the beer garden, where heaters, blankets, and cushions decorate the space and make it super inviting to enjoy a drink (or few) with friends – no matter what day of the week. I’d personally pick a particularly rainy and dreary night, because the drinks will not only warm you up, but you can also enjoy and bask in the social atmosphere to the fullest!

Fire twirling by Scaffie Olding from Dragon Mill

The menu at the Baileys Bar is the kind to tap into your curiosity. With options such as Midnight Mint, White Russian, Baileys Chocolate Luxe, Baileys Hot Chocolate, Baileys Espresso Martini, and Baileys Honey Bee, there’s something for the sweet tooth, the strong and daring, and everyone in between. Couple it with anything from their food menu and make it a truly hearty meal to enjoy on a night when you simply ~cbf~ cooking!


The Baileys Bar at The Holdy will be pouring their creamy drinks throughout the month of August, so make sure you get in quick and get a sampler of the variety of options that they have on offer.

Special thanks to Rule and Co. for the invite to the launch event and to Tempting Palates for the opportunity to attend the event on their behalf.


83 Brighton Rd, Glenelg SA 5045

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Electra House Presents – Adelaide’s Healthier Cocktail

If you’re looking for a cocktail that not only delivers in taste, but helps keep your fitness in track, then the Ginbucha might be the perfect drink for you!

A delightful collaboration between Electra House Hotel and South Australian functional beverage company UtonicGinbucha is a Kombucha-infused Gin drink that is now available to the public. What makes this drink super attractive and appetizing is the fact that it has zero sugar content from their range of 5 Kombucha drinks, which are beautifully complemented with 5 gins from Electra House’s extensive menu.

The five drinks in the Ginbucha range

“We’re so excited to be able to bring our healthier cocktail to Adelaide! Teaming with UTONIC and using their Kombucha allows us to make low-sugar gin cocktails, which have all the added health benefits of Kombucha. Our Ginbucha range will consist of five pairings and with one of them being made with a nonalcoholic gin, to ensure everyone in Adelaide can enjoy these delicious cocktail creations” – Chad Hanson (General Manager, Electra House Hotel)


Hoping to go for the title of “Adelaide’s Healthier Cocktail”, Ginbucha will revolutionize the way the health-conscious will be able to enjoy their cheat day. By incorporating delicious tastes with a refreshing twist, the five flavours of Ginbucha will include Pomegranate, Lemon & Lime, Mango, Ginger & Turmeric, and Mixed Berry. While 1 of these 5 drinks is made as a mocktail, the remainder of the drinks have claimed to be hangover-free and after personally having tried about 4 of these drinks in one go, with little-to-no food intake prior to the event, I can safely conclude by saying that the feeling was pretty peachy the next day!


“We are proud to be working with Electra House to showcase our Kombucha range of five flavours containing zero sugar, which we think makes the perfect partner for their newest cocktail The Ginbucha.” – Toby Yap (Co-Founder of UTONIC)

Packed with all the good stuff, such as enzymes, antioxidants, and probiotics, Ginbucha may not replace the classic green smoothies, but it will certainly add to the growing pool of healthier alternatives that our society is constantly working to achieve a balanced diet.


“We have worked hard to create a delicious range of sparkling kombucha that moves away from the vinegar styles of the past to appeal to a much larger market.” – Michael Brinkley (UTONIC CEO)

BONUS: If you walk into the Electra House Hotel at 4pm on August 4, you might have the chance to enjoy one of 50 Ginbuchas on the House – so get keen and start off your weekend on a healthy yet indulgent note!

Special thanks to BPPR for the invite to the event.

131 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000

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Celebrate World Beer Day in True Lady Burra Style

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Photography by Matt Kroker

Adelaide’s only inner-city microbrewery, Lady Burra Brewhouse, is celebrating World Beer Day this Friday (August 3), with a limited edition, small batch beer created by their brand new Head Brewer, Eliot Kirby.

Eliot has created a Raspberry and Honey Blonde Ale in aid of World Beer Day, the international day to celebrate beers and brewers.

“People can expect an early taste of summer when they try this ale,” says Eliot.

“The raspberry creates a slightly tart flavour, whilst the honey brings a hint of banana to the brew. The taste is not unlike that of sour peach heart lollies – light, crisp and refreshing – one that even non-beer drinkers will appreciate.”

Interior (1)

A keen home brewer since he was 18, and now qualified with an Honors Degree in Chemical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and a General Certificate in Brewing from the International Brewers and Distillers Association, Eliot joined the Lady Burra Brewhouse team as an apprentice in November 2017.

Eliot has recently achieved the role of Head Brewer, showing a strong vision for the Lady Burra brand, with a focus on supporting local suppliers.

“I want to see our seasonal beer range, like the Golden Ale and Stout, incorporate seasonal fruits from our local suppliers into the brewing process. As for our core range of beers – the Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA and Red Ale – I will be continuing to brew these high quality, delicious beers that our customers love, whilst making sure to constantly evolve and improve the Lady Burra label”. – Eliot.

Beer Taps

The Lady Burra brand is going from strength to strength; in June this year, the owners of Lady Burra Brewhouse, Kidd Retail Group, were the successful proponent to redevelop the Boiler House at the Tonsley Innovation District into a brewery, under the Lady Burra label. The new 800 square meter Boiler House will be transformed into a fully functional brewery, supplementing beer production at the CBD based Lady Burra Brewhouse to supply keg beer to other outlets, as well as the potential to produce a range of bottled or canned beers.

To further celebrate World Beer Day, anyone who purchases a pint of Eliot’s Raspberry and Honey Blonde Ale on Friday, August 3rd will go into the draw to win an exclusive ceramic Lady Burra Growler filled with the speciality beer, handcrafted by local pottery designer Guy Ringwood.

Raspberry & Honey Blonde Ale on tap

4 Topham Mall, Adelaide SA 5000

July 31 – August 4



Nineteen Ten Mr Minskys Burlesque & Jazz Club

Calling lovers of all things burlesque, blues, and booze!

There’s a new Speakeasy bar that has just opened their doors on Hindley Street and boy oh boy does it boast of some serious Vaudevillian flair!

Nineteen Ten Mr. Minsky’s Burlesque & Jazz Club is Adelaide’s newest rooftop bar that is nothing short of glitz and glamour! Situated in the former Crazy Horse space, this eclectic bar and club offers guests with an experience that will tingle all your senses in an intimate yet social ambiance.


Eccentric fittings such as chained curtains, magenta cushions and sofa seatings, a live jazz band, an impressive illuminated swimming pool (the first of its kind in a licensed venue in Adelaide!), feature waterfalls that make their way into the swimming pool as well as a prohibition era style bathtub affixed by the stage further enrich the experience of dancing and partying with the crew at Nineteen Ten.


All the little touches, such as a ride up the glass elevator, to making your way through a secret entrance, to being greeted by stunning beauties in the form of cabaret and burlesque performers that are found in every nook and cranny of this small but wonderful space that might as well be a party playground for adults works brilliantly for curious guests! This is not your average club, because it brings together a sense of curiosity, nostalgia, and entertainment.

Revolutionizing the party scene along the West End, Nineteen Ten provides an open-air bar with a nice view of the Adelaide skyline and nightlife. Equipped with the elements to make the most of winter and summer, guests can expect a level of surprise as they enter a whimsical space; with secret doorways and ostrich feathers (to name a few).


For those looking for a big night out, their bespoke bar area is well stocked with classic favourites as well as South Australian drops that will help form some thirst-quenching cocktails for their 50 guests. With an impeccable cocktail menu, there are options of drinks, such as the Roxanne or Charlie Chaplin.


Guests can enjoy the foot-tapping tunes by jazz band Blind Tiger on Thursday nights, and there will be special and fiery performances by some of the most gorgeous burlesque dancers (such as Chelsea Whitbread, Penelope Shum, and Desert Rose) on Friday and Saturday nights.


It’s safe to say that the Minsky Brothers would probably find this space amusing and delightful, given how much effort was put to pay homage to them and their movement of bringing burlesque into the spotlight!

Special thanks to the team at Nineteen Ten Mr. Minsky’s Burlesque & Jazz Club for their hospitality and to Cassie Young from Be Young PR for the invite to the launch event.

143 Hindley Street, Adelaide SA 5000

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The Lakes Hotel, West Lakes

Interview conducted by Fatema Sitabkhan (with thanks to Mercy Me Marketing)
Interviewees: Trent & Melissa Fahey
Photos by Fatema Sitabkhan

West Lakes may have been a part of Adelaide that I hadn’t visited in my 8 years of living in Adelaide, but when I was drawn to this beautiful suburb the other week to check out The Lakes Hotel (formerly known as the Lakes Resort Hotel), it’s safe to say that I may have just fallen in love with the waterfront! With a stunning view of the waterfront, along with a fresh and modern twist to their space, the The Lakes Hotel has outdone themselves with fittings that accentuate the nautical theme of the Hotel and balancing its outlook with a theme of minimalism and simplicity.

Along with offering options of accommodation, events, and functions, the Hotel also boasts of 4 areas for wining & dining – 2 of which are restaurants (Knots Kitchen + Crusoes), 1 bar space (The Lakes Hotel Bar), and 1 cafe space (Mr. Neptunes Café).

With so many areas to explore and being surrounded by the gorgeous views of the Lakefront, I was curious to learn how this new look of The Lakes Hotel became a reality. So, I was fortunate enough to score an e-interview with co-owners Trent & Melissa Fahey – read our exchange below:

Tema: Can you please tell me a bit about yourself, Melissa & Trent?
Trent: The Lakes Hotel is a family-owned and operated business. My mother and father (Judy and Greg Fahey) have owned the Hotel for over 20 years now. My brother (Jason) is the financial controller and I’m the operations manager. I’m now a 4th Generation Publican. Mel is involved in the Creative & Construction side of our businesses.

Tema; I am quite new to this location (West Lakes) and have only recently learned about Lakes Hotel as a business – in a nutshell, what should a first time customer know about it?
Trent: There is so much more to the Lakes Hotel than you would expect from a hotel. Generally, people comment on the size of the hotel – it isn’t your average suburban pub and are secondly amazed by the view.


Tema: What made you decide to revamp / renovate the space? Can you give me some examples of how the space looks different (compared to its previous appearance)?
Trent: It is an exciting time for the West! With the development of Henley Square, WEST and redeveloped Westfield, the timing was right for us. We completely opened up the main food and beverage area to embrace the amazing lake views and natural light. We created different outlets within this area for different styling, feels and occasions.
Knots Kitchen (formerly the hotel bistro) has a transformed entrance. We now have a lounge area, where customers can enjoy lake views and a double-sided fireplace.
All new booth seating in the sports bar area with a bespoke wall mural.
A 5m Full HD Screen complimented by state of the art sound ceiling system creates directional noise control to avoid noise travel from one side of the bar to the other during sports games.


Tema: What are the key components of your space and what makes each space truly distinct and unique?
Trent: All new Mr Neptunes Café embraces coffee culture with aromatic beans, fresh squeeze juices and delicious patisseries in a setting of fireplace, and rattan lounge chairs overlooking the lake.
Knots Kitchen is a complete rebrand and is equipped with a new menu. Double tiered seating arrangement allows customers to take full advantage of lake views, and an extensive, diverse menu that features flaming woks on display. This ensures that there is something tasty for everyone.
Lakes Hotel Bar consists of two sides. Lakeside with waterfront booths and oak high tables are perfect spots to unwind over our local Gins, which are complemented with fruits and botanicals. The other side features an impressive 5m Full HD Screen, sound ceiling noise control and array of different seating options.


Tema: Who the head chef? Can you tell me a bit about their background?
Trent: Head Chef Nigel Rich worked in Hong Kong, before returning the D’Arry’s Verandah and Elbow Room McLaren Vale. He has an amazing arsenal of cooking skills, with a special focus on house-made quality local ingredients. He is backed up by Sous Chef Keigo Teranishi and together, they have created a diverse menu that brings together the art of Australian cooking, along with influences from Hong Kong and Japan. The result is spectacular.


Tema: What dish(es) would you say rank among the most popular here at Lakes Hotel?
Trent: Nourish Bowl has been really popular over summer for vegan and healthy conscious. Other favourites include the crab sandwiches, rump steak with olive tapenade, and house-made Gnocchi.

Nourish bowl
Crab sandwiches

Tema: What dish(es) would you say rank among the most recommended here at Lakes Hotel?
Trent: For variety, order a tasting platter with a bottle of wine, while sitting on the sun deck and looking over the water.

Tema: What do you think was one of the biggest challenges of (re)-setting up your business?
Trent: The biggest challenge is constantly evolving. South Australians are spoilt for choice with local produce, wines, craft beers and gins. This high standard of quality forces everyone in the industry to be at the top of their game to meet their customers’ expectations.

Tema: What do you hope for your customers to experience from visiting (and supporting) Lakes Hotel?
Trent: Being a family-run hotel, I really want everyone to be greeted with a smile and feel like a regular. During their time at The Lakes, we really want our customers to forget the outside world and feel like they are on a relaxing getaway.

Tema: Let’s dive into the many other services you offer – accommodation, functions, and events – can you briefly explain how it all works?
Trent: We have 72 Suites; each with balcony and lake views. There are also facilities, such as an indoor pool and spa, that guests are welcome to enjoy during their stay here. We offer 7 diverse function spaces that can be tailored to specific customer needs – from food and beverage booth packages in the bar, private rooms for birthday or celebrations, conference rooms, right through to complete wedding weekend experiences with ceremony + receptions + honeymoon suites.

Tema: What would you classify as being a ‘wholesome’ experience from visiting Lakes Hotel?
Trent: It really depends what you’re looking for. We are lucky to have a variety of spaces and offerings. It can range from anything, such as staying in a studio spa suite, indulging in amazing food and local Gins, wines and beers, or a coffee with a view while catching up with a close one.


Tema: What are some notable SA brands that your customers can experience at the restaurant and at the bar?
Trent: There are so many to list! Mismatch Brewing, all the local Gins (Lyre Bird, Ounce, Never Never and 78 degree), and wines from Barossa, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Clare and Kangaroo Island. We really have a little something from all regions of SA, which is always great to see so many South Australians giving it a go and being at the top of their game.


Tema: What is it about being a South Australian / local brand that makes it all the more special?
Trent: Growing up, we were always compared to eastern states or the rest of the world. There is no doubt that SA has a small population and there are two degrees of separation between people, which really makes it more special when you see real people give it a go and see them succeed in producing world standard products. It is so good to be a part of a real revolution in SA and see all South Australians become so proud of the amazing products our state is producing! 

141 Brebner Drive,
West Lakes SA 5021

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Lady Burra Brewhouse

Words by Fatema Sitabkhan
Photos by Fatema Sitabkhan + Tempting Palates

Topham Mall has undergone some massive changes over the last 2 years. While it may be small, it’s a bustling hub of local businesses that have come together to create a truly social and inviting atmosphere in the heart of the CBD.

One such business goes by the name of Lady Burra Brewhouse (LBB). Specializing in Portuguese cuisine with a modern spin on it and taking pride in being the only microbrewery in the Adelaide CBD, patrons of LBB can expect to enjoy a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere within the rustic décor. With the recent addition of the outdoor deck, the ability to socialize and make the most of our beautiful Australian sunshine just expanded by fourfold.

Just in time for Adelaide’s busiest time of the year coming up (Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide 500 – Mad March in a nutshell), LBB will become a magnet for people from all walks of life to come in and experience some truly awesome local hospitality, that is coupled with a fantastic selection of South Australian beers, wines, and spirits.


Fire twirling bringing the heat at the launch of Lady Burra Brewhouse’s new deck

Long gone are the days when this part of Adelaide died down with the rest of the city after 5pm. With the launch of their brand new deck, LBB hopes to keep the charm of the CBD by night alive with their enticing menu and drinks on offer.

With the status of being the only microbrewery in the CBD, LBB has a generous selection of Pilsner, Classic Pale Ale, Indian Pale Ale, and Irish Red Ale. Each packed with tasty goodness from its mix of fruity and citrusy ingredients, the drinks are refreshing and the perfect accompaniment with their choices of dishes on the menu. Stuck on which beer will complement your meal? Simply ask one of the friendly staff members and they will help you make the right choice.

In terms of the food, LBB has undoubtedly always had my attention, given their attractive cuisine of choice – Portuguese. Starting off the night with appetizers, such as a Gin-cured Atlantic salmon with citrus and fresh chives on a crisp crostini, Portuguese tarts with apple, bacon and goats cheese stuffing, the event was in full swing and the delicacies brought to us were nothing short of entertaining and a delight to the tastebuds.

Portuguese tarts with apple, bacon and goats cheese stuffing

The star of the evening was the beautiful Paella that was cooked fresh by owner Miguel Sa‘s chef mother Rosa Dantas. Bursting with seafood goodness, the paella was packed with meats such as prawns, mussels, chicken, and chorizo, and topped with fresh lemon juice and peas. This was a dish that was oh-so-fresh and definitely hit the spot, in terms of satisfying the appetite! You, too, can enjoy this delectable meal on Fridays and Saturdays, when it is cooked to order to tingle your tastebuds with its fresh and tangy flavours.

A Paella lover’s idea of heaven! (Photo courtesy: Tempting Palates)

It’s one of those bars / restaurants that you can either visit for some after-work drinks, or can decide on having a big night with friends and/or family. The space is available for function hire as well – and given the versatility of the space, there’s a bit of something for everyone to enjoy!

Decorated in upcycled shipping crates, a beautiful mural that is LBB’s signature feature wall, repurposed wood from the Moonta Jetty, and an ambience that makes it an ideal spot for any occasion – be it a date, a party, a function, or even just a casual outing with acquaintances and friends – it won’t come as a surprise to see LBB climb up the ladder in being one of the hottest social spots in the CBD.

With near-future plans in conjunction with Steven Kidd from the Kidd Retail Group that include the addition of Noble Gentleman bringing a wine venue to expand LBB’s range of drinks, a coffee shop by the name of Frequency, and a new rooftop bar Two Suns, LBB will help with revolutionizing and re-activating Topham Mall and it won’t be long before it becomes a hub that adds to our vibrant nightlife in the Adelaide West End!

Special thanks to the team at LBB for their hospitality and to the team at Girl About Town for the invite to this glamorous event!


4 Topham Mall, Adelaide SA 5000

Opening hours
Mon – Wed 11am – 10pm
Thurs 11am – 11pm
Fri 11am – late
Sat 12pm – late

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The Howling Owl, Vaughan Place

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

Opening hours
Mon – Tues: 830am – 9pm
Wed – Thurs: 830am – 11pm
Fri: 830am – 3am
Sat: 12pm – 3pm
Sun: Special functions / events with prior booking

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2nd & 6th, Peel Street

Words and photos by Fatema Sitabkhan

Peel Street (just off Hindley Street) has seen quite a transformation over the last couple of years – going from an abandoned and often avoided street to a vibrant social space that is bustling with bars, cafes, and restaurants – all owned and supported by Adelaidian locals!

One such restaurant and bar that I recently visited is called 2nd & 6th, which has been cleverly named after the 2nd (greed) and 6th (gluttony) of the 7 deadly sins. Staying true to its name, customers are not only allowed to, but in fact encouraged to indulge in these sins, gorging on the delicious food and drink on offer.

Boasting of contemporary European cuisine, customers can visit this beautiful establishment for lunch and/or dinner services. Alternatively, if you’re after some knock-off drinks, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear that the bartenders here love experimenting with their concoctions and you can enjoy a variety of sweet / bold and strong / old-fashioned styles of boozy goodness.

12 Peel Street, Adelaide  SA  5000

Opening hours
Tues: 4:00pm  – 10pm
Wed / Thurs / Sun: 11:30am – 10pm
Fri / Sat:11:30am  – 2am

08 7221 1979

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The Pot, Hyde Park (SA)

Words and photos by Fatema “Tema” Sitabkhan

A couple of weekends ago, I had the fine opportunity of visiting The Pot in Hyde Park with a fellow foodie. Now, I’ll admit – I hadn’t really heard of the place prior to this day, primarily because I haven’t ventured out to Hyde Park enough. Luckily though, I’ve found reasons to change that!

Taking pride and branding themselves as a “neighbourhood restaurant”, The Pot aims to be the locals’ go-to, where customers can enjoy a beautiful blend of Asian and Australian cuisines that works in so many wonderful ways, through so many wonderful dishes.

Upon walking in, my initial reaction was “Well, this is fancy!” – but don’t let that intimidate you, because you’ll be treated to seriously scrumptious food that is prepared fresh by Head Chef Emma McCaskill and served to your table by friendly and hospitable staff. Even though I had never visited The Pot prior to this, I felt like I was in the comfort of my own home. I felt welcome and well taken care of.

The only downside that I see is that the price range for most of the dishes and drinks at The Pot is a bit too expensive, while living on a student budget. However, it is nice to have had a taste of The Pot and save going there for special occasions!

For those looking to experience the many tastes that The Pot has on offer, there is a monthly event – Last Friday of the Month Lunch – which is a 4-course degustation that is matched with wines at $95 per person, so grab a couple of friends and celebrate the end of the week and month with a feast at The Pot!

160 King William Road, Hyde Park, SA

Opening hours
Tuesday – Friday : 12pm till late
Saturday & Sunday : 9am till late
Monday : Closed

08 8373 2044

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2KW – Winter Menu

Rooftop bars may be scarce in Adelaide, but they’re certainly something that the city enjoys the luxury of.

2KW Bar & Restaurant, which is located on the corner of King William Street and North Terrace, provides its customers with a picturesque panoramic view of our beautiful city. With the winter season here, Adelaide’s night scene tends to quieten down during this time of the year, but fret not, Adelaidians, because 2KW has launched their menu that will lure you into the brisk cold, only to be warmed up through their hospitality and their exquisite selection of food and drink.

Here is a succinct lookbook of what’s on offer for the next couple of months.

Special thanks to Sassafras PR for inviting Everything Adelaide, who I represented at the launch!

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