15 Best Things To Do At Night In Adelaide, Australia - Updated 2024

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Adelaide, located 727 km (452 mi) from Melbourne, is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Some of the notable attractions include Adelaide Botanic Garden, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Eureka Skydeck. While there, you’ve got to hop on the free City Circle Tram and pay attention to the audio commentary on details of Adelaide’s city landmarks and major attractions. Skip the shopping malls and head to Queen Victoria Market to soak in the vibrant and multicultural atmosphere. Don’t miss out on the night market on Wednesday nights. For your holiday accommodation in Adelaide, consider our picks for the top Airbnb vacation rentals in the city. All these brings us to the highlight of today’s article. Read on if you want to find out the best things to do at night in Adelaide, Australia.

1. Experience the eerie allure of Adelaide Gaol by night (from USD 28.25)

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Experience the eerie allure of Adelaide Gaol by night. As one of Australia’s most enduring prisons, its walls echo tales of tragic ends and restless spirits. Journey through the haunting lanes of Murderer’s Row, the final resting place of 45 souls, and encounter the lingering presence of Governor Ashton’s ghost.

In this 2-hour evening escapade, expert guides blend chilling narratives with hands-on paranormal explorations. Immerse yourself in the mysteries of a 147-year-old institution and venture where few dare. Note: It’s advised for ages 16 and up; to wear comfy shoes for a moderate walk.

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Adelaide Gaol Adults Ghost Tour & Investigation

Duration: 2.0 hour

54 reviews

2. Romantic coastal cruise with onboard bar (from USD 35.23)

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Over 1.5 hours, glide along the coast as the sun gracefully descends, casting a radiant glow over the ocean. Revel in the serenity, complemented by a drink from the onboard bar. As darkness blankets the city, witness Adelaide’s skyline twinkle in the distance. This enchanting voyage is more than just a cruise; it’s a fusion of nature’s artistry and coastal elegance, promising memories that linger long after the sun has set. Ideal for both locals and visitors, it’s Adelaide’s nighttime gem.

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Adelaide: Glenelg Twilight Catamaran Cruise with Drink

Duration: 1.5 hour

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3. Watch a film at Moonlight Cinema Adelaide

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Celebrating 25 Years of Moonlight with retro classics and a program full of iconic films! Get tickets & view the program here: www.moonlight.com.au

Posted by Moonlight Cinema on Saturday, April 3, 2021

One of the best romantic things to do is to catch a movie at Moonlight Cinema Adelaide. It is situated in the same vicinity as Adelaide Botanic Garden and Adelaide Zoo, so once you’re done with your day’s activities, this outdoor movie theatre is a great place to wind down. Located in Botanic Park, the gates are open at 7pm but screenings start after 8pm. Arrive early if you want to rent bean beds for the ultimate comfort while snacking away. You can bring your own food and booze or purchase some light bites at their candy bar. Don’t forget to layer up or bring a blanket since the nights can be rather chilly.

Moonlight Cinema Adelaide

Address: Botanic Park, Plane Tree Dr, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Website: Moonlight Cinema Adelaide

Opening hours: from 7pm (closed until November 2020)

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4. Check out what's new at Ebenezer Night Markets

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Posted by Ebenezer Night Markets on Thursday, February 27, 2020

For the newest eats and the hippest creations in Adelaide, make sure that you don’t miss out on what Ebenezer Night Markets has to offer. This seasonal market is open on some dates during the summer and features wide-ranging products like artisan crafts, jewelry, home items, and clothing. Of course, a night market experience is never complete without the array of food stalls scattered around. Watch out the best local eats that will take you on the gastronomical adventure of your life!

Ebenezer Night Markets

Address: 31 Ebenezer Pl, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Website: Ebenezer Night Markets

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5. Cruise along the Murray River (from USD 1.0)

Set off from Adelaide on a four-night journey to explore the Murray River by a classic paddle-wheeler boat. From a few Adelaide hotels, guests will be picked up and offered a ride to the ancient Mannum. Take a leisurely morning cruise upriver to Blanchetown, have lunch there, and then moor in the other way for nighttime anchoring. As the sun sets, stop by Burk Salter Boutique Winery for a wine sampling at the cellar door. Enjoy these fun things to do for couples at night in Adelaide.

The following day, take a riverboat trip to the charming Swan Reach. When you get to Sunnydale, everyone goes ashore to see the Woolshed Show, which recreates the history of a typical Australian woolshed, as well as the Native Wildlife Shelter. Afterward, you will arrive at Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve and eventually return to Mannum and Adelaide the next morning.

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4-Night Murray River Cruise on the classic Murray Princess

Duration: 5 days

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6. Party all night at Mary's Poppin

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Posted by Mary's Poppin on Wednesday, May 26, 2021

There’s arguably no better place to be in Adelaide than Mary’s Poppin when you want to party yourself to oblivion. This vibrant gay bar is, of course, for those 18 years old and above only. You’ll be surrounded by party veterans as you witness some of the best live performances in town. On your visit, you can meet the divas and skip the queue by booking your own private booth. These are the best tables at Mary’s Poppin and will get you only the best VIP services and nightlife experience in Adelaide!

Mary's Poppin

Address: 5 Synagogue Pl, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Website: Mary’s Poppin

Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 9pm - 5am (closed on Sun - Wed)

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7. Play mini golf at Holey Moley Golf Club Adelaide

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Looking for a fun family thing to do at night in Adelaide? Holey Moley Golf Club Adelaide is situated right beside Hindmarsh Square, along Pulteney Street. This unique mini golf venue looks amazing with its club-like lights, and it’s open ‘till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. After 5pm, people under 18 are not allowed to enter the golf club and ID checks will be done. Even if you think you look old enough, you’ve still got to bring your ID if you want to enter. They also have a fully licensed bar accompanied by a cool list of cocktails for your alcohol needs. Do book in advance via their website if you want to secure a spot since fun stuff sell out real quick.

Holey Moley Golf Club Adelaide

Address: Level 1/162 – 170 Pulteney St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Website: Holey Moley Golf Club Adelaide

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 11pm, Fri: 12pm to 12am, Sat: 11am - 12pm & Sun: 11am - 11pm

Price: from 16.50 AUD (11 USD) per person

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8. Catch a performance at Bakehouse Theatre

Bakehouse Theatre
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Stephendean60 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Don’t know what to do in Adelaide tonight? You will find Bakehouse Theatre a short 12-minute walk from Holey Moley Golf Club Adelaide. This performing arts theatre can be found in a neighbourhood area along Angas Street. There are two theatres, one that houses up to 87 people and the other, 40 people. Instead of being a couch potato at your accommodation lazing the night away, get out and get into this live theatre. Remember to book your tickets online or you may try your luck to get one on the night itself.

Bakehouse Theatre

Address: 255 Angas St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Website: Bakehouse Theatre

Opening hours: Depends on the showtime

Price: Varies across shows

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9. Dare yourself to take a West Terrace Cemetery Tour

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The Cross of Sacrifice, which stands proudly in the middle of the cemetery, was the first to be erected in an Australian...

Posted by West Terrace Cemetery on Thursday, November 5, 2015

You probably weren’t expecting us to introduce to you this as one of the best things to do at night in Adelaide. That’s why it’s a surprise — surprise! Slightly less than a 10-minute drive from Adelaide Casino, you will get to West Terrace Cemetery, just steps away from Elephant & Castle Hotel (restaurant). Join the 60-minute night tour, and you can expect to see special lighting, sound effects, and experienced actors in period costumes bringing to life stories from the past.

West Terrace Cemetry Tour

Address: 161 West Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Website: West Terrace Cemetry Tour

Night tour hours: Apr - Sep: 8pm - 9pm, Oct - Mar: 9am - 10pm

Price: from 15 AUD (10 USD)

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10. Chill at Hellbound Wine Bar

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Nothing beats chilling late into the night at a wine bar. Besides the iconic The University of Adelaide in the vicinity, there are several museums worth exploring during the day like the South Australian Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia and Ayers House Museum. Shop at the Rundle Mall too before walking over to Hellbound Wine Bar which opens from 4pm. Pair a glass of mystery white wine with their snacks and cheeses to soak in the good vibes.

Hellbound Wine Bar

Address: Basement/201 Rundle St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Website: Hellbound Wine Bar

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 4pm - 12am (closed on Mon & Tue)

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11. Dance the night away at Electric Circus

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for more info on upcoming events go to bit.ly/ECircusEvents Often Imitated, Never Duplicated Established 2003.

Posted by Electric Circus on Wednesday, July 14, 2021

If you’ve never been to a nightclub overseas other than the ones in your home country, here’s an opportunity to visit one while in Adelaide. Party all night long on a Friday night in Adelaide to local and international DJs’ R&B or techno playlists. Just a less than 15-minute walk away from Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Casino, this industrial-chic nightclub is located along Crippen Place. Partying at Electric Circus is one of the most amazing things to do in Adelaide City at night.

Electric Circus

Address: 17 Crippen Pl, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 10pm - 5pm (closed on Mon - Thu & Sun)

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12. Sip on cocktail at the Therapy Cocktail Bar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Now for the alcoholic recipe.... • • //Peat & Petals// • Glendronach 12 • Ardbeg 10 • Italicus • Lemon • Rosemary...

Posted by Therapy - Cocktail Bar on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Take a turn via Hindley St to Peel St, and you will land yourself in Therapy Cocktail Bar, one of the great places to go at night in Adelaide. There are several four- and five-star hotels in the area like Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide and Mayfair Hotel, so if you’re in the vicinity, you can take a stroll to this cocktail bar that opens from 5pm. They have a 100 over cocktail menus for you to choose from, so you’re bound to find one or a couple that suits you.

Therapy Cocktail Bar

Address: 2 Peel St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Website: Therapy Cocktail Bar

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 5pm - late (closed on Mon & Tue)

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13. Smoke shisha at Shisha Lounge Sahara

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

Located in the same neighbourhood as the Electric Circus club and Therapy Cocktail Bar, Shisha Lounge Sahara is steps away from GU Film House Adelaide along Hindley Street. Shisha, also widely known as hookah, nargile, or goza, is essentially tobacco burned on charcoal and filtered through a water pipe. Gather your friends to share a smoke for an hour or more, it’s up to you to choose. The shisha bar also sells food which makes good late-night snacks.

Shisha Lounge Sahara

Address: 4-6/128 Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Website: Shisha Lounge Sahara

Opening hours: 12pm - 3am (daily)

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14. Enjoy live music at Grace Emily Hotel

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Grace Emily Hotel is a live music bar along Waymouth Street, a 4-minute walk away from Light Square/Wauwi city park. To keep updated with what’s playing at the bar and where to get your tickets, you can follow the details on their Facebook page. Hang out at the beer garden and grab a sausage or two as you join in the crowd at Grace Emily Hotel. We believe good music can fill the soul!

Grace Emily Hotel

Address: 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Website: Grace Emily Hotel

Opening hours: 4pm - 2am (daily)

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15. Fine dine at Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant

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At the Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, it’s all about quality. A 4-minute drive from Skye Lookout will get you to this fine dining experience located along Penfold Road. Their menu changes according to the seasons so you can expect the best when you visit. You will be in good hands since the head chef, Scott Huggins, has an international career spanning over 17 years, with experiences working for several of the world’s high-end, Michelin-starred restaurants. Do note that infants and children under the age of 16 are not allowed to enter.

Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant

Address: 78 Penfold Rd, Adelaide SA 5072, Australia

Website: Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: from 12pm (lunch), Wed - Sat: from 6.30pm (dinner) (closed on Mon - Tue & Sun)

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Never run out of things to do at night

Torrens River at night
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Hieu Doan used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Think you have exhausted the holiday plans for the well-known attractions of Adelaide? We hope you’ve changed your mind on that based on our list of best things to do at night in Adelaide. This city has as many things to do whether you’re here for a week or on a day trip. Enjoy a game of mini-golf, a chill-out session at a wine bar, or a quality fine dining experience at a local restaurant - we’re sure you won’t be bored at night with these ideas. No more reason to get holed up in your amazing accommodation. The night’s still young, don’t waste it!

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Celeste, a writer and traveler, embraces the transient nature of life. She believes that life is a fleeting mist that lingers briefly and then dissipates. Celeste also encourages savoring every...Read more

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