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Girls weekend to Adelaide - dancing?

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Girls weekend to Adelaide - dancing?

Hi, we are 12 forty/fifty something girls from Sydney coming to Adelaide in November. I've got to find the Saturday dinner and dancing venues, which is always difficult when we have children the same age as those in most of the clubs these days!

Can anyone suggest somewhere where we wouldn't feel completely out of place? We are staying in the CBD but happy to get a cab somewhere. Doesn't need to be a club necessarily - a pub with live music and dancing would be fine too.

I was thinking of booking Peel Street for dinner as that seems to be well reviewed on here but if the dancing was elsewhere then we could eat there too.

Any help much appreciated! Thank you.

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1. Re: Girls weekend to Adelaide - dancing?

One place you could try would be the Arkaba Hotel on Glen Osmond Road; another would be the Norwood Hotel on the Parade- I'm sure there will be other suggestions as well!


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2. Re: Girls weekend to Adelaide - dancing?

Gouger Street would offer the most variety for restaurants...Goucho's Argentinian is a good choice for those who enjoy meat, while many Chinese and Japanese restaurants are found in the area. Also for something different, Korean babeque is on offer, whereby your meats are selected in very slim slivers, and you cook them yourself on a central cooktop upon your table.

Casablabla is great for something different, being a Moroccan type tapas fusion, with unique decoration, music and dancing, sometimes with a flamenco performance, international bands, or recorded music.

Unfortunately as you've suggested, many of the danceclubs target a much younger crowd, and I just cant bear too much of that doof doof.

The Woolshed is geared towards the countryfolk.

The Arkaba was a good suggestion for a meal, piano bar and dance venue in the one place, although just a little out of the central strip.

Failing that a walk down Rundle Street (east end) and Hindley Street (west end) will offer a variety of clubs and dancing all in a confined area...maybe consider something of a crawl, where you can go from place to place along the same street, until you find something comfortable and suitable.

Edited: 09 June 2014, 02:43
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3. Re: Girls weekend to Adelaide - dancing?

Hi lg13865! I'm in your age bracket with 'children' in their early 20's so I know what you mean! As there are 12 of you, wherever you decide to go you may want to see if you can get on the 'door-list' to get priority entry. You may also want to consider hiring a minibus with driver, (if going out of the CBD or doing a 'crawl') could work out cheaper than taking 3 cabs & more convenient. Below is a mix of suggestions of clubs/bars/pubs to check out. Hindley Street is the 'nightclub' strip, some call it 'seedy' others 'cosmopolitan' everyone makes up their own mind, it's sometimes loud and brash but you'll see everything from strip clubs, wine bars, sheesha lounges, & traditional pubs. Apart from a number of clubs for those in their 20's you may want to check out The Apothecary. Also in Hindley St is Jive (almost opposite the Rockford Hotel). They do 'live' music 'early' in the night followed by a DJ. I haven't been to the Casino for ages, but it has recently refurbished and according to the website live music in one of the bars followed by a DJ in one of the others till 2amish. In Rundle Street East there are two European style cocktail bars, Fumo Blu and Distil. Friends tell me they are particularly popular with women. Also in the CBD check out The Collins and Jack Ruby. Just out of the city is The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, it is a live music venue, there gig guide is light-on at the moment for Nov, so perhaps check closer to the date to see what's on. Along Anzac Highway is 'The Highway' Hotel and at the end of Anzac Hwy is Glenelg where there are The Stamford Grand, The Dublin and The Pier. (The Pier I'm not so familiar with). I've been to the Grand and the Dublin, both are popular with mainly the 'younger' ones but a good loud vibe in both, I didn't feel too out of place! Check out The Adelaide Review online for local info food reviews etc and 'rip it up' a local online street mag. Have a great time!

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4. Re: Girls weekend to Adelaide - dancing?

Hi Just thought of another one that I have been to (not on a Saturday night thou) and that is the Tapas On Hindley Street...Really good if you're looking for something more 'Latin'

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5. Re: Girls weekend to Adelaide - dancing?


Did you mean dancing or doing the washing up?



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6. Re: Girls weekend to Adelaide - dancing?

The german club in the city does dinner dances but not every week. Also the workmans club in semaphore....but that's a long way out.

most of the venues mentioned are very loud nightclubs where you may feel out of place and you wont be able to hear yourselves talk.

there are some dancing groups on meetup.com adelaide...if you look on their pages closer to the date you may see some venues. Also look on adelaide events websites.

I am involved with a social group for over 50s and finding somewhere for some good old fashioned dancing where you can still sit and talk is hard to find.

please put on here where you go so others may check it out also.

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