So it's 11pm in Adelaide, and you want to dance...

Last updated 14 Sept, 2021

Sometimes you just need to have a boogie on a Saturday night to forget about the week past and the week ahead. Here’s our guide for your late-night jaunts.

Please note during COVID-19 restrictions activities (like dancing!) may be impacted.

Mary's Poppin

5 Synagogue Place, Adelaide

If you're aching to hear some Britney, Kylie and Donna Summers then this is the place for you. As Adelaide's go-to gay bar, Mary's Poppin is guarenteed to have a thriving dancefloor 100% of the time and outstanding drag shows throughout the night. The bars have some cheekily named drinks which inspire some very brave moves from guests in the pole dancing area and beneath the biggest disco ball in Australia (or so it's rumored). They also host high-profile drag queens from all over the world plus foster some awesome home grown talent! 

Lion Arts Factory

68 North Terrace, Adelaide

Lion Arts Factory is one of the busiest spots for live music in the CBD. Most Friday and Saturday nights (and the odd Thursday and Sunday) it plays host to a variety of musical acts that bless Adelaide with their musical talents. 

With two stages, there’s always enough room to dance, or stay front and centre near the band. Make sure to check their website and Facebook for upcoming performances – they really do have an act for everyone!

Ancient World

116a Hindley Street, Adelaide (down that suss alleyway and then turn left to find the entrance)

Gritty, grungy, experimental and weirdly wonderful, Ancient World is tucked down a dark alleyway off Hindley Street but you'll find an absolutely thriving and progressive community once you enter the doors. They host stacks of local musicians, drag queens and punk shows which are known for getting notoriously sweaty and wild. Prepare to see some unexpected art, questionable karaoke skills and musicians with names you could never have even dreamed up.

Fat Controller

136 North Terrace, Adelaide

Fat Controller, located in the basement off North Terrace and Bank Street, host countless concerts, DJ sets, club nights, and festival-after parties, Fat Controller is where crowds flock to drink and dance the night away. Their expansive basement is always lit by the face of the red Fat Man - who greets you upon entry - and the resident DJs never disappointed, even when the morning draws near and the sun starts to peek through.


118 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Loverboy is a tucked away hot spot on Hindley Street. Although they don’t have the most obvious exterior (walk towards the car park and turn right – you’ll find people there in droves), they have made quite the impression in Adelaide. 

Their music aims to splice decades together to create something fun and a little bit nostalgic. They serve an impressive list of cocktails from the two bars, but you can’t go past one of their (extremely large) frozen margaritas.

Cry Baby

11 Solomon Street, Adelaide

Cry Baby specialises in providing all things rock and roll to Adelaide club-goers. This polished dive bar is equipped with a jukebox and pool table, along with ample space for all your dancing needs. 

Throwback songs are nicely mixed with new-age rock, meaning there’s potential to sing along and to listen to your favourite up and comers. The bar staff are quick to serve and even quicker with a cocktail shaker - what’s not to love?