Inside Adelaide’s laneways: Gresham Street


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By Sonia Bavistock

We recently kicked off a series here on Brand SA News to explore the hidden gems of our city – the laneways of Adelaide.

They are the veins of the CBD, pulsating with life and energy, and the place that many businesses – including bars, cafes and restaurants – call home.

Exploring these hidden locations has become a favourite pastime of locals and visitors alike, so we thought it timely to start casting a spotlight on each of them.

First we explored and brought you the best of our west end friend, Bank Street.

Next up: Gresham Street.

Gresham Street may not be the most famous of Adelaide’s laneways, but it’s the go-to location for locals in the know.

Connecting North Terrace to Hindley Street, it’s home to a few key hot spots to eat, drink and play, as well as some striking artwork by one of Adelaide’s best-known street artists.

Let’s take a stroll down Gresham Street and discover what it has to offer…

La Buvette is a slice of Paris in Adelaide.

La Buvette Drinkery

This chic wine and aperitif bar is a little bit of Paris in the heart of Adelaide.

Understated yet sophisticated, it lives up to its name (‘La Buvette’ loosely translates to a bar you frequent for wine and snacks with friends).

The wine list has both local and French natural varieties and the menu features authentic specialty French bites.

Bibliotheca is a bar for book worms.

The Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange

Books and booze – could there be a better combination?!

The Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange is a small European-style bar focusing on spirits from around the globe, classic cocktails and books.

Lots of books. Find a cosy spot and curl up with a cheese board or charcuterie and enjoy a chapter or two.

This laneway watering hole is all about moonshines, blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

Mississippi Moon

Created as a homage to the old-world dive bars of south-west America, Mississippi Moon offers a variety of premium spirits, beers and wines.

Its strong southern Americana feel carries all the way through from the décor to the specialty cocktail list – moonshines, whiskeys and sours – and the blues, jazz and old rock ‘n’ roll music played.

A childhood pastime can be revisited at Empire Pool Lounge.

Empire Pool Lounge

Having recently moved from its previous location of 17 years in the west end, Empire Pool Lounge now calls number 2 Gresham Street home.

Combining both social and competitive play with great music in a relaxed atmosphere, Empire Pool Lounge is something of an Adelaide institution.

With areas for hire, Empire is perfect for after work drinks, parties or simply meeting up with friends.

Vans the Omega brings colour to the streets.

Street art by Vans the Omega

Internationally renowned street artist and Adelaide local, Vans the Omega, was commissioned by Splash Adelaide – an initiative from the Adelaide City Council – to make lesser known pockets of the city more vibrant.

And so, Gresham Street was chosen as the location for this portrait of Adelaide fashion and lifestyle blogger, Sonia Bavistock (AKA Sonia Styling) … yes, me!

Quite the privilege to have been painted by one of our state’s most talented artists and immortalised on the side of a building along Gresham Street.

Header image courtesy of SATC, featuring La Buvette and Bibliotheca.

Sonia Bavistock is a fashion and lifestyle blogger and also has her own social media management and copywriting business. Sonia is passionate about all things South Australia and can often be seen dining out with a glass of wine in hand.

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