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#37 of 143 Bar in Adelaide


USD 9 - USD 22
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Reviewed 2 May 2021

From a friendly greeting as we walked in, to flamboyant drink mixing, cool tunes and fun service this is a great place to have a night cap (or two or three!)

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 8 August 2020 via mobile

Wanted to try somewhere new and this place looks cool and funky. Went with my wife on our anniversary, walked up to the bar and asked the female bartender if they had a popular local sparkling Pinot noir. She couldn’t possibly have answered with more...disdain when telling us no and when asked what sparkling wine or champagne they had, she managed to answer through her sneer that they didn’t do any sparkling, put the wine list on the bar and walked away. So we did the same. Shame as it looks like a nice place but when there’s so many cool bars around Adelaide you don’t need to put up with terrible service.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 24 December 2019

Love the big table for a group to sit around. We went early and had the place to ourselves - cool vibe, chilled music and friendly staff.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 30 October 2019

Definitely worth a visit. The mixologists really put on a show. The quirky laid back give of the venue was spectacular. Will definitely be back

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 15 September 2019 via mobile

Visited with friends whilst down for a conference. Really extensive cocktail list with both steady safe options alongside very elaborate pieces. It’s the kind of place where the making of the cocktail is an event in itself so you don’t mind paying a bit more...for them. My less adventurous friends liked the beer options too. Would recommend the Harry Potter & Sherlock Holmes cocktails!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 21 June 2019 via mobile

Recommended by a local bookshop, great staff, decent food and very chilled. A decent find, well worth a visit

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 2 March 2019

A friend and I popped in here "just to see". What a hidden gem! We'll definitely go back. The bar is dark (and a bit noisy), but it's quaint and unusual. The cocktail list is extensive, and David behind the bar knew his stuff! Pop...in if you are in the city.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Great atmosphere here, with the books and the lighting and the general ambiance. The cocktail list is extensive and inventive; the list of cocktails on the web site doesn’t do it justice, as we found many more in the menu book we were given and...sampled four different ones in all. The literary themed names for the cocktails works well and each one we had was delicious in its own way. We had the olives and house pickles for snacks; there’s an array of cheese options but I do agree with other reviewers that there should be more vegetarian options. I took three books in and came back with two pleasing finds, and I like the idea of exchanging and donating books. Access to the books can be difficult once people sit at the tables and it can be a bit dim to read the titles but overall...loved it!More

Date of visit: August 2018
Roman T, Owner at The Bibliotheca Bar & Book Exchange, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2018

Thank you very much. We're glad you enjoyed your experience!

Reviewed 1 July 2018

A cosy little bar hidden away amongst the night life of Adelaide City. Great place to relax after a big day out and not too busy. Loved the atmosphere with all the books around.

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Hidden little gem of a cocktail bar in the CBD. Not only did this place have incredible cocktails it had a relaxed style 1950's speakeasy feel about it. With very helpful staff to point you in the right direction of what drink to pick, you...definitely can't got wrong here. I had the Singapore Sling and it reminded me of sitting at the Raffles in Singapore sipping on the classic original.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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The Bibliotheca Bar & Book Exchange is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5