Adelaide can have a lot to offer once you get to know the city. With 1.3 million people, there’s always something (or someone) to do. Adelaide hookups are happening all over and you can get in on the action by being in the right spot at the right time.
It’s true. With the mix of bars and hookup technology, getting laid in Adelaide can be a snap. That is, of course, assuming you’re not being laid astray by empty bars or shady apps and sites. There are hookup bars from Unley Park to Davoren Park but far more dead ends. The same can be said of Adelaide hookup sites and apps. A few are worth your time; the rest are garbage. Sometimes, it feels like we’re living in Kangarilla, not Adelaide.
It can take weeks or even months of regular attempts to figure out what options work for you. Who’s got time for that? Well, we did, which is why we’ve written this article. We’ve compiled the ultimate list of Adelaide hookup bars, sites and apps. With this list, you won’t have to waste another night striking out in empty bars or swiping to oblivion.
Give our suggestions a try and see how quickly you get results. Then comment below to let us know which were your favourites.
Are you sick of feeling like everyone else but you is getting laid? Keep reading to get the down-low on the Adelaide hookup apps, sites and bars that really work.
The heart of Adelaide is filled with cocktail bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. It’s no wonder most of the city heads downtown for a night out. If only all of the options were as fantastic as Maybe Mae. Don’t let the name fool you – there’s no uncertainty here. This is easily one of the best Adelaide hookup bars and one great cocktail lounge to boot.
Maybe Mae is an institution by this point, and that’s why we keep going back. The cocktails are exquisite – not overly complicated, plenty strong – and the atmosphere is very seductive. More Adelaide hookups have been initiated in those comfy booths than waves have crashed on our shores. That might be an exaggeration but not by much. Maybe Mae has to be in your rotation.
We here at Beyond Ages compile a yearly list of the best hookup apps and sites. At the top of those lists, one name is constant: Adult FriendFinder. The have a huge number of people using them and we’ve found AFF to have very little competition when it comes to real hookups (especially if you aren't under 25, though it's still good if you are).
A huge reason for the site’s success is that it has no problem being a hookup site and nothing more. While their competitors shoot for trying to look like a more general dating app by offering dating services (or claiming to), AFF is proudly all about more casual hookups. It’s a refreshing experience to sign up for a site and know every user is after the same thing. There’s no confusion or miscommunication.
With more than 90 million global users, AFF also has one of the most diverse user bases around. Even if you aren’t a complete stunner, you’ll get matches. The age range is also nice and wide. Some apps are basically only for 20-year-olds. Not AFF. It draws in a massive group of users in their 30s and plenty of people who are older (in addition to a big younger crowd). There’s a reason so many users would happily stick with this site over any other app.
There just isn't an easier way for most guys to actually find hookups that we've found.
Speaking of which, Adult FriendFinder has a solid website as well, not just an app, and its browser experience on phones is phenomenal. We actually prefer it to most hookup apps. Plus their search function, which has tons of categories (distance, kink and cup size, to name a few), is fantastic. There’s a good chance AFF is all you’ll ever need for Adelaide hookups.
These days, with so many new bars opening up, it helps to have a gimmick. Take Fumo Blu on Rundle Street, for instance. It’s part aquarium, part throwback cognac bar, but it’s entirely a great night out. The blue mood lighting gives the entire atmosphere a hint of danger and intrigue. Plus, of course, there are actual fish swimming around.
All the gimmicks and mood lighting in the world don’t mean a thing if the bartenders can’t deliver. That’s not an issue at Fumo Blu, which has been impressing patrons since 2000. Their mixologists produce a fine assortment of cocktails with talent and a dash of flair. Bring a date or one-night stand here if you enjoy good drinks and a slick atmosphere.
While AFF is the best tool for the broadest group of people, sometimes you want something a little more niche. If you’re a guy the most sexually rewarding experience can be an older woman. Specifically a woman in her mid-30s and up. For that reason, Cougar Life has become hugely popular all across Australian cities. It’s simply the highest quality app of its kind.
Cougar Life is populated by women 35 and up seeking the companionship men who appreciate them. They hate the judgment of a society that still thinks it’s strange for an older woman to pursue younger lovers. They also don’t have time to wait in bars all night for these boys to work up the courage. Plus, they want to get laid and they want to get laid tonight. That’s why they use this app to find people who are ready to meet immediately.
In our annual review of cougar apps and sites, Cougar Life regularly bests the competition. With over seven million users, it’s by far the largest app of its kind. It’s also the easiest method for meeting older women — and that’s true even if you aren’t in your 20s. Men of all ages find their experienced sexual partners with this app. It alerts you when someone looks at your profile so you never miss out on an opportunity.
If the thought of an older lover is equally enticing and scary to you, you need a boost of confidence. Take our course on dating women over 30 to improve your moves and build confidence. Then get on Cougar Life to have the mind-blowing sex you’ve always wanted. It’s not just one of the best apps for meeting older women — it’s one of the best hookup apps period.
Every now and again, we decide to skip the alcohol and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in a coffee house. Don’t be too surprised. A good café can offer all the enjoyment of a pub, without the crowds and loud noises. If you don’t mind slowing down your game, they can also be a good bet for Adelaide hookups but might not be one of the most fruitful options if you want to get laid tonight.
Head to the West End coffee house, Peter Rabbit, and you’ll know we’re right. This entirely delightful café with outdoor seating is the perfect environment for a full-on charm offensive. Bring a date or meet someone new and you’ll soon be deep in conversation. If things are going well, suggest sticking around for a bite to eat. No reason to leave a cosy café when things are just starting to get good.
Speaking of cosy cafés, Clever Little Tailor on Peel Street is a cocktail bar with a relaxed charm. They’ve forgone elaborate decorations and attention-grabbing gimmicks for a simple, brick-and-stone lounge with comfortable seats and great drinks. If you’re looking for an understated spot for Adelaide hookups, you’ve found it.
While there are a few nice decorative touches (we love the light fixtures), the focus at CLT is on beverages. Their assortment of cocktails, craft beers and wine is surprisingly eclectic for such an unassuming joint. They also have some tasty small bar plates for sharing. All in all, we can’t think of many better places for a laid-back date or quick meetup.
The fun of quick flings is getting to try something new. Here are a few more options to keep your Adelaide hookups fresh and exciting.
If you don’t mind getting out to Glenelg, some of the best weekend fun is dancing on the beach. Or, at least, by it. The Moseley Bar & Kitchen is a decent (admittedly, somewhat pricey) restaurant throughout the week. They’ve recently opened up their “Moseley Igloos” for dining on the beach, and their brunch is solid. The real appeal, though, are their weekend night festivities.
From Friday to Sunday, there isn’t a more high-energy and attractive crowd in Adelaide. Upstairs at The Moseley, you’ll hear soul and funk on Fridays and R&B and pop on Saturdays. Starting in the afternoon, Sundays are all about house music. Whichever musical genre floats your boat, you’ll want to show off your dance moves with the sexiest women in town.
All the University of Adelaide and South Australia students know one thing for sure. When it comes to flings, Tinder is the best choice. These days, it’s next to impossible to find one person younger than 40 who hasn’t used the app. Its simple user interface and emphasis on attractive profile pictures has made it hugely popular.
For those very same reasons, though, Tinder can be extremely frustrating — especially if you’re in your 30s. It’s a shallow app that rewards youth and beauty over anything else. Users focus on the pictures (why bother with a bio?), which means one thing: good-looking people get all the attention. If you’re older than 28, you’ll basically be a grandpa on Tinder.
The men getting the most matches are in the top 10-15% of looks. We’re sure you have a great personality, but if you don’t have Hemsworth looks, try elsewhere. Women do great on Tinder as long as they’re in the top 50%. In fact, the most beautiful women rarely respond to messages because they’re so deluged with matches. They enjoy the compliments but don’t really want to meet up. Better to just move on if you face that situation.
Tinder’s success has led the creators to want to expand. They are starting to focus more on being an app for relationships. That seems like an odd choice to us. Currently, there are no better Adelaide hookup apps for the handsome and beautiful. If it’s not broke, why fix it?
The beer garden is perhaps the greatest innovation of modern society. There’s beer, groups of friends and plenty of sunlight. What’s not to love? After all, there are few joys in life as pure as having a beer on a sunny day. In fact, hooking up may be its only equal. Which is why our favourite beer gardens make it possible to enjoy both on the same day.
Benjamin on Franklin (located on Franklin Street, naturally), is as good as it gets. Inside, this gastropub serves great food in a classy lounge with old school decorations. Outside, though, the pleasant garden is host to attractive friends and strangers drinking from afternoon until well past sunset. If that doesn’t sound like a perfect day, we probably won’t get on.
The thing about hooking up is that your approach is more important than any other factor. If you’re creepy or aggressive, the most seductive lounge in the world won’t help you out. If, on the other hand, you’re confident and respectful, you can turn even a grocery store greeting into sexy fun. Yes, even at Coles.
Whichever Coles you prefer (we like Port Adelaide), the trick to a successful approach is the same. Have a purpose, don’t be rude and turn on the charm. Remember, you’re interrupting someone on their errands, so you need to make it clear you’re not wasting their time. Once you’ve perfected your technique at the bar, try it out on the beauty in the deli section. You might just be what was missing from her grocery list.
On the ground floor of the Stamford, the Cascades Cocktail Lounge is the quintessential hotel bar. We mean that in a good way. People come and go frequently, so there’s always a rotating crowd. The bartenders make good, basic drinks (no one’s calling themselves a mixologist), which you can enjoy in plush leather chairs. It’s all quite simple and straightforward.
There’s something nostalgic about a classic cocktail lounge with a baby grand piano and an unpretentious décor. Every once in a while, there will be live music playing, and sometimes they have festive events there. Otherwise, though, this is a great, casual bar for getting to know someone. And, hey, if all goes well, you can always get a room.