GlamAdelaide: The Light Room is a new immersive bar experience overlooking Light Square


Adelaide is full of chic bars, but there’s nothing like The Light Room. Above one of Adelaide’s finest restaurants, Aurora and the innovative Light ADL, The Light Room encompasses all the elements in which our fair city excels; creativity, the arts and hospitality.

This new West End bar is pegged to be the art and soul of Adelaide and is far more than just a drinks
and snacks offering. It’s point of difference is an immersive gallery and studio space; it’s an
experience like no other in South Australia.

Light ADL, in the heart of Light Square in Adelaide’s CBD, is a social enterprise that creates opportunities for artists through the support of its hospitality, events, and immersive technologies.

Light ADL Co-Founder, Nick Dunstone says: “Come for a drink and stay for an experience – The Light Room bar extends through to a modern gallery extension with the latest technologies in the wider digital art world and leads into the studio, a state-of-the-art LED environment for immersive events featuring a program of local and international artists and performances.

“We are excited to unveil the first stage of our renovations upstairs at Light ADL. This next iteration of Light ADL invites visitors to immerse themselves in a ground-breaking and premium bar experience.

“Utilising the existing upstairs level, The Light Room is a space to unwind and relax overlooking Light Square. The hospitality offering is exceptional and designed to champion the very best of local hospitality.”

The Light Room is situated on level one of Light ADL and was once home to a tobacco factory. Since renovated the building now boasts award-winning restaurant, Aurora, live music performance and private function space, The Lab and outdoor bar, Beags, and all these areas have been brought to life by Adelaide interior designer, Georgie Shepherd.

Elegantly and neutral, the bespoke design is a fun play on French glamour, drawing inspiration from stage and screen to celebrate art and design.

Like its interior, the wine and cocktail list is curated to align with their ethos of sustainability and supportive work practices and features local and imported labels.

The Light Room’s signature cocktail works with local producer Seven Seasons Spirits’ Bush Apple Gin to create a unique variation on the classic Gin Sour, blush in colour. Other local suppliers found on the list include Lost Phoenix Spirits and Mischief brewing.

Light ADL CEO, Nic Mercer says: “Our dedicated team of mixologists have curated a vibrant and premium cocktail offering for The Light Room.”

“We have an extensive list of favourites and encourage guests to customise their drinks to their liking, enhancing to the premium experience.”

The wine list boasts an outstanding line up of local producers including Mordrelle, Murdoch Hill and Vella – their wines the backbone of the Light Room wine offering.

Aurora Head Chef, Sam Cooper, has developed an inspired bar menu to champion local South Australian suppliers including Little Acre Farms and Gazander Oysters.

Like the cocktail list, the menu is slightly unorthodox – with the likes of caviar available upon request and served on an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) to accentuates its oceanic aromas and flavours.

Other menu highlights include bespoke and ‘build your own’ cheese and charcuterie platters, with a generous selection of local and international smallgoods to choose from.

The evolving artist program is exclusive to The Light Room, as well as a line-up of local musical talent and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Light Room Gallery is currently hosting works by photographer Chris Herzfeld, with his “Stillness of Motion” exhibition conveying his love for dance. Inspired following his work with the great New York dance photographer Lois Greenfield. Like the dance images Chris takes, his landscape and urban scape images aim to have a narrative and to show the viewer an interpretation of the scene that may be at odds with the viewers’ expectations.

Many of Chris’s dance images are a fusion of fashion and dance and incorporate Chris’s love of landscape and urban scape, with the land or urban scape being a character in the image together with the dancer.

Chris Herzfeld's Stillness of Motion at The Light Room Gallery | Photo by Daniel Marks

The Gallery leads through to The Light Room Studio, where 150sqm of LED screens will immerse you in its current exhibition, LIMINAL. Visualised through large-scale LED screens, LIMINAL is an aesthetic and thematic exploration of the space that exists between everything, as perceived by local artists Daniel Wells-Smith, Oliver White, Stephanie Luchnikova and Allen Macintosh.

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