If you find yourself at a loose end in the East End of Adelaide’s CBD, Ballaboosta provides a warm, buzzy, and welcoming atmosphere for anyone to come and enjoy cheap, homemade-style Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean food and coffee.

Opened in 2015, Ballaboosta already holds a loyal and regular following (including yours truly!). An attractive, yet off-the-beaten-track kind of venue, a roaring wood oven in the corner churns out delicious, puffy, and thin flat breads and amazing pizzas, while an impeccably trained barista brews your favourite hot or cold drink.


While their pizzas are a bit heavy on the pocket at $17, they’re massive and are made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients that would easily fill two people!

From sitting outside and enjoying the sun, to inside next to the stunning original wood pizza oven, Ballaboosta has served up beautiful and vibrantly coloured food and delicious coffee since opening on Halifax Street in 2015.


Want to go there? They’re at 289 Halifax Street, open ‘til 9:30 every day (except for Sundays when they close at 4).


The Crown and Sceptre Hotel

brightspotThe Crown and Sceptre Hotel is a must for the penny-pinching university student. Located just outside of the city centre on King William Street, The Sceptre boasts one of the most extensive spirit and liquor lists in Adelaide, a wide variety of craft beers on tap, as well as cheap food and snacks with vegetarian options.

For an especially fast, filling, and frugal food choice, look no further than their flame grilled burgers and sandwiches! All priced at $13, they’re as big as your face and delicious!

A much-loved live music venue, The Sceptre holds four separate rooms for entertainment, while a large and comfortable beer garden centres the venue with a stage and room for dancing.


Recognised as a great venue for live music, the hotel has hosted numerous local and international indie bands including the likes of The Cat Empire, and will be hosting “Quaint Attraction” on Friday the 25th of August.

In the mood for a more laid-back evening? The Sceptre offers board and pub games for patrons; including Scrabble, Operation and Jenga, as well as pool and ping-pong tables and multiple dart boards.


If you’re in the area, they’re at 308 King William Street and are open ‘til 11pm Monday to Thursday, and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Happy hour’s from 4 – 6pm!