Looking to relax and recharge between films?

Why not grab a bite or a drink at one of our top picks for local restaurants and bars.

The Howling Owl

The Howling Owl is Adelaide’s premier gin den and a specialty cocktail bar conveniently located only a few steps from The Palace Nova Eastend cinema. Enjoy the seasonal cocktail menu or discover a new favourite G&T from more than 230 varieties of small batch gin. If gin isn’t your thing, you can relax with a glass of local wine, sample a few SA craft brews, enjoy a wide selection of spirits or ask the team to make a fresh mocktail. The light bites menu features toasties, grazing and cheese boards to share with plenty of local produce. Pizza is available daily from 4pm. Open Mon – Sat ‘til late.

Fino Vino

Fino Vino is the newest addition by Owner and Executive Chef, David Swain, and Owner and Restaurant Manager, Sharon Romeo. Nestled within the heart of the city, the swanky 70-seater wine bar and restaurant holds true to its roots – telling the South Australian regional story through their quality service and locally sourced produce. In regards to the drinks there is a vast range of hand selected sherries and wines, mostly local and a few drops of European.

The restaurant and bar entertains during following hours:

Wednesday-Friday, 12pm-11pm

Tuesday-Saturday, 6pm-11pm

With an all day menu available Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.


Located in the heart of the up-and-coming West Hindley precinct, Stem offers an incredible Mediterranean-inspired menu, one of Adelaide’s largest and most stunning wine cellars stocked full of the best drops from here and far, and a stunning urban warehouse-meets jungle main dining area. Open ’til late, Tuesday through Saturday.

During the festival Stem will be offering a complimentary glass of sparkling with any meal purchase to AFF ticket holders. 


BRKLYN is a New York inspired Gin and Cocktail bar located upstairs on Rundle Street. The venue offers great balcony views of the East End with a rotating list of seasonal cocktails, gins, as well as global and local beer and wine.

BRKLYN is offering 15% off to AFF patrons during the festival – just show your membership or ticket.


Mothervine Wine Bar in Adelaide’s East End is the perfect spot for food and wine enthusiasts. Inspired by the great Mediterranean wine bars, it serves a seasonal cuisine of small to large plates intended to be shared. The wine list aims to stay in touch with locals from the regions that surround Adelaide, to explore a few trends in winemaking and wine drinking, and to showcase the wines that they love. It boasts an impressive selection of local and international wines. With a cozy ambiance and knowledgeable staff, it’s the place to unwind and find exquisite wines.

Cater for your crew

After something a little more private? Our partners Val Morgan are back with their lounge located in the Palace Nova Eastend foyer. It’s the perfect place to host pre-screening drinks or a post-screening function with your crew or business team.

To find out more about the Val Morgan Lounge or make a booking, get in touch with Tara Falleti, Development & Partnerships Coordinator, at [email protected]