New east end cafe The Howling Owl has officially taken flight with the opening of its beer, wine and cocktail service on Friday and Saturday nights.
As well as being a nice little nook to get coffees and gourmet rolls during the daylight hours, at night The Howling Owl will stand as Adelaide’s first speciality gin bar, serving a range of cocktails tailored to their expansive range of local, interstate and international gins. The KIS gin from Kangaroo Island goes down a treat in the ‘Sylvan Berry Gin Fizz’ with local sylvan berry jam, muddled basil leaves and soda whereas a cucumber, cracked black pepper and lime gimlet with botanical-rich Hendricks also goes down a treat.
Make sure to poke your head in one weekend to see the Owl in its new nocturnal habitat. RIP IT UP. Miranda
It's pretty rare to come across a place that is a real-life manifestation of one of those lazy “breath of fresh air” kind of cliches, but I think I've found one. This place is great! The Howling Owl is just days old and I think it's my (and probably your) kind of place. Maybe it's the half rhyming name and the idea of an owl that howls - 'The Whooo, Whoooing Owl' was never gonna work. Maybe it is that it's off Rundle and away from Ebenezer or anywhere else, for a nice change. Or maybe it's this feeling of transportation to some friendly borough or neighbourhood that could be anywhere in the world - including the East End of Adelaide. The place is just oozing with this 'cool and friendly neighbourhood cafe' feel and that's no mean feat for what is ostensibly a CBD cafe.
That's no accident, though, it feels super local because it is. The person behind The Howling Owl is Mick of Rhino Room, and from the top of management (hi Claire!) right down to the salmon of Hahndorf in one of their tasty bagels, everything is sourced locally or from not too far away. Tom, the barista who is brewing Tony from Thebarton's local D'Angelo roast, is back from London's Workshop and makes a cup as good as any you will find in the CBD. The ready-made bagels and sandwiches feature Barossa ham, Beerenberg chutneys, Kangaroo Island haloumi and Aldinga turkey. You can get all DIY with your own tasting board or if you'd rather they do it for you, choose from a selection of cheese, grazing and dip plates. That's even before you hit up the local beers and ciders. Word is that they'll be opening late at night in a month or so for all you local winos, too. FIVE THOUSAND