The Hungry Hippo
This place is one of the most iconic niche places in Adelaide. Unfortunately it has temporarily closed until further notice. However, it is worth mentioning it for the countless great experiences and the possibility of a grand reopening.
The Hungry Hippo was located in the quieter part of Hindley street, a bit of a distance away from the main party area. It’s pretty accessible, about a fifteen minute walk from the main centre.
The exterior is a beautiful carved stone bricks placed against large white window stills. Tastefully painted sign above the entrance showcases the name of the venue.
The interior is a rainbow of many beautiful colors. The tables and seats are different colored. The walls are painted with chalk of different characters, including the Hungry hippo itself. The walls themselves are light black except for the skeleton of the building that is predominantly made with brown bricks. You could also see a chalk written list on the wall of champions of certain games, with competitions and leaderboards challenging the competitive to try their luck.
Right after entering the front door you would be facing the bar. From there you could grab a wide selection of different reds and whites to try from. Or if you’re looking for some beers, then look no further. The restaurants also serve magnificently tasting foods. From chicken wings to nachos. Their signature malted milkshakes were divine and great to go with any competitive game.
I would often go there with a group of mates to spend a cozy night together. Imagibe a rag tag group of students from Germany, Spain, the United Kingdoms, Denmark and Americans bonding through game and laughter.The Hungry Hippo itself is a game bar-restaurant. Rather than pokies (slot machines) they have board games of all types. More than a hundred different types of board games to choose from. Any game you have ever played in your childhood, you’ll find it there.
It's a great place to learn new board games and an even better way to get to know your mates and feel more comfortable around them. The place would often sell excess board games and even replace the new ones. Keep on the lookout for a grand reopening or similar shops like these as the yare a gem in the trough when many people find the only proper night is a proper night out with heavy drinking and partying.