Clever Little Tailor
19 Peel Street, Adelaide
0407 111 857
Clever Little Tailor is a designer’s dream. The clean lines of the wooden front, the typography on the blackboards, the gold lettering on the front door, the exposed rock wall, and the beautifully carved wooden handles on the beer taps – it’s all just a joy to look at.
Clever Little Tailor opened in 2013 and is the love child of three Adelaide locals: Crispian Fielke, Dana Whyte and Josh Baker. Josh is experienced in the world of hospitality, owning a coffee shop around the corner on Leigh Street called Coffee Branch. It was his relationship with the landlord enabled the three friends to secure the space for Clever Little Tailor.
When Josh was offered the space on Peel Street, Dana was working with him at Coffee Branch. At the time Crispian was in the wine industry and so the three joined forces, and Clever Little Tailor was born. The name is inspired by a Brothers Grimm fairytale of the same name about a tailor who wins the heart of a princess through his quick wit, and this title is a perfect match for the whimsical nature of the business.
The warm light coming from the hanging pendant lamps bounces off the perfectly lined up spirit bottles and fills the large front windows with a cosy glow. It’s the sort of place you just can’t walk past – you’ve got to pop in and enjoy the atmosphere. The entire space was a labour of love, with much of the fit-out a combined effort from the owners’ family members. Thankfully Dana’s father is a retired boat builder so was able to direct and oversee the trickier parts.
While you’re soaking in the rustic décor and that stunningly high rock wall, you’ll be presented with a cocktail, wine and beer list that will test your decision-making skills. The wines come from all over the world, with a focus on Australian offerings, especially some wonderful South Australian drops, while the thoughtful list of beers travel from local and international breweries.
The cocktails range from the classic New York Sazerac from 1908, with rye whisky, Cognac, house-blend bitters and house Sazerac syrup, stirred and served neat; to the 2015 Satan’s Reviver – Gran Classico, Fernet Branca, cold- drip coffee and mint, served short.
For something a little unusual, try the Charlie Chaplin – sloe gin, apricot, lime, rose water and egg white, shaken. There’s also the Donald Byrd – mandarin infused gin, golden falernum, Aperol, Chartreuse and lime, shaken and served.
Clever Little Tailor strives to deliver a quality drinks program, supplemented by simple, delicious light bites. Cheese and charcuterie is sourced from local markets, as is a selection of produce and herbs that appear in the creative cocktails.
Open seven days and dedicated to bringing South Australians the very best of beer, spirits, cocktails and wine, it’s no wonder this bar is buzzing.