CCCLM Night-Time Economy Research for 2020-21 Released

Last updated 14 June, 2023

Adelaide’s night-time economy (NTE) is rebounding from the impacts of the COVID-19, with the number of restaurants and cafes in the city increasing 10 per cent.

It comes despite lockdowns and restrictions at the height of the pandemic that took a toll on hospitality operators.

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors 2020-21 report, released last week, showed the number of night-time eateries in the City of Adelaide increased from 861 establishments in 2019/20 to 920 in 2020/21.

Conducted by Ingenium, this annual research provides an analysis of the night-time economy for all major city councils in Australia — 88 local government areas in total.

Adelaide Economic Development Agency chair Nikki Govan said the city’s night-time economy continued to go from strength to strength.

“Our night-time traders play a key role in the city’s economy, and many have overcome curveballs the COVID-19 pandemic threw at them,” Ms Govan said.

“To see current traders thrive and more operators choose to open their businesses in the city shows confidence in both the sector and the Adelaide’s business landscape.”

The report showed food made up 71 per cent of the night-time economy, followed by drinks at 15.3 per cent and entertainment at 13.7 per cent.

Data indicated Adelaide has the highest density of Core NTE, Food and Drink businesses per residential population in the country, an improvement on its third and fourth placing in previous years.

City of Adelaide Chief Executive Officer Clare Mockler said it was pleasing to see strong growth in Adelaide’s night-time economy, despite all the challenges the sector faced in the wake of the pandemic.

"The City of Adelaide’s leadership response offered a lifeline to night-time traders significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. Initiatives such as Reignite Adelaide, Outdoor Activation Grants and AEDA’s dining voucher campaigns provided targeted support when it was most needed,” the Chief Executive Officer said.

“To have a number of new businesses open their doors speaks to the resilience of the sector and to our commitment to supporting city businesses.

“This result confirms Adelaide’s status as the Capital City for brilliant food and wine experiences and a magnet city for festivals, events and a dynamic UNESCO City of Music.

The City of Adelaide will create a Night-Time Economy Advisory Committee to further support the sector.”

To read the full report, visit Australia’s Night-Time Economy 2020-2021 – Council of Capital City Lord Mayors.