Hobart is surrounded by vineyards; the Derwent Valley to the north, Coal River Valley to the east and the Huon Valley to the south. The city has wine bars, a smattering of whisky joints and traditional pubs in the British style: including The Whaler, the Shipwright’s Arms and the Customs House Hotel. The Republic Bar in North Hobart is great for live music.
You'll find a cheerful after-work crowd comprised mainly of locals and hospitality industry workers at this lively wine bar on the North Hobart restaurant strip. There is a good selection of interesting wines from both Tasmania and around the globe, and some enticing snacks.
Bill Lark is the Godfather of modern whisky distilling in Tasmania, re-starting the art after 150 years. His cellar just a few steps from the Hobart waterfront offers tastings of various whiskies and other spirits in a clubby atmosphere – with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
A laid-back spot on Argyle Street that is popular with local hipsters, Pilgrim serves arguably the best single-origin coffees in Hobart and is also a popular breakfast destination. It has a pared-back industrial chic look run by Will Priestley, who started the Hobart coffee revolution in 2010.
The Shipwright's Arms
If you love a traditional English-style pub, head down a couple of back streets in Battery Point and you'll find the The Shipwrights Arms, where you can enjoy a pint of lager or Guinness, a good choice of wines and no poker machines or disco tunes. The premises date back to 1846.
There is a Spanish accent to this new wine bar and casual eatery owned by Naser and Cheryl Daci, who also operate up-market bakery Daci & Daci. As the name suggests, Jamon Iberico shares top tapas billing with a nifty list of wines from Tasmania and Spain by the glass.
If you like your music loud and drinks strong then then this cocktail/beer bar tucked away at the rear of Salamanca Square might rock your boat. This is hipster heaven with an old bus parked in a courtyard full of young people enjoying craft beers and burgers.
A pizza and wine bar in a 180-year-old sandstone building on Salamanca Place is one of the stayers on Hobart's fast-changing bar scene, and is particularly busy on Friday and Saturday nights. Think wood-fired pizzas, an excellent selection of local wines and good-natured crowd.
Nant Whisky Bar
Tucked away down a side laneway leading to Salamanca Square, this whisky-themed bar is an ideal spot for a pre- or post-dinner drinking in comfortable surroundings. The drinks list includes not only Nant products but also a range of single malts from around the globe.
The IXL Bar
Whether it is cocktails, beers, wines or cider you are looking for the lovely IXL Bar on the ground floor of the Henry Jones Art Hotel offers a good selection in congenial company and is a good spot to find company early in the week. Live entertainment is also often featured.
The New Sydney Hotel
Pubs don't get much more casual than the slightly-dated ambience of the New Sydney, which serves a wide selection of craft beers on tap and in bottle, a choice of ciders and whole-hearted pub grub. There is a roaring fire on winter evenings and a warm welcome from the staff.