What Tasmania lacks in shear numbers of drinking establishments, it makes up for in quality booze and hidden little bars. It has the best of the best boutique bars, whisky distilleries, wineries and brewhouses you rarely get anywhere else in the world.
Whisky tasting at Lark distillery, 14 Davey Street, Hobart (see map)
Lark Distillery is a boutique producer of some of Australia’s most impressive single malt whiskies and the bar staff are incredibly insightful. You will be able to try 5 different whiskeys of varying ages which makes this tasting not for the faint hearted and our main advice, do not drive.
Sidecar, 129 Bathurst Street, Hobart (see map)
Sidecar is up there with our favourite bars in Australia (it is run by the same people who own Hobart’s most innovative restaurant, Garagistes, hot tip: put your name down and drink here while you wait for a table). The deep fried panko crumbed green olives stuffed with pork mince & served with a tart aioli is out of this world. Pair it with an Americano or one of their carefully selected sakes and there you go; A pre-dinner snack winner.
Grape, 55 Salamanca Pl Hobart +61 3 6224 0611 (see map)
Low beam ceilings, all walls lined with a simply incredible selection of wines. Enjoy some oysters with your vino! The tapas menu is decent too.
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Nant Whisky Bar, 55 Salamanca Place, Hobart +61 3 6224 0611 (see map) $18.50 entry.
Nant Distillery honours traditional distillation methods to produce the Nant double and single malt whiskies all on the heritage-listed farm complex which was once a convict-built sandstone flour mill (circa: 1823). Try the Masterclass tasting plate and a whisky sour.
The bars at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), 655 Main Road, Berriedale, Tasmania (see map)
Sure, the gallery at MONA is amazing, but you already knew that. What we find just as impressive as the art is the array of bars and restaurants you can go to within the museum. As soon as you make your way down to the gallery you are greeted by the lavish ‘Void Bar’. Set in the grand sandstone walls, this bar is really impressive. They have developed an extensive wine & cocktail list as well as a bar snack menu, (We ate: The mixed bruschetta plate with toppings of zucchini with feta & mint, a simple tomato & basil and an anchovy, parsley & capers and we also had a plate of smoked trout, fennel, crème fraiche, roe, beetroot and rocket.) And if you feel so inclined, you can make the rest of your MONA journey even more interesting with a shot of absinthe and a bucket of popcorn. After you have weaved your way through the extensive gallery, we would suggest heading to the Wine Bar.
If it’s a nice day, sit out on the massive beanbags on the grass, grab a glass of wine (produced by the MONA winery) and eat a snack plate.
Breweries to check out:
• Moo Brewery
• James Boags & Sons
• Hellyers Road Distillery
• Iron House Brewery
If you’re more into quaffing about in one of the many great wineries Tasmania has to offer, check them all out on Discover Tasmania
Big thanks to Alicia & Claire from Babes on Grill for giving us a first hand look at Tasmania’s best bars and distilleries