We began making a little list of new things across Tassie that fast became a long-scrolling affair. We can’t keep up. So, we’ve handpicked a few faves to add to your travel list. There’s sneaky cocktail bars, new walking adventures, and a vineyard powered by our sunshine. Oh, and who wants to dive into a tub of red velvet pillows or stand upside down with locals?
GOLD BAR HOBART – HOBART WATERFRONT
Blink and you’ll miss this little speakeasy. It’s tucked away in a former flour mill down by the waterfront, featuring a suite of fine spirits, cocktails and comfort food. Nitro-Martini anyone?
INSTITUT POLAIRE – HOBART WATERFRONT
It’s cool in here. We mean really cool. Slick, beautiful and artfully focussed around Tasmania’s cool climate. The drinks are chilled, the fire glows, the interior is invitingly luxe. It’s the place to sip on an Antarctic dry martini.
OLD WHARF RESTAURANT - HOBART
Settle in by the River Derwent at Old Wharf where seafood and story telling are high on the menu. Led by Saffire Freycinet’s former Head Chef Simon Pockran, it’s difficult to pass up the Chef’s Table experience of five courses straight from the open-style kitchen.
SUZIE LUCKS'S CANTEEN & COCKTAIL BAR - HOBART
Knew and loved Smolt in Salamanca Square? Well, after ten years of trade, they have re-opened as a Pan-Asian eatery - Suzie Luck's. The space has been completely re-imagined and goes very nicely with a fruity Mai Tai.
MOORE’S HILL ESTATE - TAMAR VALLEY
Need somewhere to plug in your Tesla? Moore’s Hill is a family operated wine producer who happen to be Tasmania’s first 100 per cent solar powered winery. In the stunning Tamar Valley, these folk make wine powered by the sun – completing the new winery in March this year. And yes, there’s a plug for Teslas.
KWAN HO – SANDY BAY, HOBART
It’s coming. It’s Me Wah’s sister and it’ll be opening at Wrest Point very soon. Oh, and check out the amazing new-look Point Revolving Restaurant and rooms (sneak peak above).
WUKALINA WALK - NORTH EAST TASMANIA
Across three nights and four days, come to understand the palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) culture on a guided walking experience through north east Tasmania, including the famed Bay of Fires. First walkers on this Aboriginal owned and operated walk depart January 2018, staying in traditional dome inspired huts and a renovated lighthouse keeper’s cottage on the final night.
EVENTS WITH AUDREY – TASMANIA-WIDE
Who’s Audrey? She’s a hip little caravan bar ready to scoot along to your next event. She’s elegant and refined, even with her very own Huon pine serving area. She comes complete with a fully equipped bar, speciality glassware and skilled bartenders. Invite her to your next event.
BAR WA IZAKAYA – MID TOWN, HOBART
Things are all very social at Bar Wa Izakaya. Come for a specialty Japanese sake, or stay on for dinner. A fine list of beers and sake is waiting, teamed with a menu all made in house at this Elizabeth Street gastro-pub.
PUMPHOUSE POINT - LAKE ST CLAIR
Hold tight...something is coming and we're off to have a peek next week. More to come!
TRUFFLEDORE – AT CRADLE COUNTRY FARMS
Hunt for truffles in North West Tasmania – although the season is June through August there are tours of the farm year round along with gourmet truffle lunches and accommodation. Meet little Chicken, the truffle hunting dog who has been known to chomp through $500 worth of black Perigord truffles in a day!
PHAT FISH – SALAMANCA, HOBART
If you’re after some good fish and chips in Salamanca, try out the new Phat Fish. Located where Vietnamese Kitchen once stood, the offering delivers a good casual feed as well as a solid serving of craft beers.
CORINDA COLLECTION - GLEBE, HOBART
Julian and Chaxi, the heart behind Brockley Estate on the East Coast, now welcome you to the Corrinda Collection in Hobart. The have applied their refined touch to the historic Glebe accommodation and have all kinds of goodness in store from garden tours to Chaxi’s much loved cooking classes.
KOMBI CAFE – BATTERY POINT, HOBART
You might recognise this mobile food business? Now it’s laid roots down in Hampden Rd, Battery Point. Drop in to Kombi for terribly nutritious smoothies, Buddha bowls and wholefood hotcakes. Oh, and if you have special dietary requirements line up with the others tired of paying extra for milk alternatives.
KILLARA DISTILLERY - SOUTHERN TASMANIA
So this isn’t brand new. But we had to give a shout out to one of the few distilleries across the world that is owned and operated by a female. Kristy Booth-Lark has distilling in her veins, her parents are Bill and Lyn Lark and her distillery’s name pays homage to the Lark legacy. For someone who wanted to be an air traffic controller, aren’t we glad Kristy opened Killara last year, making Apothecary Gin, Single Malt, brandy and more. Kristy tells us she hopes to have a cellar door soon but for now, enjoy her drops at The House of Whisky on Bruny, Society in Salamanca, Drink Co., Gold Bar and others.
CHIPPIES RIGHT ROYAL FISH N CHIPS - BATTERY POINT
Hobart’s newest Fish n' Chip shop in Battery Point - it’s said to be Prince Harry’s favourite on earth. Fish ~ Chips ~ Twists - that’s the story at Chippies. A dose of humour is served up with the likes of Tasmanian oysters, scallop pies, fresh flathead and the homemade truffle mayo is just delish. Open nightly for dinner (weekend lunches Fri-Sun), there's a hidden speakeasy bar, sunny courtyard and Queen Elizabeth II drop scones are straight off the griddle.
BROTHER MINE – NEW TOWN, HOBART
Drive along New Town Road and you might just see a big black and white screen show playing out on a restaurant wall. Inside, is a friendly suburban bar and formal dining area. Brother Mine do great brekkies through to evening cocktails – and now are open Mondays and Tuesdays for all day breakfast.
POET STORE - HOBART
Books and tea are quite the match made in literary heaven. Now, Macquarie Street Hobart has its own gorgeous tea atelier and curated book store. It’s also home of New Philosopher and Womankind magazines. Pop in and have yourself a sip of organic tea from the hills of Sri Lanka and a wander through their thought-provoking range.
GROUNDSMAN ESPRESSO - EASTERN SHORE, HOBART
Needing your caffeine fix on the Eastern Shore? Head for the groundsman! They use the Hobart Milk Factory for their milk, sourced from farmers at Break Creek. They're part of our community. No wonder locals bring them lemons.
OSBORNE AVIATION - PORT ARTHUR + STANLEY
Did you know Osborne now have a southern base, just near the Port Arthur Lavender Farm? In moments you can be sweeping over the dramatic Tasman Peninsula on a 15 minute Sea Cliffs & Convicts tour or taking in the Tarkine from their Stanley location. Get up there!
YAMBU - HOBART
A little Latin America has arrived in Elizabeth Street Hobart. Get yourself in for a Charcarero sandwich or Bocadito Cubano at once! Rich flavours, generous servings and authentic tunes...Is this the beginning of Tassie's own Latin Corner?
AGEING BARREL WINE TOURS - SOUTHERN TASMANIA
Ageing Barrel Wine Tours don’t just do tours – they deliver experiences to remember. Premier wines, local people and their stories, local produce and all amongst the backdrop of Southern Tassie’s amazing scenery. Oh, and they transport you in luxury style.
FOX FRIDAY - MOONAH
Not brand new, but if you haven't been out to their cellar door, add it to your nano brewery list. Their beer is all hand crafted in small batches. Chat to the brewers at their petite lounge bar (Wed 5-7pm, Fri 3.30-7pm) where growlers, squealers, share packs and bombers are on offer.
RUCKUS FRIED CHICKEN – NEW TOWN, HOBART
Like your chicken fried? At Ruckus in New Town they’ve got you covered for fried chicken, corn-on-the-cob kind of delicious sides, juice and booze. What more do you need other than a game of connect four after your fill?
PARAGON THEATRE & ROAM WILD - WEST COAST
Heading West any time soon? An art deco 1930s icon swings open it's doors this October. The Paragon Theatre will once again offer dinner and a movie (and gorgeous desserts) much like its early days. While you're there, have Roam Wild take you deep into a mining tunnel few know about and share tales of ancient pines and pioneers.
THE SPOTTED QUOLL STUDIO - CBD HOBART
The Spotted Quoll Studio has arrived in Hobart Town! You'll find them at 167 Liverpool Street, brimming with their 100 per cent designed and made in Tasmania goodness. They're all about the slow fashion movement and specialise in merino wool products - find jewellery, fashion, homewares, furniture and more.
SEAGRASS LONG POINT - SANDY BAY, HOBART
It's Hobart's latest waterfront dining venue. Open for delicious brekkies and lunch, River Derwent views are literally just beyond the plate here. Delish smoothies, house wallaby, veggie bowls and freshly baked cakes are just some of the items on offer. Come dine with a view!
STANDARD DRINKS - CBD HOBART
Not brand spanking, but we're yet to introduce Standard Drinks. Needing a relaxed atmosphere and a pin ball machine close by? The Standard have you sorted, and with the likes of Shambles Brewery Golden Rye ale and a Standard Chicken burger for $15, there’s no reason not to bring a handful of mates along too.
TRUFFLE LODGE - GRETNA
Get your glamp on at Truffle Lodge. On the river bend at Gretna, in the Derwent Valley is a type of camping that delivers serious luxury. Large safari tents, deep wooden bath tubs, and plenty of Australian bush camp character weaved in.
UKIYO STORE - CBD HOBART
This new concept store is a delicate fusion of Japan and Tasmania, featuring homewares, accessories, fashion and more. Not limited to these regions, you’ll find slow fashion and one off pieces from across the globe as well as workshops, exhibitions and more.
MR GOOD GUY - CBD HOBART
This good guy brings the flavours of a South East Asian hawker-style restaurant to Hobart. Fresh, delicious and a cheery atmosphere to boot. Why not go all out and order a whole pig with all the trimmings….just give them seven days notice.
EDGE OF THE WORLD TOURS - TASMANIA-WIDE
Keen to head to the edge of the world? Access the inaccessible with these guys. Tours include the West Coast Explorer, Freycinet Experience and Bruny Island Discovery. They’ll make sure you get off the beaten track.
DAVEY STREET GARAGE - SOUTHERN TASMANIA
Need your coffee delivered? Davey Street Garage is a new mobile café bringing a tasty menu and Tassie coffee your way. Just call Ben and Luce on 0499 637 516!
METROPOLITAN - MIDTOWN HOBART
It’s coming to Midtown soon. Where’s Midtown? It’s that amazing little hive of activity between Hobart’s CBD and North Hobart. Metropolitan is due to open late October!
THREADS TASMANIA - HOBART
Okay, okay, we're saving the bestest for last. Did you know that you can go to Handstand Classes here in Hobart? Yes, that's right. And if you're really keen you can also become an Acro Yoga champ. You don't have to be an Olympic gymnast, just a penchant for laughter and moving in new ways.
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