Heading for Hobart? Here are some cool places to enjoy a meal and a drink
The starkly impressive Cascade Brewery towers over the lower slopes of Mount Wellington in South Hobart and is Australia’s oldest brewery – it dates back to 1824. It is set in lovely English-style gardens.
Located in what used to be a former newspaper building, industrial-chic hipster hangout Franklin is the base for former Peppermint Bay chef David Moyle, whose dishes come from an open kitchen. The contemporary menu changes daily and the wines are largely “natural”.
Landscape Restaurant and Grill opened in October in the old Henry's space in the Henry Jones Hotel on the waterfront. Chef Ollie Mellers promises a steak and seafood emphasis using an Asado Grill that is fired up daily with a blend of Tasmanian hard wood.
A fairly recent arrival from the team behind long-time Salamanca favourite Smolt, Frank specialises in flavours of Argentina and Peru; from steaks with chimichuri sauce and salsa picante to empanadas or ceviche. A busy spot that tends to stay open late.
A tiny but classy European-style bistro from an experienced team, casual Templo is Hobart's dining darling du jour. The blackboard menu changes daily depending on what is fresh and local.
Hobart's beautiful people and savvy visitors hang out at the end of Brooke Street Pier, sipping on cocktails and sampling Asian-inspired share plates. The views and service are awesome.
For the best Cantonese food in the state head to the inner beach suburb of Sandy Bay, where you'll find Me Wah behind a shopping centre car park. Think white tablecloths, expensive wines and serious dishes like Sichuan duck or five-spice squid.
Overlooking the River Derwent on swish Brooke Street Pier, Aloft has food to match the views; an eclectic and innovative selection of Asian-influenced dishes emerge from an open kitchen.
Located in the remodelled former premises of Garagistes in Murray Street, Urban Greek is a family- friendly Greek eatery that serves all the traditional favourites.
You'll find a cheerful after-work crowd at this lively wine bar on the North Hobart restaurant strip. There is a good selection of wines from both Tasmania and around the globe, and some enticing snacks. A second venue, Ettie's, has just opened in the former Ethos space downtown.
Bill Lark is the father of modern whisky distilling in Tasmania. His cellar just a few steps from the Hobart waterfront offers tastings of various whiskies and other spirits in a lively ambience – with live music some evenings.
[Born in Brunswick]
All the range with North Hobart hipsters, this new cafe is light and bright and has an open kitchen serving up very smart food using local ingredients.
[The Shipwright's Arms]
A traditional English-style pub 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 operated by Naser and Cheryl Daci, who also own up-market bakery Daci & Daci. As the name suggests, Jamon Iberico takes top tapas billing.
If you like music loud and drinks strong 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.
This 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. Think wood-fired pizzas and an excellent selection of local wines.
[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.
This completely refurbished old-style pub in South Hobart serves up traditional pub dishes like lamb's fry and bacon or salt and pepper calamari in a convivial atmosphere.
A funky eatery on the Elizabeth Street strip just north of the city centre that is known for serving craft beers, hip wines and artisan ciders.
[Glaetzer-Dixon Family Winemakers]
Award-winning winemaker Nick Glaetzer and his wife Sally have just opened a smart new tasting facility in an old ice works on the city fringe. It is open at weekends only.
# This story is an edited version of a feature that appears in Quest Kudos magazine