The coolest places to go for Happy Hour drinks in Hobart

Whether you are looking for classy, cosy or convict-era, there is a pub in the Tasmanian capital with bar offerings you will love, at a bargain price.

Hobart has plenty of hip bars with great happy hour deals
  • Danielle Ross Walls
  • August 2019

With a reputation for world-class beer, whisky and wines, you’re never far from a tasty tipple in Tasmania’s capital. A local shows us where to go to enjoy a great-value drink.

Bar Wa Izakaya

Hobart meets Tokyo in this funky bar with a focus on sake, Japanese beer, cocktails and whisky. The atmosphere is cosy and casual and the sake bottle chandelier is definitely Insta-worthy. On Sundays from 3-5pm, delight in AUD $15 jugs of Sapporo and AUD $8 Suntory Whisky Highballs teamed with AUD $3 serves of karaage chicken, which comes accompanied with Bar Wa Izakaya’s special chilli miso. There is also half-price oysters from 4-6pm daily.

Bar Wa Izakaya not only has great drinks deals, but quality food too.
Bar Wa Izakaya not only has great drinks deals, but quality food too.

Fern Tree Tavern

A 10-kilometre drive from the centre of town will have you breathing the fresh mountain air of kunanyi/Mount Wellington, surrounded by dramatic scenery of towering eucalypts and lush ferns. Halfway up the mountain, you’ll be greeted with hearty country-style cooking and local beverages combined with genuine hospitality at this family-friendly tavern. From 4.30-6.30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Tasmanian beers are discounted. If you’re not a beer fan, check out the wine list loaded with great Tassie reds and whites, single malt whiskies and gins. And check the blackboard for the roast of the day. Families should arrive on Thursdays from 5.30pm, when kids under 12 eat free from the kid’s menu.

The cosy Fern Tree Tavern is a local hit for food, drinks and live music
The cosy Fern Tree Tavern is a local hit for food, drinks and live music.

Raincheck Lounge

This popular venue in trendy North Hobart features fine local wines, beers and spirits. The menu at Raincheck Lounge offers classic café dishes and modern Australian options along with their signature friendly service. Get extra lucky from 3-6pm Tuesday to Saturday with AUD $10 cocktails and AUD $8 tapas plates and on Thursdays there is a Buddha bowl and beer deal for AUD $25. Raincheck Lounge also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner – and their reputation for good coffee is widely known.

Mr Good Guy

This vibrant, playful restaurant and bar, located in the CBD’s Ibis Hotel, is known for its cocktail list featuring an infusion of Asian flavours and old favourites. If cocktails aren’t your thing, you can access the best deals any day of the week from 4.30-5.30pm, with schooners of James Boag’s beer, plus AUD $5 house wine and sparkling. Pair your beverages with small plates of South-East Asian street food – such as the bao buns with fried chicken, pickled sweet potato and sesame – which utilises the best fresh Tasmanian produce.

Mr Good Guy pairs Tassie-made drinks with an Asian-inspired menu
Mr Good Guy pairs Tassie-made drinks with an Asian-inspired menu.

The Lounge by Frogmore Creek

The sophisticated yet unpretentious atmosphere here makes it feel like a classy extension of your living room, albeit set in the stunning Macq01 complex with views of the city and waterfront sweeping up to kunanyi/Mount Wellington. At The Lounge by Frogmore Creek (sibling to the popular vineyard in Cambridge), you can relax on velvet sofas and, from 4-6pm Monday to Friday, spoil yourself with AUD $5 Stella Artois off the tap, plus AUD $10 Tassie wines and cocktails, including the delectable “Clooney” Nespresso Martini.

Rude Boy

If a cheeky Pina Colada is calling your name, take yourself on a journey at this funky Caribbean rum and food bar in the heart of the CBD. Here, the flamboyant décor complements cocktails with a difference. From 4-6pm daily, indulge in AUD $6 sparkling and lagers and the AUD $10 Rhubarb, Raspberry and Sparkling Spritz. Don’t miss: The “Rhinelander” cocktail, featuring sustainable ingredients such as egg-shell soda.

Colourful cocktail bar Rude Boy has sweet happy hour offerings
Colourful cocktail bar Rude Boy has sweet happy hour offerings.

Brunswick Hotel

This convict-built pub – thought to be the second oldest in Australia – opened as the Coach Inn in 1827 but is now a gastropub loved by locals. Enjoy your drinks by the original sandstone open fire or check out the rustic-chic backyard beer garden. From 4-6pm Fridays, treat yourself to selected schooners of draught and bubbles for only AUD $5. A schooner of Tassie’s Captain Bligh at happy hour prices is not to be missed. After a mid-week special? Every Wednesday night from 6pm, the pub offers a AUD $25 “Pint and Parmie” deal made with free-range, locally sourced chicken.

Baaa Bar

Close to the CBD and the waterfront, this cosy bar is set in the lobby of The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel. Relax at the end of a workday with their signature Black Devil cider for AUD $7.50, or from 5.30-6.30pm, you can get two glasses of house wine for the price of one. Schooners are also the price of a 10-ounce glass and each week the bar features one of their signature cocktails as a special.