The secret’s out - these are Hobart's coolest wine bars that locals love

Looking for a wine list with Tasmanian drops, craft beers, Insta-worthy cocktails or tempting bar snacks? Drink in this list of the best places to go for wine and food in the Tassie capital.

A table filled with sharing plates including scallops, olives and chocolate cake
  • Stephanie Williams
  • March 2020

There’s something in the water. Not only does Hobart have great wine bars offering the best in beer, wine and spirits, but then there’s the vibe, fab food… and those killer views.

Best for views: The Glass House

The view from the Brooke Street Pier bar/restaurant is superb at any hour. By day, watch the Mona ferries and Antarctic ships while enjoying a few sophisticated cocktails, and gaze at the stars of the southern sky at night. Each item on chef David Ball’s seasonally responsive menu, featuring ingredients such as Cape Grim beef cheek, purple garlic and pink eye potatoes, tells a Tassie story – that of farmers, fishers and makers.

Best for natural wines: Sonny

Chef Matt Breen and owner Chris Chapple have branched out from Templo and opened this walk-in only, 18-seater in the heart of the city. The drinks list is heavy on interesting and natural wines and prosciutto is theatrically shaved to order at the bar – part of a tight list of snacks with enough options to make a meal. While bar manager Alister Roberston provides entertaining company, vinyl records bring the party.

Best for live music: Pablo’s Cocktails & Dreams

If the name doesn’t hook you in, then the free live jazz and speakeasy atmosphere will. Nestled in a historic sandstone building, in the basement of an Indian restaurant (yes, you can order snacks from there), Pablo’s is the perfect spot to imbibe and listen to talented local musicians.

101 Harrington Street

Best for alfresco: The Den

This Salamanca Place establishment has a seriously stylish fitout of timber and luxe leather. Their menu is dedicated to Tasmanian tastes, with clever cocktails (don’t miss the Granny Smith infused vodka) and showcases local wines, alongside share plates of Huon salmon skewers and local pork belly, baos and salads. The brave can sit alfresco by the fire pits all-year round, or stay toasty in one of the cosy spaces inside.

Best for atmosphere: Lucinda

Afternoon or after dark, Lucinda feels like you’ve wandered into a fun little house party and the host happens to be serving up the best of Tassie produce. The drinks list pulls together the best of the natural wine world, with a rotating menu of vino and beer options. Pull up a seat and stay a while, or have a quick snack such as ham hock terrine with fresh local radishes while waiting for your table at big sister restaurant Dier Makr.

123 Collins Street

A row of wine bottles by a window
Lucinda serves some of the best natural wines in the world

Best for spirits: Evolve Spirits Bar

Pop into Evolve Spirits Bar at MACq 01 Hotel on the waterfront for an extensive range of Tasmanian whiskies and gins.

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