Bars, restaurants, exhibitions and hotels – 2021 has already seen some incredible new additions to the Hobart landscape. With borders opening up around Australia, Hobart is welcoming visitors with open arms (socially distanced, of course) with a bunch of new things to see and do.
We have pulled together a few notable entries to the Hobart scene, along with some hidden treasures that you may be yet to discover!
Eat & Drink
Hobart is a foodie lover’s paradise with plenty of fresh local Tasmania produce gracing wine lists and restaurant menus. Locals and visitors alike with be delighted to hear of some great new bars and restaurants that have recently opened around the city.
Hobart’s first rooftop venue, Aura, is part lounge, part restaurant and part events space with some spectacular 360 views of Hobart. Watch the sunset behind kunanyi with a glass of Tasmanian sparkling!
For small plates, boutique brews and quaint courtyard vibes, La Sardina Loca is a must. Head there on a Sunday afternoon for courtyard sessions with local artists.
Tesoro in the new Movenpick Hotel Hobart, presents lovers of Italian cuisine with a treasure trove of Tasmania’s gastronomic pleasures. The Italian style restaurant has a focus on Tasmania’s amazing seasonal produce cooked in the traditional Italian style.
Gin(bar) is a brand new bar by local spirit producers Forty Spotted Gin. With an emphasis on premium, quality products and hand-crafted cocktails, Gin Bar Hobart offers locals and visitors the opportunity to experience Tasmanian gin like never before. Book a masterclass during the day and learn how to blend aromas and gin flavours.
Enjoy the best of Tasmania’s whisky, gin, beer and cider without the worry about a designated driver with The Brew Hop. Venture your way around Hobart, the Huon Valley and the Derwent Valley tasting and learning about Tasmania’s finest brews.
Melbourne may be well-known for its laneway art but Hobart has some amazing hidden laneways filled with murals and public art. The walls have been painted by experienced and emerging artists and feature exotic animals and abstract patterns. Follow the urban art walls map and spend a few hours wandering around the city discovering the unique artwork.
After taking a brief hiatus Mona is back open with some fresh exhibitions, catch the Mona Roma ferry from the Brooke St Pier and enjoy a wander around the exhibitions before enjoying a refreshment on the lush Mona lawns.
It’s no secret that Hobart is filled with interesting history, after-all it is one of Australia’s oldest cities. Re-discover its unique heritage with a walk around the beautiful Battery Point. The Battery Point Sculpture Trail illustrates a weight, measure, time, quantity, date or distance linked to a story about that place. Once you have enjoyed a wander, hop on the Red Decker Bus and make your way up to Cascade Brewery, Australia’s oldest brewery. Pop into their newly refurbished bar for a pint of the local brew or book a tour of the brewery.
Hobart is continuing to see some fantastic new hotels join the line-up. Movenpick Hotel Hobart has recently opened its doors on Elizabeth Street in Hobart’s CBD. The hotel injects a little bit of Swiss styling into the city along with their famous chocolate hour – yes we said chocolate hour. Between 4 and 5pm guests will receive a complimentary dessert with any chocolate flavoured cocktail, cocktail or affogato.
Another new hit in the Hobart skyline is the Crown Plaza Hobart, the 235-room hotel offers views of either the Hobart waterfront or Mount Wellington. The onsite dining includes two restaurants, the Deck and Core along with Hobart’s highest rooftop bar, Aura.
Within the walls of the Vibe Hotel are elements from Hobart’s convict history with the lobby showcasing a period column of handmade convict bricks, still bearing their thumbprints. The hotel also features ‘The Belvedere’, a fine-dining restaurant serving the finest seasonal local produce.
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Header Image: Aura Bar – Andrew Knott