With just 24 hours in Hobart, we filled most of our time in town scouting out great spots to wine and dine! Here’s where we ate and drank our fill:

Dine

Aloft – Doing a bit of research ahead of our trip, we booked an early dinner seating here in advance. We thought we’d treat ourselves to a special meal during our short stay and what an experience it turned out to be! Sitting on the top floor of Brooke Street Pier, with views out over the water, the venue itself is rather special. As for the food…this is hands down one of the best meals I’ve had in my life! Not just because the food was incredibly fresh, skilfully prepared and utterly delicious, but also because each dish was a surprise and total delight! Asian inspired dishes are created using Tasmania’s fresh, local ingredients and are expertly prepared and presented. We both tried so many new flavours and combinations over each course that completely blew us away, it was exciting to see just what the next dish was going to be. The cosy and intimate ambience, smooth soundtrack and attentive, knowledgeable wait staff only adds to the magic that comes out of that kitchen. Christian and I opted for their banquet dinner, with the kitchen even able to amend their pescetarian banquet for me so that my dishes were gluten free without leaving me feel as though I was missing out. I can’t speak highly enough of this venue and would absolutely recommend dining here when you visit!

  • Where: Pier One, Brooke St, Hobart
    (03) 6223 1619
    aloftrestaurant.com
    For bookings, phone through or make one online

Berta – If you’re looking for a generous, colourful breakfast plate, with a few twists on everyone’s favourites – then this is the spot for you! Sitting on Elizabeth Street in North Hobart, this bright and welcoming café serves up honest, no-fuss food together with good coffee and warm vibes. Not a coffee drinker myself, I opted for a hot chocolate to warm me up after braving the cold outside. This hot chocolate not only melted the cold away but left me wanting another mug! Chocolate is frothed in with the milk, giving you the choccie fix you’re after and leaves you fuzzy right down to your toes. Seriously good! My breakfast beans and avocado came with the most generous side of haloumi I’ve had, with the dining experience leaving a big smile on my face!

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Drinks

Post Street Social – Gather your friends, head down to the waterfront and settle into this bright new space. PSS has taken up residence in place of a former lounge bar down on the wharf and offers up inviting décor, friendly bar staff and plenty of space to hang out. Indoors is incredibly inviting during the colder months, with a gorgeous open fireplace at one end and heating throughout. While the deck offers up views out over the water and heaters for those crisp afternoons and evenings.  With a great range of beer, wine and spirits, including some Tasmanian favourites, they also offer up a pretty impressive cocktail list. Under the premise that food is meant to be shared, their menu features plates of delicious dishes can be devoured over catch ups and conversations.

Cellar Door, Lark Distillery – Rustic textures, wooden cabinets and shelves lined with liquor fill this warm and welcoming space. Together with some of the friendliest, most knowledgeable staff I’ve met! Lark Cellar Door and Whiskey Bar offers up Tasmania’s finest whiskey and other distilled spirits, with more than 150 premium malt whiskies at the bar. Their tasting flights is very reasonably priced and the three Lark whiskies we tasted offered such a variety of flavours (including one pretty incredible 52%-er). Should whiskey not really be your thing, Cellar Door also has a range of Tassie beers, wine and cider on offer along with great coffees and cheese platters.

The Glass House – Known as Hobart’s floating bar/the place at the end of the pier, the Glass House offers elegance and refined style right on the waterfront. 280 degree water views across Sullivans Cove and beyond, this space is where you go to enjoy fine Tassie cocktails, wine and whiskey in style. With cosy seated alcoves, a large copper bar and front deck over the water, picking the perfect spot to soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the fare in isn’t hard with so many great options on offer. The bar staff are incredibly attentive, bursting with knowledge and know how to make a mean cocktail! Being out on Brooke Street Pier, having the name Brooke myself and being a big lover of gin it was only fitting I tried their Brooke Street Fizz – it was light and crisp and so delicious! It would be the perfect cocktail to sit out on the deck, sipping it back on a balmy summers evening. I might just have to go back…

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