Then came the convicts. Convict probation stations were installed all over the island while prisoners were forced to build towns, roads and clear lands for agriculture under the direction of inhospitable guards. Convicts would escape to become bushrangers in the wilds of mainland Tasmania. Then the economy exploded with the discovery of precious metals and timber while whalers harvested Right Whales to near extinction.
What does all of this have to do with pubs and bars? Well, to understand Tasmania's hearty pub culture, you need to understand its history. Only the bravest and most intrepid souls dared to settle in early Tasmania. Miners, prison guards, bushrangers and forresters established the early rough-and-tumble pub life. So belly up to the bar at one of Tasmania's historic pubs to imagine grabbing a pint with the thick, leathery hand of an early Tasmanian. Then literally drink in the history. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Adrian Cook.The pubs of the early settlers have given way to sophisticated city bars and clubs. You'll find classy drinking establishments in Tasmania's biggest cities -- Hobart, Launceston and Devonport -- as well as abundant nightlife. Hobart has seen a dramatic increase in restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs over the last few years, so don't listen to anybody who says that Tasmania is "quiet." Show them up with some social media nightlife pictures during your trip. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy.
But what most non-Aussies don't understand is that many of these pubs have their own accommodation. In fact, when you hear somebody saying the term "hotel," it usually means a pub that serves up hearty meals and offers up rooms for hire. So don't worry about drink driving and grab as many pints as you'd like while making friends, because there's a warm bed waiting for you in the country pub itself.