Pubs and Bars

Where to drink and meet the locals.

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

Pub in the Paddock located at Pyengana, north east Tasmania.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne

MONA - The Void Bar and Theatrette entry
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

MACq01 - The Story Bar
Image thanks to: Adam Gibson

Pancho Villa Restaurant and Bar
Image thanks to: Dale Baldwin

Mole Creek Hotel and the world famous Tassie Tiger Bar full of artifacts, information and memorabilia on the Tasmanian Tiger.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Adrian Cook

The Void Bar at MONA

The Old Hobart Walking Tour - Discover the early history and lifestyle of Hobart and the many fascinating characters and stories of the time.

Pubs and Bars

History

Mole Creek Hotel and Tassie Tiger Bar, Tasmania, AustraliaIn the very beginning, Tasmania was a veiled enigma. In 1773, Captain Tobias Funeaux sailed by the island at night to witness an abundance of Aboriginal beach bonfires. It became known as the Bay of Fires after he mistakenly appraised a high population for the island. Little did he know that Tasmania was covered in thick bush, thinly settled and was nearly impenetrable to exploration.

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.

Big City Bars

MONA - The Void Bar and Theatrette entry, Tasmania, AustraliaThe 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.

Craft Breweries and Cider Makers

Willie Smiths Organic Apple Cider, Tasmania, AustraliaThe craft brewer’s scene has swept across the planet. You’ll find plenty of craft breweries in Tasmania’s largest cities, as well as craft cider makers. Many of the orchards for these cider makers can be found down in the Huon River Valley south of Hobart, but you can always ask for a fresh pour of one of their libations at any brewpub worth their salt. Imagethanks to Tourism Tasmania & Andrew McIntosh.

Country Pubs (and Accommodation)

Pub in the Paddock, Tasmania, AustraliaTasmanians tell great stories, so grab a pool cue and challenge a local to a game while playing some oldies on the jukebox in a country pub. You’ll make friends fast as you hear people tell their tales over a pint or two and it all makes for a wicked night out. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne.

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.

What to do

Pubs and Bars

Old Hobart Pub Tour

Join your local Tasmanian guide on an exciting journey through 200 alcohol-soaked years of enterprise, hardship and hilarious tales and stories at some of our old waterfront taverns, pubs and bars.

Enjoy a drink (your own purchase, no obligation) as you learn of Hobart’s underbelly through stories of pubs, brothels, smugglers, convicts and some rip-roaring Tasmanian characters who played an unforgettable part in the murky yet fascinating history of Hobart.

This tour is not only for guests who fancy a drink along the way. There’s no obligation to buy a drink at any of the pubs we visit.  It’s up to you to decide if you would like to quench your thirst as you listen to your friendly guide interpret stories of old Hobart town…

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AU$33

AU$33

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Red Decker 48 hour City Loop + Cascade Brewery

Hobart

Join the City Loop bus bound for Australia's oldest brewery, Cascade Brewery, for a thirst quenching tour. Explore the brewing process, heritage gardens and historic buildings, finishing with product tastings.

AU$65

Jump-on Jump-off bus

AU$65

Jump-on Jump-off bus

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kunanyi/Mt. Wellington Summit + Cascade

Enjoy a morning or afternoon kunanyi / Mt. Wellington summit tour. 1,272m above sea level, the views & photos are incredible. Visit Australia's oldest brewery and hear stories of past times. Enjoy coffee at the Springs or a Beer at Cascade.

AU$55

AU$55

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Drink Tasmania Signature Full Day Tour

Our Signature Tour allows you to sample the finest of Tasmania's whisky, wine, beer and cider all in one fabulous day. Designed to experience the best of Tasmania's award-winning craft beverages.

AU$199

AU$199

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Hobart Beer Tour - Yeast & Yarn - Half Day

Visit 3 breweries, sample craft beer, learn first hand of the beer making process, here stories of Tasmania's beer history. Guided by local, qualified guides who care about Tasmania and what they do.

AU$55

AU$55

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Hobart Beer Tour - Yeast & Yarn

Sample craft beer from local favourites, learn first hand of the beer making process, tasty lunch included, here stories of Tasmania's beer history. Guided by local, qualified guides who care about Tasmania and what they do.

AU$125

AU$125

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Whisky & Beer Half Day Tour

Our Whisky & Beer Half Day Tour offers guests the chance to experience global award-winning Tasmanian distilleries and the best of our emerging craft brewers all in an afternoon. This is the afternoon half of our Signature Tour.

AU$149

AU$149

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Tasmanian Beer Tour - Day Tour

Hobart

Experience 4 of Tasmania's best breweries, from meeting the head-brewer to pouring your own beers, you'll get the full inside story, taste in-progress beers direct from the tanks and enjoy the finished beers with the folks who made them.

AU$129

1 Day Tour

AU$129

1 Day Tour

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Willie Smith's Distillery Experience

Spend 1.5 hours with Willie Smith's distiller in the still room and learn about the French art of cider distillation using Australia's only Charentais Alembic Still. Enjoy a guided tasting of Charles Oates apple spirits with matched food.

AU$95

AU$95

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