Tasmania is fast becoming mainland Australia’s get-away-from-it-all weekend retreat, and Hobart is where the majority head for. Forty years ago, as Australia cultivated its tourist industry, it seemed the island of Tasmania would become the island time forgot. Thankfully, over the last decade and a half, things have changed.
Tasmania’s unique history, its landscape, its abundant seafood, its variety of locally grown produce and naturally reared livestock, were already well known amongst visiting mainlanders. However, when the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and its many controversial exhibits opened in 2011, the island began to draw visitors with an interest in its unique culture from across Australia and beyond.
Since then, old colonial buildings have morphed into world class restaurants, providing gourmet places to eat in Hobart Tasmania. Designer stores, trendy wine bars and coffee shops, rub shoulders along the waterfront with the island’s buzzing craft beer pubs. On the water, ocean going yachts and weekend dinghies vie for space with working fishing boats and charter craft. Tasmania’s tourist industry has come of age.
Places to eat in Hobart TasmaniA
There are great places for eating out in Hobart, but on at least one occasion, start your evening off with a meal at the fabulous Stockmans Restaurant. Part of the Old Woolstore Apartment hotel, the restaurant is open to the public. Stockmans[OS1] [YA2] restaurant is contemporarily decorated to contrast with its historic architecture.
The restaurant offers a comprehensive menu, with vegetarian and gluten-free meals, and vegetarian and gluten-free options. Fresh salads and vegetables compliment meat and seafood dishes. Enjoy Tasmanian steaks grilled to your taste, or the freshly landed seafood with a crispy salad. Orspoil yourself with a delicious dessert inspired by the seasons. Pre-booking is required.
Best bars in Hobart Tasmania
An evening out wouldn’t be an evening out, without visiting some of the best bars in Hobart Tasmania. Award winning whiskies; red, white and rosé wines from local vineyards, and Tasmanian craft beers to suit discerning palates, you’ll find them all in the pubs and bars around Salamanca Place.
Enjoy a pre-drink in the Old Woolstore’s Baaa Bar before hitting the Hobart night life! After this, call into The Den, at Salamanca Place, and begin your evening with one of their unique cocktails, or a pint of genuine locally crafted beer. It’s a great bar, with an atmosphere ideally suited to start the evening off right. Preachers Bar in Knopwood Street is the ideal ‘start as you mean to go on’ venue. This quirky, trendy, funky fun bar with a hodgepodge of lounge seating, amusing signs and a beer garden that sports an old bus full of tables and chairs will get you into party mode. If you’re perusing the city centre, call into the Brunswick Hotel Bar. Casual, friendly staff and a well-stocked cellar make it popular both midweek and weekends. If your tipple is a little something on the rocks, call into the Lark Cellar Door and Whisky Bar, on Hobart’s waterfront. A great place to sample a dram of Tasmania’s finest single malt, or one of the other 150 malt whiskies available off the shelf.
Wherever you choose to stay in this historic city, you will never be far from some of the best places for eating out in Hobart, and some of the best bars in Hobart Tasmania to enjoy a little aperitif, or a last nightcap, to round off an evening to remember.
Yep, you better believe it, Christmas is just around the corner. We have come to that time of year where we all sit back and say, ‘gosh this year has flown’, even though we have rotated the sun the same number of times as we have for millions of years. Nonetheless, Christmas does seem to creep up and those last-minute dashes to organise Christmas functions that ‘we should have organised months ago’ are in full flight.
Fear not, we are here to help!
Our fun Festive Packages have been designed to take the stress out of organising your end of year function in Hobart and will ensure you have sorted your event before the boss asks what are we doing for Christmas? Our events team are ready and available to assist in any way we can!
Cocktail Christmas Party
1.5 hour Cocktail package
$52.50 per person | minimum 20 guests
Complimentary festive cocktail on arrival
Tasmanian beverage package
3 Christmas canapes with your selection of 4 hot/cold canapes
Decorated Christmas tree & festive centerpieces
Christmas bonbon for each guest
Festive music playlist
For enquiries, please contact our events team on
p: 03 6235 5355
or fill out an event enquiry form here!
Live a bit out of town or don’t want to have to worry about driving afterwards? Funnily enough, we are a hotel not just an event venue! So, if you decide to have a couple more than you planned, or you just want to make a night of it, let us know and we can look to organise accommodation for you!*
If you seek a cocktail or dinner package not related to Christmas, we can certainly help you out. Feel free to visit our Plan an Event page to see our event spaces or have a chat to our events team and they can talk you through all we have on offer!
*subject to availability
The blossom trees are blooming and the days are growing longer, it must be Spring!
We are exciting about the coming seasons and although we love the beautifully snowy Winters in Tassie, it is nice to feel some warmth in the air!
As it warms up we start to move away from 'comfort' foods and into lighter, fresher meals which is why we have now launched our Spring menu in Stockmans Restaurant. Filled with salads and lighter options to those we feast on in Winter, our Spring menu is available every evening!
Stockmans is open from 6.00 pm to 9.30 pm daily. Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning (03) 6235 5355.
There is a feeling of that good ol’ fashioned Aussie spirit at the moment with the nation coming together to support local Australian farmers who are struggling in a time of drought.
Farmers in New South Wales and Queensland have been the hardest hit with reports stating we are seeing the worst drought in living memory. At the moment, 98 per cent of NSW and almost two-thirds of Queensland is either in drought or is drought affected, with farmers in parts of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia also suffering.
It is devastating to see so many farmers hit hard by Mother Nature’s fury but it is also amazing to see the support from fellow Australian’s to dig deep and help out!
If we could make it rain, we would but unfortunately the weather is out of our control (apparently our rain dances only bring rain to Tassie ?). So, in support of Rural Aide we are joining the ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign by the way of the Parma for a Farmer initiative. For every Chicken Parmigiana sold in our Stockmans Restaurant during the month of September we will donate $1 towards buying a bale of hay to help feed the farmer's livestock.
A little bit can go a long way, so if you wish to support our Aussie farmers, dig in and treat yourself to a good ol’ chicken parmy!
If you wish to donate further to Rural Aide, please visit their website: https://www.ruralaid.org.au/
We are delighted to have raised $370.00 to parma for a farmer! This money has gone toward buying multiple hay bales for drought affected farmers!