Eat + Drink

In the diary of Reverend Knopwood, Tasmania’s first Chaplain, he recorded that when he dined with his friends on 10th Oct, 1804, the “piece de resistance” was emu, which he considered to be “very excellent”. For centuries before that, Tasmanian Aboriginal men hunted forrester kangaroos, the women skillfully targeted seals and dived for abalone and crayfish. Gathered around the fire, food was shared, seasoned with songs and stories. Tasmania’s menus have changed dramatically over the years, but one thing remains the same… food is better when shared with friends.

Old Wharf Restaurant

Led by Head Chef Simon Pockran, locally sourced ingredients are delivered in a menu that hinges on Tasmania’s pure produce.

Saturday Breakfast: 6:30am – 10:30am
Sunday Brunch: 6:30am – 12noon
Friday & Saturday Dinner: 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Call 03 6210 7602 to make a booking.

The Story Bar

The Story Bar is inspired by the egalitarian nature of Tasmanian society, where class divisions are less obvious. With this in mind, our bar team offer everything from draught beer to the finest wine and spirits in an enigmatic watering hole, adorned with newspaper headlines from decades past.

To truly understand Tasmania, one must know its people and how they interact – The Story Bar makes for an iconic backdrop for both locals and visitors alike.

Evolve Spirits Bar

Humans have long tried to understand our world, explaining its complexities through theories of spirituality, biology, geography and astronomy. This insatiable thirst for understanding fuelled a period of unprecedented discovery during the 1800s with the mapping of our globe, the industrial revolution and the collection of countless botanical, zoological and geological artefacts. Our minds expanded with curiosity as mysterious fossils were uncovered; answering some questions, but presenting thousands more. And just as palaeontologists have captured our imagination with incredible beasts from centuries past, so too have the world’s master distillers by hand-crafting the finest spirits through alchemy of earth’s elements. Such spirits are capable of explaining the complexities of our world and are celebrated, wholeheartedly, at Evolve Spirits Bar.

Evolve Spirits Bar was thrilled to take out Tasmania’s Best Bar and Australia’s Best Hotel Bar at the Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards in September 2019.


The Lounge is our special place – its open fire is our storytelling nucleus. A local stonemason crafted the fireplace with shared stories in mind. A pre-dinner crisp white with Pacific oysters often encourages fables to flow. The Lounge is trimmed with artefacts representative of the traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal toolkit and all have been made by Aboriginal people today, proudly decendant of the First Tasmanians.

Room Service

We understand that some meals are best enjoyed within your own private walls – particularly when you can’t put down your favourite book. We provide 24 hour Room Service, so that our in-house restaurant can come to you, with a bountiful breakfast menu for lazy mornings and an à la carte menu for intimate evenings.

Nearby Eateries

We are surrounded by the capital’s best restaurants and bars. Our café culture is humming too – follow the trail of city workers on their morning pilgrimage to Hobart’s best brews. The sandstone warehouses of Salamanca Place whir with busy baristas. Enjoy a specialty coffee at Bright Eyes on the way to MONA or watch the world go by at Jam Packed Cafe.

Come nightfall, waterfront dining options are plentiful. Pull a chair up to South American-inspired plates at Frank, stay nearby and find out why our closest restaurant is named Peacock and Jones or surround yourself in iconic John Glover artwork at Landscape Restaurant & Grill.

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