An Insider’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in North Hobart

We all know Hobart is a great food and tipple experience, but Salamanca often gets all the cred. As a true blue North Hobart local, I thought I’d do a little list of the seriously yummy places that are  around my side of town.  This list is not all inclusive of the places on offer, but some good picks of the bunch.

The Fluke and Bruce is an old favourite of mine. They specialise in good times. If you’re into big tasty burgers or outrageously delicious bean burritos with a fun and cosy vibe on the side, then this is your joint. It’s opposite the old Mercury building in the city and has a pool table and dart board. Most importantly, it has lots of Tassie beers on tap and super friendly staff who will let you try them before you commit!

12 – late. Mon – Sat. $$*

A 6 minute walk from here is the Quartermaster Arms, on Elizabeth Street. This place is rolling in atmosphere. The guy who owns it, Stu, is as charismatic as they come and knows everything about wine and beer, spirits and food. He is a walking food and wine dictionary and will make you feel right at home. The candlelit tall bar or the hipster seats out the front are built for Instragramming your night away. The food varies as it specialises in ‘locivore’, but the quality is consistently excellent. Try the wallaby with organic spuds and a glass of pinot on the side (before a boogie upstairs).  

12 – late. Open most days. $ – $$$

If you wander further up the strip towards North Hobart – or NoHo as it has somehow been named – you will find a melting pot of deliciousness. On the right is Sons of Baja, who have finally nailed Mexican in Hobart. The flavours of the food are genuinely sensational and the cocktails are dangerously moreish. This place is perfect for a warm day – the windows open all the way up to watch the world go by. Super friendly service and great for a big group of people, but get there early as it gets packed, for good reasons!

12 – late $ – $$$

A little hop across the road and you’ll land inside Room for a Pony. Just so good. You can trust the food to be very tasty, the same goes for the chai tea and coffee. Friendly service and they allow dogs! Of an evening the bar is a great catch up spot whether you want to sit outside and watch the world go by, or pop inside ‘n’ keep cosy. Pretty fun Sunday session.

Early – late. 7 days. $$ – $$$

Go to Berta. It does the best breakfast. Ever. The Mexican beans are wildly good, as is the coffee to accompany it. Cosy café inside, but here’s a little secret, head right down the back and you will find a little courtyard with lots of plants and comfy chairs. Great for a recovery session or old-fashioned catch up. Service can be a bit slow, and they absolutely do not split bills. This hiccup is made up for by the food that will leave you wanting to come back time and time again. Get in early because this place is always busy, for good reason.

8 – late arvo. 7 days. $$ – $$$

Nip across the road to Capital. These guys just know how to run a restaurant. Service is impeccable, as is the wine list. Big selection of Italian goodies to tempt your tastebuds. Do as the Italians do and sit out the front and watch the world go by. Glass of vino or espresso essential. Bit on the costly side, but hey, if you want a taste of Italy then this is your place. Just bellissimo.

11:30 – late. $$$

Pancho Villa has also nailed Mexican. The interior is lavish. And I mean, lavish. This spot would be absolutely perfect for a first date. The food is delicious (try the tacos), however serving sizes aren’t huge and it’s a bit on the exxy side for us students. Great for a special occasion, graduation dinner, anyone?

5:30 – 10:30. $$$

For those who love their wine, go to Willing Bros. Extensive wine list and a menu that’s always changing. Perfect pre dinner spot.

Tues – Sun. 3 – late. $$$

For those who love their beer, go to the Winston. So many beers on tap it’s not funny. Last time I had the watermelon lager?! A solid local and good big crew hangout. There is a pool table and occasional live music, they do great American grub.

4 – late. $$

*$ = $5 – $20, $$ = $20 – 35, $$$ = $35 – beyond!


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