The Share Plate Guide to... Launceston Small Bars
In the centre of Launceston's close-knit streets, you're now spoilt for choice with a selection of great spots to have a drink (or six). Multiple small bars offer unique cocktails and stock loads of local brands - here are a few of our favourites.
This article is produced by Share Plate in partnership with Tourism Northern Tasmania. If you're curious about more places to Eat and Drink, head to the TNT website to build your itinerary.
Saint John Craft Beer Bar
With fourteen taps showcasing Aussie and international beer, Saint John Craft Beer Bar would already be enough of a pull for many beer lovers - but it's the atmosphere and their commitment to Tasmanian brewers that sets them apart. Also a distributor for brews such as Ocho, Seven Sheds, Fox Friday and Devils, the range is impressive and the service is relaxed - so relaxed, you may as well be at a mate's place sampling the new homebrew. Small snacks and burgers out the back mean you can grab a bite to eat if you need to, and the option to take-away is vast! Nearly 200 options are stocked.
- We published a story on Ocho Beer in our Northern Tasmania issue, so of course we're going to recommend you try the latest output from their creator Stu
Open Mondays to Saturdays 12pm–late and Sundays 2pm–late at 133 Saint John Street.
Geronimo Aperitivo Bar & Restaurant
A mix of local and European influence marks Geronimo as a great option. The food is heavy with local suppliers, meaning constant changes to the dishes - balanced again constants such as nibbles and wood-fire pizzas. What's interesting about Geronimo is how they fuse the European touches with Australian ingredients, especially on the cocktail list. If you have a favourite order, they have a slightly left-of-centre option which elevates the drink. The staff are attentive and always on hand to guide, so you can focus on the best part - relaxing back, glass in hand.
- Their Ausgroni is the Aussie bush in a glass, nicely bringing native ingredients into the mix
Open Mondays to Thursdays 5pm–late, Fridays 3pm–late, 8am–late on Saturdays and Sundays at 186 Charles St.
A tiny wine bar with a big wine list, the number of pinot noirs on the books at Bar Two runs past 50 - and that's just the one variety. A heavy focus on local gin adds an extra dimension, and with local Tasmanian cheeses part of the small plate menu, the cosy nook is sure to attract a devoted following. Owner Nate and his wife Fatin have put together a neighbourhood local that is warm and welcoming - perfect both if you live a street away or in town just for a night.
- Ask Nate to recommend a local drop
Open 4pm–10pm Mondays and Tuesdays, 4pm–11pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2pm–midnight Fridays and Saturdays at 47A Brisbane St.
The hanging garden above your head might be fake but the food and drink at Bakers Lane is anything but - this is a joint to rival any laneway bar in Melbourne. Vegan nights cater to those who prefer to go meat-free, otherwise the menu nods to dude food with mac'n'cheese balls, buffalo cauliflower bites, po'boys and fried chicken. A top spot to chill for a few hours, especially as they're open a bit later than most around town.
- The rotating cocktail specials are inventive - and they have a haloumi burger on the new menu. Need we say more.
Open 4.30pm–11pm Wednesdays, 4.30pm–10pm Thursdays and Sundays, 4.30pm–3am Fridays and Saturdays at 81 York St.
The Grumpy Piper
Kent Fisher and Natalie Bell wanted to bring something different to Launceston - so they opened a whiskey small bar, complete with a bagpipe museum, the only of it's kind in Australia. Walking into the Grumpy Piper it's hard not to be impressed at the sheer selection of nearly 300 whiskies available to try, with a healthy representation of Tasmania's own on display. Boilermaker specials are common, pairing a quality dram (that's a shot you sip, btw) with an interesting beer (not to be dunked and sculled, we're classier than that). There is a selection of gin, rum, beer, mead, vodka and more too - but really, wouldn't you rather sit down to a single malt?
- We love Tassie brands - lean into local drop Hellyers, or try a dram from Adams Distillery: it'll cost a pretty penny but they are producing world class whiskey
Open 7am-3pm weekdays, 8am-3pm Saturdays and 8am-2pm Sundays at 17 Paterson St.
A showcase for Tassie whiskeys and wines, Kingsway is named for the laneway where it resides. Low lighting and a slightly industrial fitout give the spot a good vibe and the staff behind the bar are ace. A top option for either a quick pop-in while wandering round town, or settling in for the night sampling local tastes, it's another good example of how Launceston has built a thriving small bar culture where each location has it's own individual flavour.
- These guys stock the Share Plate team's favourite Tassie gin - Poltergeist from Shene Distillery. Order on ice - or ask them to whip up a cocktail using it - and prepare to be amazed.
Open 5pm–midnight, Wednesdays to Saturdays at 33 Kingsway.
See more of our favourites inside our Northern Tasmania issue, covering from Stanley in the northwest to the Bay of Fires in the east, through Burnie, Devonport and Launceston. We've jam packed 116 pages to bring you stories of our favourite eateries, farms, producers, wine, beer, spirits and social enterprises! Purchase here:
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