Skip to main content

Hobart: Shipwright's Arms Hotel, Jack Greene

Aside from MONA, two areas of Hobart that people kept recommending were Battery Point and Salamanca. Since we were staying in the CBD within walking distance from both, we were easily able to check them out.

On our first night in Hobart (after the exhausting but illustrious start to our trip - and a two-hour nanna nap!), we decided to check out the Shipwright's Arms Hotel in Battery Point, or "Shippies", as it's known to locals. A traditional-style pub, Shippies is best known for its link to the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race: it has long been a favourite with crew members and spectators alike.

Sadly, it was too dark outside and too packed inside for me to get many decent photos. The front bar is very old-school, with a wooden centre bar, brick walls, sporting paraphernalia and TV screens - and, when we entered, it appeared to be men-only. (Had we unwittingly stepped into the nineteenth century?! Should we have worn our bonnets and corsets, and carried emergency smelling salts?) On querying this, we realised we'd walked into an annual convention of Tasmanian regional farmers: a long [liquid] lunch held on the shortest day of the year. Needless to say, it was very easy for two city gals to make friends that night.

The pub also offers accommodation upstairs, and out the back is a large bistro and a pleasant-looking courtyard. We refuelled with some delicious Tasmanian wine and creamy seafood chowder, served with warm, crusty bread and herb butter (nom).

The following night, we wandered down to Salamanca Place, site of the famous Salamanca Market held every Saturday. The harbourside strip also boasts an array of popular drinking holes and eateries, one of which is Jack Greene, a masculine two-storey bar with lots of wood, moody dark corners and good music.

We found a table on the slightly-quieter upstairs level. It was decked out in a funky rustic design, complete with chunky wood, stone and iron fittings, a (working) fireplace, fancy upholstered chairs, books, candles, bottles, and taxidermy displays (sorry, animal activists).

The food was unfortunately not awesome: my housie had a burger, and I had a Caesar salad. We didn't feel like anything complicated, but honestly, these are not hard dishes to master.

Nevertheless, we ate them, and it was still a pleasant evening, mainly due to the surrounds and later, live music floating upstairs from the ground level.


A little harbourside stroll took us back to the hotel, and, being a complete SUCKER for fairy lights, I couldn't help but take a photographic record.


Next up... Historic Richmond.

Shipwright's Arms Hotel on Urbanspoon

Jack Greene Bar on Urbanspoon

Popular posts from this blog

The Lui Bar

In my opinion, some places are simply better experienced than described. This post features many photos which hardly do The Lui Bar (Level 55, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne) justice, because no matter how many pictures I show you or words I write about it, there is just nothing like viewing Melbourne from 55 floors up, handcrafted cocktail in hand, listening to jazz.

The Lui Bar stems off Shannon Bennett's revered restaurant Vue De Monde, the degustation meal of which is absolutely on my bucket list. The restaurant was moved to the Rialto site in 2011, and its adjoining bar has also been making waves ever since.

Iconic in location, the venue not only occupies the top level of what was, in 1986, the tallest building in Melbourne and the Southern Hemisphere at 251 metres, but offers spectacular city views of up to 60 kilometres on a clear day. Even the Eureka Tower, currently Melbourne's tallest building at 297.3 metres, looks smaller from the Rialto's former …

Steak Night and Pub Meal Specials

Want Melbourne Patron blog posts delivered straight to your inbox? Click on the "Subscribe" button at the top of this page and follow the simple instructions. Magic!

I am a sucker for a good steak, and lately, what with moving house and all the extra expenses that incurs, I've been on the lookout for great pub specials such as steak nights. I've been keeping a list on my phone of some of the deals I've found at venues around my home and work (mostly in the CBD, Fitzroy/Collingwood, Richmond/Abbotsford, South Yarra/Prahran/Windsor, South Melbourne) - and there are lots, so please note I haven't tried them all. Several of my friends have asked me to send them a copy of the list - so I figure this way, I can share it with everybody who might be interested!

PLEASE NOTE: This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the pub specials in Melbourne (there are many websites for that already!), nor is it necessarily current. I will do my best to keep it up-to-date - if…


Want Melbourne Patron blog posts delivered straight to your inbox? Click the "Subscribe" button at the top of this page and follow the simple instructions. Magic!

Hana Restaurant A seafood tribute to Hawaii in Melbourne - with cocktails 
One day in the middle of Melbourne winter, I went looking for Hairy Canary. I remembered a long, dark venue with cocktails, somewhere on Lt Collins. In its place, I found Hana (212 Lt Collins Street, Melbourne), a new restaurant I'd read about but hadn't realised it had replaced the long-standing Canary.

I was intrigued, because HALLELUJAH, here was a new restaurant in Melbourne that was NOT yet another fried/slow-cooked/smoked/overdone tribute to Americana. Though technically still American, Hana celebrates and proffers the exotic flavours of Hawaii. Which basically means a lot of fish. Which is good. Because fish is good for you. And delicious.

So anyway, cut forward a few weeks to when my equally-foodie-friend is in town from Sydn…