Adam Gibson
Adam Gibson
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Where to get a ‘quiet little drink’ in Tasmania

Kim Millar
After the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in 1969, two sailors wandered into a Hobart pub for a 'quiet little get-together’ and ordered 200 beers! The spirit of the Quiet Little Drink lives on nearly 50 years later. Here’s our guide to the best places to get a quiet little drink in Tasmania.

Hobart CBD

The Hobart Race Village is the ultimate Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race celebration location with a true party atmosphere.
Not far away is the historic Shipwrights Arms in Battery Point (or ‘Shippies’ as its known) where the ‘Quiet Little Drink’ tradition began.

people sitting and drinking with yachts in the background
Mitch Osborne
Hobart Race Village

The nearby Cascade Brewery is located at the foot of picturesque kunanyi / Mount Wellington. Established in 1824, it’s Australia’s oldest operating brewery. Try Australia’s longest continuously brewed beer, Cascade Pale Ale, then end the day with a nightcap at Lark Cellar Door and Whisky Bar on Hobart’s waterfront.

Huon Valley

Stop at Frank’s Cider, Pagan Cider Cellar Door or Willie Smiths Apple Shed where you’ll also want to try their pork braised in cider and a wedge of their famed apple pie. Go a little left of centre at Hartshorn Distillery in Birchs Bay, to try the world’s best vodka (World Vodka Awards 2018) made with sheep whey from the onsite cheesery.

three people sitting on armchair surrounded by sheep
Rob Burnett
Hartshorn Distillery

Bruny Island

Wrap your lips around an oyster at Get Shucked, tempt the palate with a cheese tasting at Bruny Island Cheese Co or enjoy an award-winning single malt at Bruny Island House of Whisky.

a couple at a whisky tasting
Rob Burnett
Sample a local single malt


Just 40 minutes north of Hobart, hear the stories of Tasmania’s colourful past at the historic Shene Estate & Distillery over a whisky or gin. A bit further up the Heritage Highway is Old Kempton Distillery. Learn of convict and bushranger days with a tipple at this former grand coaching inn.

three ladies sampling gin at a cellar door
Samuel Shelley
A quiet place for a quiet little tasting

Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Peninsula boasts Australia’s southern-most whisky distillery, McHenry Distillery. Master distiller Bill McHenry produces a charming old English-style sloe gin. Or enjoy a local wine overlooking the famous Port Arthur Historic Site at 1830 Restaurant and Bar.

A group of people enjoying a whisky and gin tasting sitting on the deck of an old cottage
Alice Hansen
McHenry Distillery

Derwent Valley

The Agrarian Kitchen & Eatery in New Norfolk provides a true paddock to plate experience, while larger than life Ashley at, at the aptly named Two Metre Tall Farmhouse brews one-of-a-kind ales, ciders and even mead from his paddock. Fifth generation winemaker Stefano Lubiana runs the family owned estate Stefano Lubiana Wines at the foothills of the Derwent Valley estuary.

interior of restaurant with people sitting at tables and wait staff serving food
Adam Gibson
Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store

East Coast

Taste just-shucked oysters at the Melshell Oyster Shack and pair with a bottle of BYO wine from one of the many local vineyards. At Devil’s Corner Cellar in Apslawn you can sit out on the deck and take in the panoramic views of the Hazards and Freycinet Peninsula over a basket of fine fish and chips or wood-fired pizza.

Launceston and the north

Drop in to Clover Hill Wines for some bubbles on the drive to Launceston and once in the city, step inside the historic Boag’s Brewery for a fully guided tour and tasting. Finish the day at Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant or dine at the countless options of dining experiences the city has to offer.

waitress serving on deck at vineyard
Supplied courtesy of Clover Hill Cellar Door
Clover Hill Cellar Door

North West

The Tasmanian Food & Wine Conservatory café and providore near Latrobe stocks 100% Tasmanian produce. The Southern Wild Distillery in Devonport is a new distillery, serving up premium gin, whisky and liqueurs.

Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park

Pumphouse Point is a restored industrial building retreat on the edge of Lake St Clair, where you can have a full wilderness experience. Enjoy a shared-table dining experience or grab a drink from the self-serve honesty bar and relax on the flume.

A lady sitting on a rug next a fire reading a book
Jarrad Seng
The Retreat, Pumphouse Point

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