Feel Like a Kid Again at Hobart’s Funnest Bars

When you’re looking for laughter and good times, you can’t go wrong with a board game or two. That’s why we’ve found five totally awesome bars that rule in the board game/trivia night department. Have fun!

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Jam Jar Lounge

Battery Point

Known for its tasty jaffles and ‘20s Jazz-style Fridays, Jam Jar is always a brilliant place to end up. It functions as both a foodie cafe and a wine bar, and features several distinct areas in which to settle in for a nice time. The Japanese chef is chef is seriously good at his job (you have to try his curry) and there’s a comprehensive stack of board games at which to beat your mates. Fun times!

“This cottage has several dining rooms, with comfortable lounge area’s, al fresco out front, with a very private sunny courtyard at the rear, plus the Jam Jar Shed!. Great fire place for cosy winter dining. Ambience plus. The decor is retro style with lots of black. he Food, exceptional preparation and presentation.” – Trev Scott


Battery Point

We’re still not quite sure how Preachers got a bus in their garden, but we’re happy to leave it as one of life’s mysteries, especially when there are much more delicious things to think about (like their tapas and craft ale). It’s also a fantastic place to play bingo in, which you can do every Tuesday night from 7pm. Good times all around!

“Fun, young, cozy Hobart bar with a great range of local beers on tap, tasty local wine list (love how almost all the drinks are Tasmanian!) and a bus outside in the garden. Yes a bus. You can play bingo in it some nights too – how fun.”

Brunswick Hotel


The good old Brunswick Hotel has been knocking around since all the way back in 1827, so it’s safe to assume it’s been doing something right. It’s known for having the best parmy range in town (even a vegetarian one), as well its attentive, genuinely friendly staff. Monday night is trivia night, so brush up on obscure facts, round up your buddies and head down for a highly enjoyable evening.

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Wrest Point

Sandy Bay

Wrest Point is synonymous with beautiful views and massive portions, which are two things we very much appreciate. The Loft Bistro, located right in the middle of the complex, takes the best in fresh Tasmanian produce and transforms it into sumptuous treats, with enough choice to keep everyone happy. Stop by Tuesday nights for trivia and complimentary glass of beer or wine with every meal!

“Fantastic views of the water and mountains with great seafood and an atmospheric old-style casino, make this a great place to stay in Hobart.” – starwoman8

The Brisbane Hotel


Still flying the flag for Hobart’s fading ‘sticky floors and sweaty gigs’ scene, The Brisbane is a bastion of lived-in charm and cutting-edge music. The food is an interesting mix of classic pub staples and Tex-Mex surprises, and even some interesting vegan options. There’s good stuff happening most days (including pool and foosball), and you don’t want to miss out on Sunday bingo. It’s always memorable, to say the least!

 “This Pub is the closest thing to a punk/grunge ethic Hobart has to offer. Still carrying the vestiges of its tradie barfly history (like cracked high stools and sticky floors) this place is where you go to see new music, loud bands, forest benefits, quirky circus or roller derby chicks. The bar side has pool tables/foosball DJ box, some couches and mini-dance floor. A much loved grungy local favorite.” – MoonahMum


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