Hobart’s weather in winter can be a bit of a drag. But that’s no reason to hibernate! We’ve found the best date spots around town that will really heat up your love life.
For a relaxed, casual date this winter, take that special someone to the Cascade Brewery. Sure it might sound a bit bromance-ish, but this brewery will surprise you. The Heritage Tour shows you around the areas surrounding the brewery, introducing you to its rich history and the colourful characters that made the place so successful. What’s even better is that the tours include tastings so you can sample some of Hobart’s best. Sharing a beer with your loved one? You really can’t beat that.
“Great beer, very good tour, highly recommended” – JimmyJ5
Cosy up on a cold winter’s evening at Grape Food and Wine. This cute wine bar offers refuge from the harsh Hobart winter weather with a carefully selected menu of tapas and food offerings (perfect for sharing), extensive wine list, and creative cocktails, as well as DJs and live music. The warm and friendly atmosphere creates the perfect spot for a low-key date or as a place to meet up before heading out to the Salamanca Markets or Battery Point fine dining.
“Cellar in Salamanca” Your eyes will be wide open on entry: With low beam ceilings, all walls lined with a staggering selection of wines, industrial style furniture, good live music in the back ground, with a menu that will challenge your palette, creating an inviting, relaxing wine cellar ambience. We ate Tapas style. With Tasmanian Wines, all very enjoyable.” – Trev Scott
Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs
Feel like going for a road trip? Grab your date and a mix tape (that you made just for them) and head about an hour and a half south of Hobart for a romantic winter road trip date to the Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs. Spend the day walking underground through majestic caves and, if it’s not too chilly, indulge in a perfect picnic at the thermal springs, before taking a romantic stroll through the forest.
MONA is Hobart’s shining jewel where art, style and sophistication are entwined to create a gallery unlike anything else. Spend the day wandering around the gallery with your date, as you both try to figure out what each artwork means (trust us, it’s surprisingly fun) and cap off the evening with The Golden Hour – a communal fine dining experience and sunset viewing of the museum’s unique rooftop gazebo. If you want to make it a really special evening, you can spend the night at MONA with a sleepover package that includes museum entry, winery tour, tasting, and breakfast the next day.
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One of Hobart’s hippest places to be right now is the rustic-chic hangout Jack Greene on Salamanca Place. The local favourite specialises in craft beers and gourmet burgers, but on a cold winter’s afternoon or evening, you can head upstairs and find a quiet spot for some drinks and a quiet chat while snuggling with your date by the open fireplace. There’s an easy-going atmosphere at Jack Greene that takes the pressure off and lets you get comfortable with your companion.