This wine bar and cellar door on Hobart’s waterfront, with only ocean between the wharf and Antarctica, is where the party’s at in the city.
Talented duo Louise Radman and Nav Singh make exceptional natural wines, have created their own range of gin – Süd Polaire – and, at Institut Polaire, have turned their considerable wine-industry talents to building an award-winning cool-climate vino list. Oh, and an upbeat ’80s playlist to match. There’s plenty of delicious food to share, with plates including fennel, stracciatella and hemp oil or pork katsu sandos, plus cheeseand salumi platters featuring Coal River Farm triple-cream brie and La Boqueria fuet anis (fennel seed salami) for larger groups. Singh’s Domaine Simha Paysan Pét-Nat is a lightly sparkling riesling from the Derwent Valley that’s a great pair for “crack dip”: an indulgent gratin of gruyère and artichoke. Be swept along in all the excitement and order an extra round of Antarctic Dry Martinis.
1/7 Murray Street, Hobart; 0432 925 895; open Wednesday-Sunday for dinner