- what there is of it - is focused around the waterfront. The focal point is Knopwood's Retreat
, which attracts a large crowd on Friday and Saturday night, and has a popular nightclub upstairs. The more conservative Wrest Point Casino
, at 410 Sandy Bay Rd in Sandy Bay, is open late every night for gambling, drinking and dancing (tel 03/6225 0112; casino Fri & Sat 2pm-3am, Sun-Thurs 2pm-2am; Regine's
nightclub Wed-Sun 10pm-4am).
If you want to know what's on , Thursday's Mercury has a "gig guide", ( www.tasguide.com.au ) and you could also check its Friday and Saturday entertainment section or W-Hole Magazine , a do-it-yourself monthly with a gig guide and reviews. As for live music , Tasmania is too small to attract many bands, so the ones that play the pubs are mainly local. The few big events that do occur attract an extraordinarily varied audience, as everybody goes to everything. For more interesting gigs, keep an eye on what's happening at the University of Tasmania campus at Sandy Bay (tel 03/6220 2861). Concerts are staged by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at the Federation Concert Hall and by the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music at the Conservatorium (5-7 Sandy Bay Rd; tel 03/6226 7306); the Conservatorium also perform at churches around town (free or $3-5). You'll find traditional and touring theatre at the Theatre Royal, and more contemporary local shows at the Peacock Theatre in Salamanca Place; in February and March there's a season of outdoor Shakespeare in the Royal Botanical Gardens. Most tickets can be booked via Centretainment, at 132 Liverpool St (tel 03/6234 5998); guides and calendars can be picked up at Kaos and other cafés.
Bars, clubs and live music
, 281 Liverpool St (tel 03/6234 7977). Known to locals as the "Bav Tav", this fun down-to-earth venue has bands, jamming sessions, dancing and cheap meals.
Brooke Street Bar and Café , 19 Morrison St, cnr Brooke St. Waterfront pub, with large windows letting in lots of light onto the wacky beachbar-style interior. Outside tables too. Open until 2am Sat & Sun.
Carbon , 11 Franklin Wharf. Hobarts newest, trendiest club. Open Wed, Fri & Sat 11pm-late. Entry $5-9.
Juice Niteclub , 7 Watchorn St (tel 03/6234 5165). Barn-like bar, lively and packed on Fri and Sat night.
Knopwood's Retreat , 39 Salamanca Place. Pub that's a favourite with students, yachties and just about everyone else, with a relaxed coffee parlour/bar feel; plenty of magazines and newspapers, plus outside tables. Open until midnight on Fri, when the pavement outside is packed. Closed Sun.
The New Sydney Hotel , 87 Bathurst St (tel 03/6234 4516). Hobart's Irish pub, featuring live music nightly except Mon - from traditional Irish to blues and folk.
Republic Bar & Café , 299 Elizabeth St (tel 03/6234 6954). Laid-back lounge atmosphere, funky decor and free music, usually blues and jazz, five nights a week. Good meals too - with lots of seafood on the menu.
Rockerfeller's Café & Bar , 11 Morrison St (tel 03/6234 3490). Cocktails, live jazz Sun nights and a Contemporary Australian menu. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily.
St Ives Hotel , 86 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay (tel 03/6323 3655). "Boutique" hotel that has its own brewery. Popular club nights on Fri and Sat. The excellent bottle shop at the back has a good range of Tasmanian wines.
Syrup , above Knopwood's , 39 Salamanca Place (tel 03/6224 8249). The second floor of this trendy club doubles as a restaurant until 11.30pm; at midnight the nightclub takes over. Thurs & Sat there's techno, house, drum'n'bass on one floor, 1980s retro on another; Fri it's live disco and funk; and Wed is a 1960s theme night with go-go girls and visuals. Open till 6am on Fri & Sat; $5-7.
T-42° , Elizabeth Street Pier (tel 03/6224 7742). Stylish lounge bar, upmarket but not snobby. Half the place is an eating area serving well-priced modern meals at lunch and dinner, or you can come in for a coffee or cake in the afternoon. Good choice of wines available by the glass. Daily 11.30am-1.30am.
Temple Place , 121 Macquarie St (tel 03/6223 2883). Sophisticated jazz venue, with restaurant, cocktail bar and cigar lounge. Open nightly and Sun afternoons.
Theatre Royal Hotel , 31 Campbell St (tel 03/6234 6925). Despite the trendily upmarket renovations, the public bar is as down-to-earth as ever. People spill in here after the theatre. Recommended bistro too. Open until midnight; closed Sun.
Film, theatre, concerts and cabaret
AFI State Cinema , 375 Elizabeth St, North Hobart (tel 03/6234 6318). Art-house and foreign films; reduced ticket prices Wed night. Licensed bar.
Federation Concert Hall , 1 Davey St (bookings free call 1800 001 190) Home to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with concerts on a regular basis.
Playhouse Theatre , 106 Bathurst St (tel 03/6234 1536). Home to an amateur theatrical society that regularly puts on plays. Premises are also rented out to travelling shows.
Salamanca Arts Centre , 77 Salamanca Place (tel 03/6234 8414). Base of several performance companies, including the Terrapin Puppet Theatre, which puts on touring shows - including a puppet picnic at the end of December in St Davids Park. Puppeteers are welcome to come in and look around. The theatre venue here is the Peacock Theatre which specializes in contemporary works, performed by various local theatre companies.
Theatre Royal , 29 Campbell St (tel 03/6233 2299). This lovely old place is not too expensive or stuffy, offering a broad spectrum of entertainment from comedy nights to serious drama. The ancillary Backspace is smaller and more experimental - often hosting very entertaining Theatresports on Fri nights.
Village Cinema Centre , 181 Collins St (tel 03/6234 7288). Seven screens showing mainstream new releases; discount day is Tues.