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Hobart Restaurants and Nightlife

Tasmania has come out of its end-of-the-earth mode and joined the rest of Australia in becoming a gourmet's heaven. The superb fresh ingredients, especially seafood, mean sumptuous dishes of extraordinary quality. Be prepared for oysters, crab, crayfish, salmon, and trout, both from the sea and from farms throughout the state. It's not always cheap, but the quality and rarity of ingredients are worth the expense.

Hobart's restaurants range from upmarket silver service to takeaways and cafés. They are scattered throughout Hobart and the suburbs on both sides of the river, but also concentrated in two areas: one around Sullivans Cove and the historic centre, and the other in North Hobart's Elizabeth Street, which is more international and cosmopolitan. Both areas offer a wide variety of culinary experiences, especially local Tasmanian seafood and fresh produce.

The inner city pubs of Hobart and North Hobart are famous for their live music and entertainment. Some are boisterous taverns, others more sedate, but all are popular and crowded. You can take an historic pub tour ((03) 6255 4806), which will take you to four pubs, including a drink in each, and give you a history lesson about this important cultural ritual of early Hobartians. Some of the early pubs and taverns were brothels, and their bawdy history is still evident in the décor. Depending on your vice, you may like to visit Irish Murphy's, Knopwood's Retreat, the Wrest Point Casino or the Theatre Royal.

If you like your music a little more refined, catch a performance of the world-renowned Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at the Federation Concert Hall. Or check out a chamber music performance in one of the vineyards, or even an old-time crooner at Wrest Point.

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