Must-see entertainment in Hobart

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    Top Choice
    Republic Bar & Café

    The Republic is a raucous art-deco pub hosting live music every night (often with free entry). It’s the number-one live-music pub around town, with an…

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    Top Choice
    State Cinema

    Saved from the wrecking ball in the 1980s, the 11-screen State (built in 1913) shows independent and art-house flicks. There’s a great cafe and bar on…

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    Theatre Royal

    This venerable old stager is Australia’s oldest continuously operating theatre, with actors first treading the boards here back in 1837 (the foundation…

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    Some of Hobart’s best live tunes get an airing every Friday night in the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard, best reached off Woobys Lane. It’s a free…

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    Blundstone Arena

    Hobart's home of cricket and football is across the Derwent River from the city in Bellerive. The AFL's North Melbourne Football Club plays four home…

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    Brisbane Hotel

    The bad old Brisbane has dragged itself up from the pit of old-man, sticky-carpet alcoholism to be reinvented as a progressive, student-filled live-music…

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    Playhouse Theatre

    This vintage city theatre (1864 – a former church) is home to the Hobart Repertory Theatre Society (musicals, Shakespeare, kids’ plays). Book online.

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    Music Bar

    Something about this new music room doesn't quite gel – it all feels a bit fly-by-night and temporary. We hope we're wrong, because it's one of the few…

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    This old pub has been here forever under myriad names: never a particularly successful or enduring business venture. But the rambling Homestead seems to…

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    Wrest Point Casino

    This 17-storey octagonal tower on the Sandy Bay waterfront opened in 1973 as Australia's first casino, and has been the subject of many a postcard from…

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    Irish Murphy’s

    Pretty much what you’d expect from any out-of-the-box Irish pub: crowded, lively, affable and dripping with Guinness. Free live music of varying repute…

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    Jokers Comedy Club

    Live weekly stand-up comedy at Hobart's Polish Club, just north of the main North Hobart strip. Cheap drinks and big laughs from Australian and overseas…

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    Peacock Theatre

    This intimate theatre (around 150 seats) is inside the artful Salamanca Arts Centre, along with a handful of other small performance spaces. Hosts theatre…

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    Derwent Entertainment Centre

    Tasmania's biggest indoor arena is the 'DEC', which puts 5400 bums on seats for everything from touring rock bands to circuses, the Wiggles to the Harlem…

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    Federation Concert Hall

    Welded to the Hotel Grand Chancellor, this concert hall resembles a huge aluminium can leaking insulation from gaps in the panelling. Inside, the…

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    7D Cinema

    Something new for Hobart: quick-fire, short 3D film 'rides' where you sit on a moving simulator. No scheduled ticketing – just turn up and jump on the…

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    City-centre booking office for all kinds of stuff around Hobart and beyond: rock gigs, theatre shows, musicals, festivals etc.

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    Grand Poobah

    This versatile bohemian city bar doubles as a music venue with everything from live bands to DJs, dance, cabaret and comedy.

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    Village Cinemas

    An inner-city multiplex screening mainstream releases. Popcorn and sugary fizz galore.