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Isobar

11 Franklin Wharf, Hobart, TAS
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If your in Hobart, this is without doubt the place to be.

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What to Expect @ Isobar


Written by Ryan Russell

Positioned on the magnificent Sullivans Cove, Isobar is the place to be for the young and happening in Hobart. In keeping true with Hobart's waterfront heritage, this establishment is a wonderful blend of the old and new with the historical stone walls now home to live DJ sets and Jagerbombs. Situated over two levels and containing a labyrinth of specialised rooms, Isobar submits patrons to two main dance floors and lounge areas as well as several smaller rooms that make it very easy to loose track of your friends... or that annoying drunk guy.

The main dance floor plays home to local and national DJ sets that mix and blend contemporary beats that keep you dancing all night. If you prefer to bop to the sounds of the 80's and 90's, the 'Red Room' dance floor offers tunes for those who are tired of the pump and flex of the main floor. The decor is basic but works well - marrying stainless steel with solid dividing walls, high ceilings, vinyl couches and sticky dance floors. This simplicity tends to focus the atmosphere toward what matters most at Iso; burning your throat with tequila, chasing it down with a beer and hitting one of the dance floors for an immoral time!

Outside on the lower floor is 'The Cage' - an outdoor area that is surrounded by a cage-like structure to keep you in and the unwashed masses out. This area is less than 25m from the harbour's waters and would be fantastic in summer relaxing with one of Isobars' cocktails which are (like all the drinks) priced within the bounds of acceptability. 'The Cage' is ideal for those seeking a bit of 'fresh air'... with plenty of ashtrays. The winter smokers are not forgotten either with the provision of heating - a much welcomed relief from the winter chills that will undoubtedly be appreciated.

Simply put, Isobar offers a variety in music and areas for typically a younger crowd consisting of those around 18-25 years old. The rich blending of old and new, the pokey corridors that lead to various rooms and the rooms themselves, make for a unique experience that gives you options once you arrive.

If you enjoy a good atmosphere, friendly crowd and love to dance - Isobar is defiantly the place to be on Hobart's waterfront. While I strongly believe that a night out is what you make it; the environment Isobar provides goes a long way to helping set a positive mood, laying the foundations for a good night out no matter the time of year.



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Our Second Review of Isobar


Written by Brie Culph

While its name plays on puns (I-SOBER), ISO is far from a laughing matter when comes to a Saturday night. An unsuspecting location for a raging night club, ISO is set within a convict designed building, thick sandstone walls minimalizes noise pollution into the streets outside while also keeping patrons in anticipation for what hit is playing on the decks within. While the dress code is smart casual, it allows all those wishing to attend to suit up (#suitaffect) or simply continue from day to night. As you enter, instantly greeted by a flight of stairs, you quite literally climb the social structure and enter a world of modern class.

Inside holds the master compilation in catering for the masses. Two separate rooms completely soundproof of the other allows a wider age audience to be entertained. Within the first room, the DJ drops the freshest beats of the week as well as throwing it back to those dance party classics we all know, yes inclusive of Gwen Stefani and her Hollaback Girls. This music is accompanied with a stupendous light show and triple layered stage in which if you’ve had enough to drink, from the double bar just meters away, gives you the chance to show off your dance moves. While the décor is minimal, it truly allows the party lights to be shown off to their full potential. ISO allows all to enjoy comfort with well-placed lounge areas between rooms for those who have partied too hard or worn heels too high.

The second room is given to those who enjoy the classics of the '80s and the madness of the '90s. Just as the last, this room is also accompanied by a well stocked bar, and another insane light show to illuminate the dance floor. An additional layered stage once again gives the opportunity for those oldies who feel 18 again to show off their ‘hip’ moves in the comfort of a smaller audience. Numerous small lounge areas off the second room allows the chance of a good chat with the hottie you’ve danced with for half an hour, or the pondering of broken dreams of love with the unnamed girl with a nice smile.

Bar staff continuously go out of their way to ensure their patrons are looked after. While I was there, I witnessed the help one young lady received after her night almost received a potential end in aid of taping her shoe to her foot in order for her night to continue. ISO truly does top the list for a Saturday night out on the town, while causal for those who are new to the under world of the Salamanca docks it still gives a degree of class for those wishing to loosen up after a hard week at the office- a true modern soirée.

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