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Observatory Bar

Level 1, Murray St Pr, Hobart, TAS
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Harbour views, and a grand array of cocktails make this place a great place to have a night out. With a modern and contemporary fell, this is the destination of choice for the people of Hobart.

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What to Expect @ The Observatory Bar

By Renata Sain

Hobart's Observatory Bar rightly get its name for its fashionable and scenic location right on Hobart's waterfront and opposite Tasmania's Parliament House and the historic Salamanca Place.

The Observatory Bar, known as the O-Bar by locals, certainly packs a contemporary punch to Hobart's bar and club scene and the modern lounges that stretch around the glass perimeter of the Bar along with the magnificent chandelier that takes pride of place in the venue will have you thinking that you are hanging out in a bar at Sydney's Darling Harbour.

This is the place that mainstream Hobartians aspire to go to every Saturday night when they come of age or get a new skimpy dress, and where sporting teams head to after their end of season black tie formalities to knock back tap beer in elegant, long-neck glasses, and the crowd typically has an 18-25 feel to it during its busiest times.

Commercial dance, house and retro tunes are consistently pumped out by local DJs. Whilst manoeuvring around the overflowing micro dance floor and parade of excited young revellers, which backs onto the main bar during peak hour, can become a mission in itself, as can the line-up to get into the venue on a chilly, Hobart winter's night.A VIP area that overlooks the main bar and dance floor is available for private functions and a full selection of beverages including beer, wine, spirits and cocktails is also available at standard Hobart prices.

But smokers be warned - during busy times you'll have to leave your drink inside (enforced by security) and line-up to wait for a spot outside on a tiny little veranda where you can puff away back-to-back with drunken merry folk. Opening times are from Wednesday to Sunday, 3pm too late. By regulation there is no entry into Tasmanian clubs and bars after 3am unless you have already been in the venue earlier on the same evening.

During quieter times the O-Bar is a nice spot if you like a modern setting, but at other times this place is a bustling party club for a mostly young, fashionable and frivolous crowd of followers, so if you don't want to be amidst the chaos, or you're looking for something with less sheep, than this ain't your place.

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