Nearby in Salamanca Place is Irish Murphys, a typical
waterfront pub of the 1840s with its low ceilings, small rooms and
open fireplaces. Its clientele was once a rough mob of uneducated
sailors, whalers and convicts. It was a brothel under the proprietry
of the infamous Ma Dwyer and the most notorious drinking
house in Hobart.
Also on Salamanca Place is Knopwood's Retreat, an 1835 Georgian
pub that began life as the Whaler's Return and was known at other
times as the Nautilus and Lord Nelson. Today it attracts an urban
crowd and a soaks up the colour of the Salamanca Markets on the
Tourism Tasmania chief executive Rob Giason said Tasmania offered
a pub culture that had long departed the modern bars of the big
"Where better to enjoy a Cascade or a Boag's than beside
an open fire in an old Tasmanian pub," Mr Giason said. "There
couldn't be a better way to cap-off a relaxing short break."
Great pubs abound throughout Tasmania, from the Man O'Ross in
the picture-book village of Ross to Launceston's Batman Fawkner
Inn where the namesake explorers planned their expedition to the
site of Melbourne.
For the committed pub fan Tasmania offers the Historic Hobart
Pub Tour, a walking tour of the city's most colourful pubs, or
on the slopes of Mount Wellington, the Cascade Brewery offers
a comprehensive tour of its historic site and a rewarding ale
at its conclusion.