Deep within Hobart’s Salamanca Place, you’ll find a tiny bar and bottle shop with a big idea and even bigger heart. With walls lined with Tasmanian producers, Drink Co. is a testament to the small producers of Tasmania’s rapidly growing beverage industry. This intimate space is as much about educating as it is enjoying. Visitors leave not only with a top-tier experience, but with an in-depth understanding of the story behind each drink.
Drink Co. was opened in December 2016 by owners, James Broinowski and Michael Flowers. Their aim was to create a cellar door for small producers in the heart of Hobart, where people could come and share a glass of wine or a nip of whisky, chosen from a list of options unlike anything you would find elsewhere in the city. As such, Drink Co.’s menu is made up of 80 percent Tasmanian products sourced directly from their producers, and a scattering of producers from mainland Australia.
With all of this information flying around and drinks being poured in abundance, there’s plenty to chat about as you sit up at the small communal table and strike up a conversation with whoever is sitting beside you. With just one intimate space available to take over, don’t be surprised if you walk out of Drink Co. witha new friend alongside a newfound appreciation for small-scale winemakers and distillers.
The unique menu at Drink Co. ranges from established boutique suppliers to up-and-coming producers that have been carefully selected by the team of passionate sommeliers, winemakers, distillers and drinkers, headed by James.
With extensive knowledge of all things viticultural, James has combined his knowledge as winemaker for Small Island Wines and his passion for Tasmania’s wine and spirits industry to create a range of options that provide much more than merely a drink before you. Small Island Wines is featured on the menu, along with their signature award-winning pinot noir, sourced from a single site vineyard in Glengarry.
When it comes to spirits, Drink Co. has you sorted with Tasmania’s prized Sullivans Cove Whisky, which was awarded the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky at London’s 2014 World Whiskies Awards. For something a little sweeter, try the apple hints of Charles Oates Distillery’s Apple Blanco, which celebrates Tasmania’s apple industry with a double-distilled liquor capturing its sweet botanical flavour. Alternatively, order the Hartshorn vodka, distilled with sheep whey from the Grandvewe Cheese farm. Whatever you choose, there’s a story worth hearing behind every sip. For those seeking a little extra, Drink Co. runs master classes and wine tasting courses, so that you’re well versed for your next visit.
Since opening its doors in 2016, Drink Co. has attracted a loyal following, committed not only to supporting Tasmania’s up-and-coming liquor industry, but learning along the way. With an unmatched menu, a relaxed, laid-back vibe and expert staff bursting to answer any questions about the exquisite produce on offer, a stop at Drink Co. is a must when eating and drinking your way around Hobart.