54 Liverpool Street, Hobart, TAS
0455 629 135
What’s better than a top-of-the-range burger, a spin or two on a pinball machine, cocktails by the dozen and a gaggle of good friends to enjoy it with? Not a lot.
The dream team behind Hobart’s favourite laneway burger joint, The Standard, has taken its American grab’n’go empire one step further, opening the doors to Standard Drinks in late June 2017. The Standard will still be operating as usual, but now you can pop in next door and enjoy a drink with your favourite burger.
Owner/Chef Sam Chang, formerly of MONA’s The Source, dipped into memories of his Californian childhood for the inspiration behind this hospitality venture, alongside co-owners, Christian Ryan (Al.ft) and Pilgrim Coffee’s Will Priestley. Taking over an old tattoo parlour, the boys were inspired by American arcade culture, drawing on everything from neon lights and 80s movie posters to old-school TV shows, to create a venue worthy of your teenage self’s dream rumpus room.
The menu at Standard Drinks features all the burger classics you’ll find next door, plus a few added extras for diners at the 65-seater restaurant. Add a little heat to your meal with chicken hot wings served the American way, best enjoyed with a side of blue cheese sauce. Spice up your sides game by ordering the garlic fries, topped with parmesan and fresh parsley, or win the game completely with a bowl of Cuban fries, complete with pulled pork, pickled jalapenos and drizzled with mustard and garlic mayo. The southern-fried, double-battered cauliflower wings is another to try, with your choice of sauce.
Be sure to leave room for dessert, as a slice of classic apple, blueberry, cherry or chocolate cream pie is a must. You’ll feel every bit the American hero when you find yourself sitting under a poster of E.T. with a sweet pie in one hand, and a malted thick shake in the other. Save some spare change to slay zombies at the pinball machine later.
If you’re after a night a little more Footloose than The Goonies, get ready to dance with a range of cheeky cocktails named after some of your favourite 80s classics, beers on tap, spirits and a drop or two of Tasmanian wine. Don’t leave without trying the Salted Caramel espresso martini, made with specialty coffee from The Standard’s sister caf. around the corner, Pilgrim Coffee. Local brews like Shambles Brewery and Willie Smith’s organic cider are available on tap, alongside North American beers such as Sierra Nevada and Pabst Blue Ribbon. There’s also a good selection of local and international craft beers to try, so pick wisely.
Your Memory Lane is in for a treat under the neon lights at Standard Drinks. With good food, good drinks and good times at its core, you’re just a burger away from your American teenage dream.