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Thursday 1 November 2018

New spirits bar for the Hobart waterfront

Tasmania has been undergoing a huge spirits boom over the past decade with small producers making whisky, gin, brandy and other spirits with huge success . 

Now Tasmania has a new spirits bar in the landmark MACq 01 hotel on Hobart waterfront. 

Evolve Spirits Bar showcases high-end spirits from around the world in a lounge-style setting. The intimate space is decorated by a collection of rare, authentic fossils. 

Seating up to 70 guests, the lounge bar highlights Tasmania’s emergence as an
international heavyweight in spirit distilling.

“This won’t be a cocktail shaker bar,” says MACq 01 Food and Beverage Manager, Liz Thomas. “Evolve will have an acute focus on fine spirit tastings and built spirit beverages, accompanied by a small selection of wines and beers.”

behind-the-bar spirit keep will be a unique element; guests can purchase their own bottle of rare spirits and reserve it exclusively for their visits.

Offerings will include one-off bottlings of Glenfiddich and Balvenie whiskies, Glen Grant single malts from 1950, pre-phylloxera Cognac dating over 100 years old, and often-unattainable Tasmanian releases from Tim Duckett’s Heartwood whisky and Sullivan’s Cove.

Evolve will be led by 2017 Bartender of the Year Dan Gregory, previously from Black Pearl in Melbourne, Swillhouse Group (Shady Pines Saloon, Baxter Inn and Hubert Restaurant), and The Gresham Bar in Brisbane. 

The spirits bar will be hosting an array of ongoing exclusive special events such as masterclasses and fine spirit tastings, and will also have private spaces available to rent.

Evolve Spirits Bar, MACq 01, 18 Hunter Street, Hobart.  

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