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Friday 21 October 2022

Launceston's new cocktail bar unleashed


Launceston, the second-largest city in Tasmania, is undergoing a nightlife boom with several recent bar openings. 

The latest arrival ready to shake and stir up the locals is Bar Stelo - a sister property to Stelo at Pierre's. 

Bar Stelo officially opened this week and is the latest venture for Lauren and Nathan Johnston, who have spent the past two years developing the Stelo at Pierre’s restaurant offering.

Now they have transformed the adjoining retail space into a cocktail lounge.

Bar Stelo promises to feature local produce through an Italian lens. 

“From bold and boozy to light and luxurious, there will be an extensive array of cocktails on offer, providing a perfect pre-dinner location for anyone dining in the CBD,” Lauren Johnston said.

“There will be familiar faces from Stelo at Pierre’s in the bar providing uncompromised quality in all the offerings; serving serious cocktails, bar snacks and our stunning local gins, whisky and wine.

“We have been referring to Bar Stelo as the restaurant’s ‘virtuous mistress’ because while it provides some synergies there are some wonderful contrasts. 

“The restaurant is quite masculine with its linear, straight lines and deep red features where as Bar Stelo involves a lot of circles and curves and beautiful Boston Green paintwork on the walls that highlight the feminine and evocative art works by emerging Hobart artist Eddie James.”

The bar has been designed by Stelo at Pierre’s founding bar manager and architect Justin LeFevre. 

A private booth will be a popular place for friends to gather and celebrate. 

Bar Stelo is now open to the public. For more info see

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