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Institut Polaire

₱₱ - ₱₱₱, ,
1/7 Murray St | Corner of Murray Street & Despard Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
+61 432 925 895
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  • Very good17%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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Contemporary, Australian, Wine Bar, Bar
₱₱ - ₱₱₱
1/7 Murray St | Corner of Murray Street & Despard Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Fantastic food and wine menu
"Service was great, drink and snack options were superb. "
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2. Great atmosphere
"What a gorgeous interior space! "
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3. Unique cocktails
"This place is an absolute delight with unique cocktails"
Sasu H
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1 - 10 of 27 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a great stylish little venue. It appeared to be the venue to visit in Hobart town for a after work or pre theatre drink, or just to be seen. Great friendly service and an excellent drinks menu. And it can be quite pricy so...More

Thank 856ivanv
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous little bar off the beaten track and what a find. Lovely fresh decor , great friendly service and one of the best Negroni's I have ever had. They make their own gin, which just adds another dimension to this little bar. The mixologist really...More

Thank janwholeboxndice
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

We were referred to go to Institute Polaire and weee not disappointed The service is excellent friendly and warm the delightful girl who served us helped us navigate our way around the wine and food options which helped as on first seeing the menu didn’t...More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Found out about this place on TripAdvisor. Was going to go there the first night we were in town, but they were really busy so we decided to give it a miss. Went back the next night and we were so glad we did. Staff...More

Thank TonyJ2289
Louise R, Owner at Institut Polaire, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2018

Cin Cin see you next time!

Reviewed 19 August 2018

We stopped in here for the start of a girls night out and ended upstaging for longer than expected as the drinks and ambience were fabulous. Between us we had the gin flight, a number of reds and many cocktails (Side Car - great, Godzilla...More

Thank brolidays
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Institute Polaire was on our visit list for Hobart, and I was also interested in buying some of their spirits, Sud Polaire and tasting the Domaine Simha wines. The owner Louise is such a warm and inviting person, and offered to come and open the...More

Thank Lainey1470
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Rhianna was amazing! (Such a rebel). Food (Katsu Sanga), cocktails and wine - totally on point! Thanks crew.

Thank Matthew M
Louise R, Owner at Institut Polaire, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

Thanks so much Matthew, enjoy the weekend!

Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

So we happened to be in Hobart when the Dark Mofo festival was beginning. We only booked this the day before and had no inkling of what we’d find - an establishment overrun by people on their way to a masquerade ball for Dark Mofo....More

Thank thefoodieworld
Louise R, Owner at Institut Polaire, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

We are very sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience. It is the beginning of dark mofo festival and was much busier than anticipated for a Sunday as people dropped in prior to the masquerade ball that happened to be nearby, most of the...More

Reviewed 4 June 2018

Dropped in for a wine and was so glad I did. Brilliant wine list, great by the glass but looked superb by the bottle and a cocktail list that looks lots of fun. Extremely friendly staff which made sitting by myself more enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Thank Peter S
Louise R, Owner at Institut Polaire, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

Many thanks Peter, hope to welcome you again!

Reviewed 3 June 2018

We had a pre dinner cocktail here on our way to Salamanca for dinner. Our waitress was friendly, helpful and always smiling. She clearly enjoyed working there, which is a good sign! Our cocktails were beautiful, the atmosphere relaxing and our dip and toast was...More

Thank Suzanne B
Louise R, Owner at Institut Polaire, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

Thanks so much Suzanne!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$26
Contemporary, Australian, Wine Bar, Bar
Late Night, Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1/7 Murray St | Corner of Murray Street & Despard Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Tasmania  >  Greater Hobart  >  Hobart
  • Phone Number: +61 432 925 895
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Tasmania's coolest locale. Settle by the fire in the snowy, luxe interior of marble and plush grey leather at Institut Polaire. This cold climate wine and spirits bar embraces Tasmania’s long held status as the gateway to Antarctica with a passion for everything coldhearted. At Institut Polaire, you will fall in love with graceful wine, aromatic gin and artisan whisky from cool cats across Tasmania and beyond. Sip an Antarctic dry martini, savour new wave Tasmanian pinot noir or nurse your single malt. Dive into some of the world's most revered and challenging terroir with an emphasis on low input, organic, biodynamic farming and natural techniques. Think grower Champagne, ‘riesling to die for’ and pinot noir from emerging local talent alongside cult international icons. Daily small plates and snacks feature organic and local produce and honest favourites from further afield. Look out for the mystery wine challenge and specialty G&T flights.
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