Bid to raise bar in city

Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - JES­SICA HOWARD

A BOU­TIQUE bar could soon pop up above an award-win­ning restau­rant in cen­tral Ho­bart. The team be­hind the pop­u­lar Lark Dis­tillery has pro­posed a new bar above ac­claimed restau­rant Franklin. Aus­tralian Whisky Hold­ings has sub­mit­ted a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for a new venue fo­cus­ing on its Forty Spot­ted Gin brand — be­ing poured by Lark Dis­tillery bar su­per­vi­sor An­drew Bar­clay.

THE team be­hind the pop­u­lar Lark Dis­tillery have pro­posed a new bar for its gin brand above an award-win­ning restau­rant in cen­tral Ho­bart.

Aus­tralian Whisky Hold­ings, which owns the Tas­ma­nian whisky brands Lark, Nant and Overeem, has sub­mit­ted a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to the Ho­bart City Coun­cil for a new venue fo­cus­ing on its Forty Spot­ted

Gin brand.

The bou­tique bar would be lo­cated above ac­claimed restau­rant Franklin in the for­mer Mer­cury build­ing on the cor­ner of Mac­quarie and Ar­gyle streets.

“As the [dis­till­ing] in­dus­try con­tin­ues to grow, it is leav­ing an ever-grow­ing foot­print on the Tas­ma­nian tourism land­scape,” says AWH head of hos­pi­tal­ity Daniel Knight in the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion doc­u­ments. “More and more peo­ple make their way into our venues each year to dis­cover more about Tas­ma­nian spir­its.”

Dur­ing the day, the space would be used for a “gin blend­ing ex­pe­ri­ence” and at night, the bar would fea­ture pre­mium spir­its and hand­crafted cock­tails. “As a des­ti­na­tion venue hidden away from Ho­bart’s main hos­pi­tal­ity strips, this bar will give vis­i­tors a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence hand crafted drinks away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of Sala­manca,” Mr Knight said.

“The gin bar will high­light Tas­ma­nia as a des­ti­na­tion, with pro­jected videos and im­ages of the Tas­ma­nian land­scape and the use of fresh Tas­ma­nian pro­duce.”

The de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion will be pub­licly ad­ver­tised for com­ment un­til De­cem­ber 16.

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