By June Ramli
I recently experienced the exquisite ambience of Mary Mary, a distinguished establishment in Hobart, Tasmania, known for its unique culinary offerings and chic atmosphere.
In this review, I’ll share my insights into the experience.
As a non-drinker, my evening at Mary Mary began with a delightful Pina Colada mocktail, meticulously crafted by the skilled French bartender, Lea.
The mocktail rivalled its alcoholic counterpart in taste, and I was pleasantly surprised.
To complement my drink, I was served a delightful snack, which happened to be savoury popcorn—a departure from the commonly found sweet versions in Asia.
My meal consisted of delectable pizza and zucchini fillings which were served in a separate jar, and the standout of the evening was the incredibly fresh oysters that left me ordering seconds.
While the menu offered a variety of tempting options, my dietary restrictions limited my choices, but it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment.
Mary Mary exudes an upscale ambience with its teak wood decor, warm brown hues, dimmed lighting, and the soothing sounds of jazz music.
It’s a perfect place to unwind after a long day, entertain business associates, or even pop the question. The bar area features tall tables and stools for solo diners, providing a cosy atmosphere for those seeking solitude.
For this review, I opted for a table to savour the food and provide a comprehensive evaluation.
The bar’s charm lies in its ambience, delectable offerings, and friendly staff who are eager to assist first-time visitors in making the best menu choices.
Accessing the bar is an adventure in itself, reminiscent of a hidden dungeon.
You follow a captivating pathway that preserves the historical essence of the building, once a hospital.
Mary Mary is an intimate cocktail bar housed within The Tasman Hotel, which opened in late 2021.
The bar, conceptualized by Proof & Company and renowned bartender Charlie Ainsbury, adds a captivating dimension to Hobart’s bar scene.
Set in the historic surroundings of the former St. Mary’s hospital, the venue seamlessly blends the past with a modern approach to fine drinking in Tasmania.
Charlie Ainsbury, a veteran in the Australian bar industry, brings over 17 years of experience to Mary Mary.
His expertise includes prestigious establishments such as This Must Be the Place, Eau de Vie, and Bulletin Place in Sydney, as well as The Diamond in Vancouver.
The bar aims to pay tribute to Tasmania and Australia’s exceptional ingredients, spirits, and liquors, offering a unique and inviting experience for discerning patrons.
Proof & Company boasts an impressive portfolio, with six of their venues ranking among the World’s 50 Best Bars.
As the first and only representative of The Luxury Collection brand in Australia, The Tasman aims to enchant locals and travellers alike with Mary Mary’s offerings, guided by Charlie and Proof & Company’s expertise.
Mary Mary opened its doors alongside The Tasman at the end of 2021, and it’s poised to become a beacon for fine drinking in Tasmania.
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Editor’s Note: The photos for this assignment were captured with the Canon EOS R8, generously provided to us as a loan for the purpose of this trip. You can find an in-depth review of this camera by following this link.
June Ramli is the editor of DailyStraits.com. To stay in touch with June, look her up on Twitter @junesairaramli