The Story

The Story 2017-05-31T09:41:27+00:00

It glows like a beacon at night. It’s all about glass and outfitted with flair. It’s the place at the end of the Pier.

The Glass House is Hobart’s premium dining bar perched at the end of Brooke Street Pier.

This innovative floating pier, where ferries for MONA and Peppermint Bay depart, and Tasmania’s boutique creators sell their wares.

The Glass House boasts a commanding 280 degree water view across Sullivan’s Cove and the Derwent River. Enjoy Tasmania’s finest produce, wine, whisky and cocktails in style.

Make a reservation in the front dining lounge on the water’s edge; or take a seat on our leather bar stools and run your hand across its elegant marble and unique copper top whilst admiring the impressive back bar or the iconic waterfront view.

Who

The Glass House owners created Tasmania’s first five star luxury hotel, the Islington Hotel.

They know style – even Courtney Love can attest to that, after her Islington stay.

Wishing to offer Hobart an extension of The Islington, where guests can expect the same class and international finesse in their waterfront Dining Bar.

Design

Circa, under the award-winning architect and visionary Robert Morris-Nunn lay claim to The Glass House design. Robert and his associates were the imaginative force behind transforming the Islington, as well as the Brooke Street Pier development.

The Glassware

Surrounded by glass on all sides, and showcasing an impressive collection of drinking glassware. Their private collection is a culmination of personal items, and the grand homes of Tasmania, as estates were sold and contents auctioned off. They have been crafted by master crystal makers; they provide the perfect marriage of old and new.

The Interior

How can you compete with the best view in Hobart?

Soft leather banquettes, arm chairs in frosted green and Jim Thompson fabric against beaten silver tables to balance the light encompassing the front Dining Lounge.

House of Hackney covered settees with irreverent prints of marsupials having a party worthy of the Mad Hatter occupy ‘The Keep’, also home to our exclusive Whisky Locker.

A mirrored reflective ceiling above the unique copper bar top and brown leather bar stools.

An avenue of backlit beauty upon entry of the Murano glass display and an iconic and impressive back bar filled with premium Tasmanian, Australian and International spirits.

That’s how you compete with the view.

David Ball

Originally from the UK, Executive Chef David Ball brings with him a wealth of international experience.

Having established his career with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, a two star Michelin restaurant in Oxford, his passion to continually evolve creatively has seen him lead kitchens in London, Paris and most recently Sydney. His versatility emanates from roles in Fine Dining, Catering & Events, and also Product Development.

David’s menu focuses on delivering approachable seasonal dishes, highlighting subtle differences in texture and flavour, and championing Tasmanian growers.

Ikuei Arakane (Kinsan)

Ikuei Arakane (Kinsan) is the Global Brand Ambassador, known to many courtesy of his Iron Chef fame. He is the vision behind Taxi Restaurant in Melbourne.

His international reach pairs the The Glass House with the global scene, highlighting Tasmania and its unique produce & as a bespoke destination.

The Art

As you enter, Miss Fish Fingers greets. The muse of The Glass House, Miss Fish Fingers is the subject of a painting born of local artist Michael McWilliams. Early on she took a liking to the Brooke Street Pier and was forthright in her demands for outfitting the bar in suitable colours complementary to her costume.

Discover her influence in the muted colours of the sea greens and blues, the glow of the copper top bar and the reflections in the bronze mirrored ceiling.

She is also rumoured to be a dab hand in the kitchen, where seafood rules.

The Bottle Keep