There's nothing quite like the feeling of stepping out from the chill into a cosy little bar or cafe, warm drink or red wine in hand. Tiny, intimate spaces can make you feel right at home in the middle of the city.
Bar Two's Nathan Cairns loves the interaction with his customers that a small space provides, since opening his wine bar in 2019, the bar has established a loyal following of patrons who enjoy the laid back atmosphere and warmth of their hosts. 20 seats and a menu brimming with carefully selected local Tasmanian wines and small plates to match, is a recipe that has proved successful and breathed life into Launceston's burgeoning boutique bar scene.
Pictured: Bar Two.
Another of the city's cosy bars is The Barrel Collective. Owner Mike Bernhagen's hospitality background leaned toward larger establishments, so when deciding to open his own bar he was instantly drawn to a more intimate space "...the smaller location means I can really talk through the gins and provide a better customer experience."
The narrow Brisbane Street space has been transformed with rustic timber panelling, bespoke furniture made from crates and old wine barrels, and a dark and moody atmosphere you'd expect from an inner city watering hole.
Getting to know the person behind the bar just as much as the drinks that they serve is gaining momentum, fuelled in part by a desire to know the provenance of products and a trend towards locally produced wines, craft beers and spirits. Smaller venues are the perfect pairing for a shift towards a more personalised experience.
Nothing suits a small space like a busy coffee stop, some even say the smaller the space the better the coffee... with that in mind, Urban Espresso Roastery on Charles Street is right up there, as are their freshly baked Portuguese tarts and florentines.
Upper St John's Tinka Coffee Brewers is also a sure bet for a decent brew. Freshly baked pastries, gourmet toasties and good coffee are staples at this popular cafe and their light bright space feels sunny even on the dreariest of winter days.
Valley Coffee, a relatively new coffee shop tucked away in Paterson Street is another place that knows coffee, and how to make effective use of a compact space. Owner Pete roasts his own beans and serves up expertly brewed beverages in a trendy space brimming with natural light and touches of greenery.
Pictured above: Tinka Coffee Brewers. Below: Valley Coffee.
A small eatery that books out, owing not only to the limited seating, but the epic modern Asian dishes, Pachinko is a must try destination for any foodie. Take a seat at the bar, try their 'Feed me' menu or order a la carte. Whatever you decide, just know that it will be good.
Select from dishes like Hibachi-grilled, koji marinated lamb forequarter chop, thyme & shoyu tare, confit garlic scapes and Crispy fried eggplant, sweet white miso glaze, sesame & chive - if these don't have your mouth watering then nothing will.
Left: Hibachi grilled, koji marinated lamb forequarter chop.
So, if you've been stuck working from home and crave the interaction and warmth that a small and cosy venue invariably provides, then look no further than our guide to cosy spaces in Launceston Central City.
These spots will have you feeling like you've been embraced in a big warm winter hug.
A small and calming oasis in the city, Tisane Tea room is a place for tea drinkers to call their own. An extensive tea menu, as well as hot chocolates, sourdough crumpets and sweet treats.
Shop 2, 45 Brisbane St
What could be cosier on a cold winter's day than the being surrounded by the rich aroma of chocolate? Sample one of Cocobean Chocolate's hot chocolates, take a seat and stare longingly at their cabinet of boutique handmade chocolates.
82 George St
Seek and you shall find... great coffee and a trendy space in which to drink it (try their house roasted Paperboy blend).
39 Paterson St
A compact coffee roastery with an ever changing selection of some of the best freshly baked treats you'll find in the city.
99a St John St
Upper St John's must try destination for specialty coffee, all-day brunch, sweets and more, seven days a week.
147 St John St
Serving Launceston for 30 years and part coffee house, part retailer, Cropline's checkerboard floors and selection of European treats will have you feeling a world away.
Shop 1, Brisbane Court, 70 Brisbane St
Get your keys cut and jewellery engraved while you sit back and relax with a coffee. Any concept which doesn't involve standing in a queue is a winner in our book.
157 Charles St
Bright artworks, high ceilings, legendary Sandy's Sourdough baked goods and great coffee in the Kingsway.
Venture up the Earls Court alleyway in Brisbane Street and you'll stumble across Bar Two, an intimate wine bar showcasing the best of Tasmania. Outdoor seating with heaters keep you toasty in the cooler months.
47A Brisbane Street
Launceston's newest bar provides (very appropriate) keg seating in the thick of Brisbane St. Take a seat outside or in and sample their extensive array of Tasmanian wine, beer and spirits.
63a Brisbane St
Expertly crafted modern Asian dishes and limited seating, this place is popular so make sure to book! We recommend living on the wild side with Pachinko's 'Feed Me' option.
23 Quadrant Mall
Seek out the warmth in Launceston Central City with quirky cafes and award winning restaurants to coax you out of hibernation...