Wanted: Bar with midnight snacks

MANIKA DADSON says: LAUNCESTON needs an intimate, upmarket cocktail and coffee bar that operates until at least after midnight.LAUNCESTON needs an intimate, upmarket cocktail and coffee bar that operates until at least after midnight.
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It would also be good if it sold hot snacks and was near the Princess Theatre.

Big ask, I know, but it’s needed.

A new bar – well, technically it’s a cave – opened in Launceston this week and is going to fill a gap.

The problem is, it is only open for 10 days, is not going to serve hot drinks, and hot food isn’t on the menu.

The bar is Plato’s Cave at the Earl, a lounge space created in the Earl Art Centre foyer by Launceston artist Sue Henderson, Red Brick Cider House and Theatre North as part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

The space is somewhere for people to gather intimately after watching a show.

It’s something we don’t seem to have in Launceston.

A woman painted the picture well on Facebook this week.

She posed a questions to 45 to 55-year-olds on the A Heads Up to Eating Out in Launceston page asking “where does one go on a Saturday night after the theatre for a drink/cocktail”?

“I’ll paint the picture of last Saturday night,” she went on.

“Group of ladies after Evita (great show!!), tried the Hotel Grand Chancellor – sorry bar is closing; Alchemy – great dirty martini but so noisy you couldn’t hear yourself think; Bakers Lane – bar staff were lovely but again noisy and crowded, and we felt like we were everyone’s mother! We ended up at King of Kebabs.”

She asked for suggestions and got some back, like Cataract on Paterson, which serves cocktails until midnight, St. John Craft Beer, the Oak, O’Keefe’s and the Northern Club.

While I’m only in my 20s, I’ve had the same problem.

Having performed in shows since I was young, a usual need after the curtain goes down is hot food, a drink and a chilled-out place to mingle.

My mum’s request is usually a hot drink, something she often can’t get because “sorry we’ve turned off the coffee machine”.

A few bars are in the pipeline for Launceston, so let’s hope they listen to these requests: give us something classy and intimate that serves alcohol, hot drinks and hot food until late.

Something similar to what is on Melbourne’s Spring Street would be perfect.

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