Longley International Hotel
Our ‘local’ pub is actually several pubs away from our place in South Hobart but the Longley International Hotel, in Longley, Tasmania has such a unique and indescribable vibe that we prefer to think of this quirky rural pub as our ‘local’. It is a 20 minute drive from our place, through the foothills of kunanyi/Mt Wellington – the perfect place to stop for a walk through rain forest and giant ferns to a waterfall, before heading off for the live music that is on offer every Sunday afternoon at Longley Pub.
The mix of patrons is always interesting – from hardened-looking manual workers or motorcycle riders, to kids, to smartly dressed young men, young hipsters, young hippies in dreads, the very elderly, young families and middle aged groups.
There is a great outdoor area for music, dancing, gathering. And the historic pub itself has a huge, roaring fireplace and an old-fashioned bar and pool tables, but no gambling, which always adds to the atmosphere of an authentic Aussie pub.
The award-winning Wolfe Brothers band got their start here on Sunday afternoons of music, sunshine, dancing, drinking and enjoying the company of other laid-back Sunday afternoon guests. The hotel used to supply beef and gravy buns on those days only, with occasional toasted sandwiches, but now they have a full menu and serve lunch and dinner, most days of the week.