A new bar called Sonny is here for you to squeeze into and sip some wine.
Simple pleasures are Sonny’s thing, continuing the unassuming tradition of Templo, a compact eatery in Hobart that’s been wowing hungry punters since 2015.
Templo owners Chris Chapple and Matt Breen’s new venture is a skinny space in the city’s Elizabeth Street that seats just 18.
The pair has recruited Alister Robertson to run the show. He arrived from Adelaide about two weeks ago and is quietly confident locals will enjoy the new casual hang, particularly as the Dark Mofo binge approaches.
Alister’s off to polish about 150 glasses in preparation for Sonny’s opening when we chat, and despite the looming deadline, is cool as a cucumber. It’s this sense of ease that many enjoy most about the Templo experience, along with the chalkboard menu of changing dishes with a Mediterranean tint that rarely disappoint.
Alister says Sonny is all about “nice wine by good people” plus featured gin and whisky. Don’t expect to order a mojito: despite Alister’s fondness for mixology, Sonny won’t be shaking or stirring (although Negroni, Spritz and Vermouth and soda have snuck in). As at Templo, Australian and Italian vinos will rotate and there’s cans of Cascade, Boag’s and Moo Brew. Some Magnums are on the way, too.
A shiny new slicer will spit out paper-thin prosciutto amongst other salted nibbles and anticipate morsels such as pickled mussels and pasta from a brief menu to match your tipple.
Alister expects guests to kick off a night out at Sonny or stay a while – a plate of tortellini and glass of Beaujolais a nice option for dinner.
Booze lines the walls, warming pendants hang from a high ceiling and mosaic tiles add some curious depth under foot. Alister’s record collection will bring the likes of Bowie, INXS and Prince to your evening.
Simple, classic, very cool - a likely outcome when taking cues from Templo.
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Find Sonny at 120a Elizabeth Street, Hobart. It’s open Thursday to Monday. Pics by Alister.