Just down the road from Eat Street Markets is Hamilton Harbour, a rapidly-growing hub of shops. Workshop 14 is the latest addition to the lineup and offers locals a laid-back watering hole.
Even if you’re not a Portside local, Workshop 14 is the perfect place to stop and wind down from the day. Owner Anne Scott opened the doors about three weeks ago and has had a steady stream of curious locals pop their heads in or stop by to sip on a beer.
Anne herself lives across the road in one of the apartment blocks and realised the untapped potential of Hamilton harbour. With many more residential developments currently being built, she saw a gap in the market and decided to jump in. Workshop 14 is her first foray into the world of hospitality and she is relishing the experience.
Realising the lack of a local watering hole, when the space became available, Anne stepped in and signed the lease, turning the empty shop into Workshop 14. The name was inspired by the area — Hamilton Harbour has always been an industrial area and in fact, the space used to be a butter factory. The interior is a mix of sheet metal, wood, leather and exposed lightbulbs, which creates an industrial feel but is still warm and welcoming. There is also an alfresco dining area and interesting metal bar stools with intricate detailing.
Choose from a variety of craft beers on tap and a selection of bottled brews as well. They will soon be introducing tallies from the Granite Belt Brewery. Anne takes pride in offering a quality selection of locally-made and boutique beers in addition to wines, cocktails and spirits. Because many of the beers are more obscure, Anne is happy to let customers taste test until they find a brew they love.
When we popped by to have a sneaky peek, the place was more than half full and humming along. The bartender was chatting to patrons at the bar and Anne was preparing food in the kitchen. The kitchen serves up small meals and grazing options with popular items like duck spring rolls, mini handmade pizzas and salt & pepper squid. The menu will evolve over time and as the seasons change. Look out for a more rustic and homemade feel over winter with single serves casseroles and pot pies potential inclusions.
Anne pointed out that “there are so many single people in the area so we’re going to cater to that by offering small meals and single servings of those dishes that are so warming in winter like casserole and soup. We want to offer people that home-cooked feeling.
“We’re also keen to start a neighbourhood night where locals can come down and meet each other. With high density living, sometimes it’s hard to meet your neighbours. So why not come down here and introduce yourself over a beer.”
Open six days a week (closed Mondays), the venue is open 4pm til late during the week and from midday on the weekends. Workshop 14 is located at 4/8 Hercules St, Hamilton. For more information, check out our dining guide.
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