World Whisky Day is on Saturday 18 May and what better opportunity than to celebrate with a good dram at one or a few of Sydney’s best whisky bars.
Whisky Wall at the Baxter Inn
The Baxter Inn
Don’t be put off by the queues or the dodgy entrance. The Baxter Inn is whisky heaven with a selection of over 300 whiskies served by highly knowledgeable bartenders who can match a dram to your taste. Once you’re inside this whisky den, you may never want to leave.
Basement, 152-156 Clarence St, Sydney
Shady Pines Saloon
For a great selection of whiskey, Bourbon, Rye and good ol’ times with country and western music, you can’t go past Shady Pines Saloon.
256 Crown St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
7 Sussex Ln, Sydney
The Wild Rover
Irish whiskey and good craic come together at The Wild Rover in Surry Hills. The recently-opened bar has a “whisky bible” with over 80 whiskies from around the world.
75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills
The Whisky Room @ The Clock Hotel
Take the stars up an step through the saloon door to an entire bar devoted to whisky. At The Whisky Room at the Clock Hotel, you’ll find over 100 whiskies, cocktails, boilermakers and whisky flights.
470 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Uncle Ming’s Bar
This Chinese-themed quaint underground bar has a selection of whiskies from Japan and Taiwan as well as Scotland and USA.
55 York St, Sydney
Gnome Espresso and Wine Bar
Gnome is an intimate Surry Hills cafe that morphs into a relaxed bar at night serving a select collection of whiskies. Anyone for Whisky Oysters Kilpatrick with Ardbeg? Yes please!
536 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Low 302 bar is a cool bar and a late night venue that offers a great selection of whiskies as well as the Whisky Club on a weeknight with some rare selections at reasonable prices.
302 Crown St, Darlinghurst
Rockpool Bar and Grill
From Scotland’s single malts to blended Scotch whisky, drams from Australian, Ireland, Japan, USA and Canada, the list is as impressive as the fitout of the Rockpool Bar and Grill.
66 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000
Miss Chu Bondi Tuckshop
Miss Chu, the rice paper queen has a whisky bar at Bondi Beach tucked away towards the back with a collection of over 80 whiskies.
178 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach
A whisky crate containing a rotating dozen? That’s what you’ll find at Bulletin Place, a good range that often includes rare finds from the personal collection of the owners.
1st Floor, 10-14 Bulletin Pl, Sydney
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