Best Sydney Whisky Bars

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.

Sydney 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

Shirt Bar

Don’t be fooled by the coffee machine and stylish shirts. Shirt Bar in Sussex Lane has a top class whisky collection and they hold regular whisky masterclasses.

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

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

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

Bulletin Place

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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Other Guides in this series: Sydney’s Best Romantic Restaurants, Sydney’s Best Brunch Spots, Sydney’s Best Bloody Marys, Sydney’s Best Rum Bars, Sydney’s Best Whisky Bars, Sydney’s Best Gin Bars, Sydney’s Best Wine Bars, Top Ten Sydney Small Bars, Another Top Ten Sydney Bars (2013), Sydney’s Best Tequila Bars

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Best Sydney Whisky Bars was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by Corinne


Corinne is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards for 2013 and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List for 2013.
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  1. Grain at the Four Seasons – a great selection including Nikka – Japanese whisky

  2. thanks for posting this up! i’m a big fan of whisky but there’s so many bars to check out in Sydney now so this will be very useful next time we’re keen for some decent whisky.

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