The Elysian Whisky Bar brings the distilled taste of Scotland and Japan to Fitzroy
‘How is Japanese whisky different to Scottish whisky?’ I ask the enthusiastic barman at the Elysian Whisky Bar. ‘It’s all in the yeast’, he tells me.
While Japanese whisky closely models itself on the Scottish distilling method, local makers get creative with the kind of yeast they use in order to stand out in a well-represented market.
With 300 bottles of rare and intriguing whiskies adorning the dark wood and mirrored bar, it can be overwhelming to try and choose just one. Hit up the bar staff to ask for their recommendations, and you’ll get a story about each whisky, as well as a drink.
Scottish whisky dominates a large portion of the menu, but whisky aficionados won’t turn their nose up at that. There’s also craft beer, wines and an interesting selection of cocktails to work your way through. Try the Espresslo Martini – a whisky and MILO based cocktail with a coffee kick.
If you like to graze as you drift into a whisky haze, there’s a small but perfectly delicious bar food menu on offer. Duck liver parfaits and braised lamb shoulder made by Chef Ryo Kitahara of Assiette De Parti are worth a try.
Based on Japanese style whisky bars, the dark and cosy vibe at the Elysian fits in well in the South end of Brunswick Street. Jazz and old school classics play in the background and the crowd is a mix of locals and those looking for an after work drink without all the noisy chatter you’d expect from the busy end of the street.
With a focus on Japanese bar culture and service, the staff are warm and friendly, much like the whisky in your glass.
Elysian Whisky Bar
113 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Tues-Sat: 4.30pm – 1am