The Best Whisky Bars In Sydney

Bars, Drink, Drinks Guide, Guide, Sydney, Winter Guide / 10 May 2023

Warm up with a well-made cocktail at one of Sydney’s best whisky bars.

Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur or a whisky newbie, here’s your chance to experience some of the best whisky-fuelled cocktails Sydney has to offer. From small bars to underground taverns, discover the best whisky bars in Sydney.

The Baxter Inn, CBD

The Baxter Inn is a renowned whisky destination located in the heart of Sydney. With its impressive collection of over 800 whiskies from around the world, this speakeasy-style bar offers a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Whisky enthusiasts can explore an extensive range of single malts, blended whiskies, and rare finds while enjoying the warm and inviting ambiance. Find out more here.

The Doss House, The Rocks

This unique basement bar in The Rocks is a must-see for whisky fans. Set in a heritage building in the heart of one of Sydney’s most historic suburbs, step back in time at this charming vintage-inspired spot. Nab yourself a warm glass of whisky and grab a seat in front of their roaring fireplace for the ultimate winter bar experience. Find out more here.

Shady Pines Saloon, Darlinghurst

Speaking of underground spots, head up to Darlinghurst and you’ll stumble upon another whisky hot spot: Shady Pines Saloon. Set just off Oxford Street, this beloved drinking den is famous for its whisky cocktails and endless bowls of complimentary peanuts. Find out more here.

Nola Smoke House, Barangaroo

Nola’s back bar in Sydney boasts the most extensive collection of American whiskey. Whether you prefer bourbons, ryes, or single malts, Nola’s has something for everyone – offering over 600 whiskeys from the United States and other corners of the globe. They also offer some of the smoothest whiskeys from the likes of Japan, Canada and even from local makers in Australia. Find out more here

Uncle Ming’s, CBD

Step into the cocktail, Japanese whisky, and dumpling bar and get ready for a delicious drinking experience. Uncle Ming’s features an extensive selection of whiskies, with plenty of rare and unique Japanese Whisky on offer for punters to sample. Find out more here.

Grain Bar, CBD

Situated beneath the renowned Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, at the Circular Quay end of George Street, this upscale hotel bar offers an exceptional whisky experience with a dedicated menu boasting one of the most extensive selections in the nation. Discerning whisky enthusiasts will delight in exploring a vast array of renowned and rare whiskies, making it a premier destination for those seeking a luxurious and captivating whisky journey. Find out more here.

Ramblin Rascal Tavern, CBD

Step into this vibrant dive bar, a haven for whisky and cognac enthusiasts, where the atmosphere pays homage to the world of dark spirits. The brainchild of Sebastian “Cosmo” Soto and Dardan Shervashidze, formerly of Swillhouse Group, the masterminds behind Sydney’s beloved establishments like Shady Pines Saloon and The Baxter Inn. This energetic venue embraces a raucous ambiance, serving up an educational and enjoyable drinking experience complemented by a mouthwatering menu of Mary’s burgers and fried chicken. Find out more here.

The Rover, Surry Hills

Uncover a hidden gem of boozy delight at this recently revamped cocktail bar, where the allure of whisky remains a prominent feature. Prepare to embark on a captivating journey as you step into this secret sanctuary, where the rich traditions of Irish whisky meet innovative mixology. Find out more here.

Tokyo Bird, Surry Hills

Down the laneways of Surry Hills is this stylish little Japanese bar. Here you’ll find one of Australia’s largest collections of Japanese whisky with plenty of rare drops to sample. The best part? You can pair it with yakitori and take yourself straight to Tokyo. Find out more here.

Bancho Bar, Haymarket

Tucked away in a charming Chinatown alley, Bancho Bar stands as an elegant and distinguished destination for Japanese whisky enthusiasts and discerning drinkers. From the creators of the acclaimed Tokyo Bird in Surry Hills, this refined establishment showcases an exquisite collection of Japanese whiskies and offers an unparalleled fine-drinking experience. Find out more here.

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