Whisky might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re a lover or just partial to a nip here or there, you’ll know that when you find a place that appreciates a good whisky as much as you do, you hold on to it. With World Whisky Day upon us, there’s no time like the present to pop in for a visit – a handful are also hosting some pretty stellar events to get you into that whisky groove. Check out our pick of the best places to start on your whisky escapades here:
Whisky & Alement: Over 1000 whiskies and counting with everything from classic bottles to some of the rarest in the world.
270 Russell Street, Melbourne
The Elysian Whisky Bar: This cosy little hole-in-the-wall is exactly what you’d expect of a Fitzroy whisky bar, featuring around 300 bottles of rare and wacky whiskies from across the globe.
113 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Boilermaker House: Malt whisky, craft beer, cocktails and food pairing cross paths at this CBD staple.
209 – 211 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
The Everleigh: Take a step into the golden era of old-school cocktails in an American style diner at this award-winning bar.
150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
- The Everleigh is hosting a whisky masterclass in collaboration with Glenfiddich where you can sip and sample some of the best in the business. More info and tickets can be found here.
Eau-De-Vie’s Whisky Room: Eau-De-Vie’s set-up is prohibition-era inspired. You’ll find it behind a secret bookcase, revealing an intimate space perfect for sipping and sampling some of the world’s best.
1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne
STARWARD Distillery: All the cocktails here are designed to showcase STARWARD’s signature whisky or simply enjoy your STARWARD on its own.
50 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne
Cobbler: This Brisbane bar is all about its 400-strong whisky and cocktail list, so much so that it’s BYO food!
7 Browning Street, West End
Whisky Boy: 85 whiskies from across the world meet a modern Australian food offering at this Noosaville bar and restaurant.
10/203 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
- Whisky Boy is running a ‘Build your own Old Fashioned’ workshop as part of World Whisky Day. Learn the art of choosing whiskies, bitters and the perfect technique. More info and tickets can be found here.
The Gresham: History is at the crux of The Gresham, being the holder of the only Heritage Bar License in Queensland. Sip and sample on a huge variety of spirits, wines and international whiskies in their historical digs.
308 Queen Street, Brisbane
Bar Lafayette: Think dimly lit candles and a moody atmosphere at this classic artisan cocktail bar and kitchen in Perth.
125 Street, Georges Terrace
- Bar Lafayette is hosting ‘The Balvenie Meets Chocolate’ for World Whisky Day, pairing handmade chocolates with international premium whiskies – what more could you ask for?! More info and tickets can be found here.
The Dominion League: A quirky and playful bar and eatery that is heavy on the fine spirits, boasting over 260 varieties of whisky.
84 Beaufort Street, Perth
Varnish on King: The purveyors of some fine American whiskies, Varnish on King is a top pick for everything from spirits to diner-style eats and craft beer.
75 King Street, Perth
NEW SOUTH WALES:
Tokyo Bird: It’s one thing to be an expert in the whisky field, but Tokyo Bird is taking it one step further with their enormous collection of Japanese whiskies paired with yakitori eats.
Commonwealth Street and Belmore Lane, Surry Hills
- Tokyo Bird is hosting an entire day of whisky tasting for World Whisky Day. You’ll be treated to a six whisky-strong flight featuring Japanese drops. More info and tickets can be found here.
The Whisky Room at The Clock Hotel: You’ll find 100 of the world’s top whiskies at The Clock’s resident whisky room. Not to mention their passionate staff who are brimming with answers to all your whisky questions.
470 Crown Street, Surry Hills
The Baxter Inn: This speakeasy bar has fast become a staple in Sydney’s underground whisky scene. One look at its 800-strong whisky list makes it easy to understand why.
152 – 156 Clarence Street, Sydney
Grain: The bar at the Four Seasons Hotel boasts one of Australia’s largest whisky collections – there’s little wonder that it’s been decorated with a host of awards for excellence.
199 George Street, Sydney
The Roosevelt: The Roosevelt’s Bar is inspired by 1950s New York, decked out with an art deco fit-out and walls lined with bottle upon bottle of old-school whiskies.
32 Orwell Street, Potts Point
Bulletin Place: This funky CBD bar combines all the best bits of bars and leaves out the rest, like top quality drinks, good vibes and an ever-enthusiastic team.
10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney
Shady Pines Saloon: Hidden behind an unassuming door, Shady Pines is a country and western-style tavern, perfect for foot-stomping fun with a side of carefully crafted cocktails and whiskies.
4/256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Eau-De-Vie’s Whisky Room: think intimate, moody jazz bar with a menu brimming with world-class whiskies, and you’ll come close to Eau-De Vie’s resident whisky room.
229 Darlinghurst Road, Sydney
NOLA Craft Beer and Whiskey: Nola provides locals with a chance to sample independent whiskies from their menu of over 200 and craft brews, with 16 beers on tap.
28 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
Baddog Bar: Finding Baddog Bar isn’t as easy as entering it into Google Maps, but once you find it, it’ll be worth going the extra mile for a damn good cocktail and nip of premium whisky.
63 Hyde Street, Adelaide
Clever Little Tailor: It’s the sort of place you can’t just walk past, you’ve got to pop in and enjoy the atmosphere and a cocktail made with spirits from across the globe.
19 Peel Street, Adelaide
Bank Street Social: Far from your average dark and moody whisky bar, this hub for nightlife is all about premium spirits (heavy on the whiskies of course), dancing, South Australian wine and beers and live music.
48 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Maybe Mae: It may take a few tries to find Maybe Mae, but once you find it you’ll be going back time and time again. With a never-static menu, each time you visit will be different from the next.
15 Peel Street, Adelaide
The Collins Bar: A little on the modern side, The Collins Bar is a stylish take on your classic whisky bar without skimping on old-school quality.
233 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Hains & Co: Hains & Co takes the best of Melbourne’s laneway culture, shakes it up with Adelaide’s emerging bar scene and pours out a cocktail that you’ll want to keep drinking.
23 Gilbert Place, Adelaide
- Hains & Co is teaming up with The Balvenie for World Whisky day for a late-night shindig of tasting all the whiskies you could hope for from their extensive list. More info and tickets can be found here.
Society Salamanca: It’s not just acclaimed international whiskies that you’ll find at this Hobart bar, but cocktails, gins and whiskies made just a hop, skip and a jump away in Tassie.
22 Montpelier Retreat, Battery Point
Nant: Though just 4 years old, Nant Estate has taken on the global whisky stage. Pay a visit to the site of the magic happening and sample each bottle at the source.
254 Nant Lane, Bothwell
Bruny Island House of Whisky: Set against the stunning backdrop of Bruny Island, this whisky bar celebrates the very best of Tassie’s emerging single malt whisky industry.
360 Lennon Road, North Bruny Island
The Salamanca Whisky Bar: This hole-in-the-wall whisky bar has maintained a sense of being unpretentious while consistently offering top-notch booze, mostly from a Tasmanian background.
63 Woobys Lane, Battery Point