The country's officially open for business again. Bars across Australia have pried open their doors and are welcoming punters back with open arms. To celebrate, we’re checking out the top 12 whisky bars in Australia, just in times for the holidays. So grab a dram, have a read, then get your mates together to plan your next whisky bar crawl. And guess what — these top whisky bars are in our network of clubhouses. That means when you flash your digital Membership card at the bar, you get 20% off drams.
New South Wales
Eau de Vie Sydney
229 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Eau de Vie is one of Sydney’s most iconic venues — there’s a good reason for that, too. It’s got all the hallmarks of a classic speakeasy and it’s jam-packed with the best malts from across the globe, including some of the most hard-to-find whiskies in the country.
Your non-whisky drinking mates won’t be disappointed either — the drinks offering is top-notch and its cocktail menu is world-class. Intimate and dimly lit, this jazz-infused speakeasy is hidden inside the Kirketon Hotel. You need to check this place out.
The Baxter Inn
152-156 Clarence St, Sydney
With a world-class whisky collection and a relaxed atmosphere, The Baxter Inn is a whisky-lovers Shangri La. With a jaw-dropping range of malts, it frequently tops best-bar lists across the globe. Head in to see why — that’s once you find it, of course.
In true speakeasy style, The Baxter Inn is in a basement tucked away down a network of alleyways. The whisky list features close to 800 whiskies to choose from, but don’t worry, if you’re a little overwhelmed by the selection the super helpful staff are happy to point you in the right direction. Oh, did we mention there’s a whisky room concealed in the cellar? Go forth, whisky lovers.
267 Cleveland St, Redfern
A little slice of Valhalla in New South Wales — who doesn’t love a good viking-themed restaurant and whisky bar? This underground venue is split into three spaces: a restaurant, a private dining area and a whisky bar with 450 whiskies to choose from. Yes, please.
Meat lovers will be impressed by the whole-animal carvery. Vegetarians not so much.
Nick and Nora’s, Parramatta
The Roosevelt, Potts Point
Esquire Drink and Dine, Sydney