Sydney is well known for a lot of things, nightlife isn’t really one of them. But this is quickly changing. Springing up all over the city these days are a bunch of sophisticated, hidden bars. They are dethroning the ‘hotel’ pubs that have been swill houses for Australia’s hard-drinking culture for years. These new bars are very un-Sydney. Stepping inside will take you to the alleys of Melbourne, the underground bars of Chicago or the swanky streets of New York. Sydney is starting to find its personality, beyond the golden beaches and the Opera House. So if you’re in town and a whiskey drinker here is our list of the four best whiskey bars in Sydney.
Eau De Vie for rare whiskeys
The award winning Eau De Vie in Darlinghurst sits in an odd place. You’ll need to walk through another bar, past the toilets and deep into the back of the building to find this place. But it is one of the best whiskey bars in Sydney, so it’s worth it.
The who’s who of cocktail makers work in Eau De Vie. Expect to find both rare whiskeys and amazing cocktails.
The Baxter Inn – Sydney Speakeasy
The Baxter Inn is an amazing bar if you can find it and if you’re happy to open your wallet. You’ll find it tucked away down a grubby alleyway, down a staircase that looks like a basement entrance.
The wall of whiskey’s is staggering. They have a huge range of Irish and Scottish whiskeys. Ask for a recommendation as the selection is almost paralysing.
Make sure you have the money to spare, a low end whiskey (if they serve any) start around $14.
Stitch on York Street
Fan of a smokey Ardbeg? Stitch is the only bar in Sydney, and one of the very few around the world that’s been named an Ardbeg Embassy.
What does this mean? They search literally every variation of Ardbeg’s whiskey that there is to drink. This alone makes it one of the best whiskey bars in Sydney for me.
Grain Whiskey Bar
Attached to the Four Seasons Hotel next to Circular Quay this bar has one of the best selections of whiskey in the city. Not focused on any region it has whiskeys from all over the world.
Sit in front of the fireplace and relax with a whiskey and good conversation. If you’re travelling make sure you stroll down to Circular Quay after to see the beautiful lights around the harbour.
Want to see more of the best nightlife in Sydney?
You can check out more at our blog about the best night spots in Sydney.
If you’re in town and you want a local to introduce you to the best spots, check out a Sydney bar tour with a local guide.