Explore and Score. Our pick of the top whisky bars in Australia
Whisky Sours and Hot Toddies, Neat to an Old Fashioned or choose your own adventure with a Tasting Flight - no matter your whisky preference, there’s something for everyone. When it comes to some of the top whisky bars in the world, Australians are spoilt for choice. Keep scrolling for a curated list below of our favourites in your local city.
270 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Quenching Melbourne’s thirst since 2010, Whisky and Alement is an institution. Well-known for their large (and we mean huge) selection of whiskies from across the globe combined with knowledgeable staff ready to share their recommendations, this cosy bar serves as a gathering place for Melbourne’s after-work crowd, whisky aficionados and cocktail lovers alike.
152/156 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to find the metal door hidden in a small alley off Clarence Street. Venture down the stairs and be whisked away to a 1920s inspired American speakeasy. Named after a well-known racehorse, this popular bar takes you on a journey from the Highland to the Lowland, Speyside and across the Islands.
308 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
As one of Australia’s top award-winning bars for their whisky, cocktails and bartenders, The Gresham features iconic architectural design in Brisbane’s CBD. You only have to step foot in this place to see the passion the team has for whisky and creating an unforgettable experience, appreciating trends but never one to follow the crowd. Get in quick as this bar is first come, first served and fills up fast.
28 Vardon Ave, Adelaide SA 5000
Drawing inspiration from the bright colours and infectious music of New Orleans, NOLA pairs Creole and Cajun cuisine with whisky, independent craft beers and cocktails in the heart of Adelaide. Built with a focus on sustainability and on an ethos supporting the little guy, this new world bar certainly leans into the mantra “Laissez les bon temps rouler” or for those who don’t speak Cajun French, let the good times roll!
75 King St, Perth WA 6000
Fusing American classics with an Australian twist, Varnish on King leads the pack for innovation and alchemy. Colouring outside the lines, they've created the bacon and whisky flight…..yep, you read that right - four different styles of whisky teamed up with with four different styles of bacon for the ultimate flavour-rich experience. Bacon not your thing? Never fear. Flip through their extensive menu to find your favourite drop.
H2:18 Hunter St, Hobart TAS 7000
Experience Hobart’s historic waterfront at the luxurious Evolve Spirit Bar. Awarded Tasmania’s Cocktail Bar of the Year in 2021, it’s any wonder this bar is popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Celebrating local spirits and international treasures from modern day to centuries past. Swing by on Whisky Wednesday for a rare, unique or discount splash that changes month-to-month.