All around the world we love celebrating anything and everything, so believe it or not, there is a World Whisky day and it’s on this Saturday 21st May! This weekend get together with some fellow whisk(e)y lovers and enjoy a dram or two. Sydneysiders love their whisky, so here is a list of whisky bars in Sydney that reeeeally know their stuff.
In honour of World Whisky Day, Tokyo Bird is offering whisky tasting flights this Saturday where you can try whisky from all over the world (unsurprisingly with a focus on Japan). Sip on some of the good stuff from Japan and then take your tastebuds on a trip to Ireland and end up in Scotland. There are a range of flights to choose from so head over to their website to book online now, as these are sure to book out!
The Whisky Room
Head to the Whisky Room at The Clock Hotel this World Whisky Day, and get ready for some good drams. You won’t feel like you’re in Sydney once you walk through those saloon doors and have over 100 whiskies to choose from. With delicious cocktails such as the Mars Tropical Mule made with Mars Whisky, or the Spritz in the East using Suntory Kakubin, you’re going to want to try them all (but we suggest you don’t do this all at once). Offering whisky flights for just $25, you can try three sips from around the world, which is perfect for whisky newbies or if you’re keen to try something new.
Flynn McLennan is the owner of Kagura, and is a master of all things cocktail and whisky. McLennan has refined his rare Japanese whisky collection, so you can partake in some amazing cocktails or simply enjoy on its own. The Pumpkin Pie Cocktail literally tastes like a piece of pumpkin pie and Japanese whisky blended together—and, believe it or not, actually works. Don’t forget to have a look at the food menu; they’ve even managed to infuse some whisky into the menu.
The Baxter Inn
This hidden bar in the CBD takes you underground into a whisky lover’s dream. Sure, The Baxter Inn doesn’t take bookings and can get pretty busy, but that adds to the whole character at this Sydney whisky bar. With over 300 whiskies on offer, the bartenders are here to help (thank goodness) and have some killer recommendations.
Boasting one of Australia’s largest whisky selections, Grain Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel, has a separate menu just for whisky! It’s split up into Scotch Single Malt and Rye Whisky and then again into regions which can initially be overwhelming, but the passionate bartenders are happy to run you through it. If you’re unable to enjoy a whisky on World Whisky Day, Grain Bar has Whisky Mondays, where you get 20% off whisky and also offer whisky flights for just $30.
The Wild Rover
This whisky bar is all about sharing the love of whiskey, booze and good times. The Wild Rover has 200 plus variations of whiskey, with the majority being Irish. Their spin on a classic Old Fashioned is Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey, homemade Guinness syrup and chocolate bitters, called the Auld Fashioned (ten points for the pun). For something a bit more exclusive, the Whiskey Co-Operative at the Rover offers monthly tastings and events just for members who get their own Whiskey Passport to track what drams they have tasted from the bar.
Eau de Vie
Eau De Vie is a cocktail bar in Sydney that can be a little hard to find, but it’s well worth it when you do. There is a whole menu dedicated to whisky from all around the world and, if you love whisky as much as they do, then you should definitely consider joining the Whisky Club where you can get 20% off all of their whiskies. Win!
More booze? Head to our Bars & Pubs section on the Directory.
Image credit: Daryl Kong at The Baxter Inn