Melbourne's best whisky bars

If you prefer your daily dose of grains in distilled form, then these are the bars for you


This jazzy back-alley speakeasy has a whisky library and right now, its own whisky. Bar manager Greg Sanderson just created a special blend with Bakery Hill for their Bobby Burns cocktail. Melbourne.

The Woods of Windsor

Chapel Street's become a classy place to drink again, and that’s hugely thanks to this great bar. The single malts and Whisky Macs (50-50 whisky and Stone’s Ginger Wine) are as good as the taxidermy and pork hock fritters. Windsor.

Whisky and Alement

The folks at the-bar-formerly-know-as-Chez-Regine know whisky. They've got almost 450 of 'em casting an amber glow on the bar along with a cask. They're the only bar licensed to sell the prestigious Scotch Malt Society's rare whiskies by the nip too - single cask numbers with excellent names like Pregnancy Tea Mix. Melbourme.

Cure Bar and Eatery

Cheese, cured meats, open fire and whisky? Colour us sold. Leigh Oliver is a whisky fanatic and a straight up dude. His collection includes bottles of gear from distilleries long closed down, and his bar (run with Tom Daniels) is the kind of place where rocking up solo for a Boilermaker (a dram with a beer chaser) is OK, and encouraged. Carlton.

Bill's Bar

Inside Huxtaburger, once you’ve ventured past the counter, the queues lining the counter, the burgers and the fridge, you’ll find a bar. And inside that bar, you'll find jazz, dusky lighting, and an bunch of whisky for $9 a measure and Murray's Whale Ale for chasers. Boom. Collingwood.

Baranows Lounge

Leather lounges; poker on Mondays and cigars that you can smoke inside. This is a proper old world whisky den. Get premium membership and you’ll get your own whisky locker. On July 2, they’re hosting a Jack Daniel's night for American Independence Day. Hawthorn.

First published on 28 Aug 2012. Updated on 15 Apr 2014.

By Tash Dominey   |  

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