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A place for those who take their boozing seriously

Dark mysteries lie behind the heavy black curtain at the entrance to this masculine Russell Street den. Hundreds of whisky bottles glow behind the bar, but elsewhere the lamps are turned down low, so you may need the torch function on your phone to read the menu.

Once your eyes have refocused, you'll find an impressive line-up of single malts from around the world. Purists may prefer them straight up. For the rest of us, there are plenty of ways to imbibe. Boilermakers pair a pint of beer with a shot of whisky: perhaps a Feral Hop Hog with Limeburners Sherry Cask; or savour your favourite single malt with a glass of sherry on the side, the liquids riffing off one another's sweet, smoky, nutty notes. There are cocktails too, all designed to linger over, and expert staff who dispense drinking tips and chitchat in equal measure.

Updated on 4 Dec 2015.

By Sarah Gamboni   |   Photos by Graham Denholm

Whisky & Alement details

270 Russell St, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 9654 1284

Nearby Stations: Melbourne Central; Parliament

Open Tue-Fri 4pm-1am; Fri 4pm-3am; Sat 7pm-1am

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