Best Whisky Bars in Melbourne

Updated 9 months ago


Melbourne has really lifted its whisky game of late. At the top bars, it's not uncommon to find four, five or even six hundred bottles in stock. Some of the rarer labels can be hard for the average consumer to acquire: they need to be bought at auction, or claimed with a deposit before they've even left the barrel.

Of course, getting the whisky (or "whiskey" if it comes from America or Ireland) is only half the job. All the bars on this list have the service, knowledge and ambience to back it up. Get sipping.

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  • Melbourne's first serious whisky bar and still a contender for the best.

  • Whisky and Alement's quieter upstairs sibling.

  • Devoted to the dangerously good pairing of beer and whisky known as a Boilermaker.

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  • 280 bottles, many of them rare or one-offs.

  • A CBD-quality bar in the suburbs? Believe it.

  • Better known as a beer bar. Shouldn't be.

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  • This former theatre restaurant packs 110 whiskies, and it knows how to use them.

  • Moody blues and dark spirits rule at this cavernous, below-ground bar. Descend the stairs on Driver Lane for an extensive cocktail list, short-order French snacks and fancy toasties served till extra late. Or proceed to the intimate whisky cellar for a private tasting.

  • Packed with obscure Irish whiskeys; and literature to borrow or buy.

  • Nominally it's a wine bar, but Strangeloves regulars know about its handy list of 40 or so whiskies, replete with individual tasting notes. Most come from Scotland, but there's also a good number from Japan, Australia, Ireland and the US.