Winter is coming, so you’re going to need a steady supply of fine whiskey to warm yourself. Luckily, we’ve picked out some of Melbourne’s finest whiskey establishments!
If you’re reading this, you’re probably a whiskey fan. If you’re a whiskey fan, you’ll probably fancy the choice of over 450 different types available at Whiskey and Alement. It’s one of only two Aussie bars to serve whiskeys crafted by the exclusive Scotch Malt Whisky Society, so it’s not to be missed by any true whiskey connoisseur! And make sure to try the De Rigueur while you’re there. Balvenie 12 Year Double Wood mixed with lemon, honey and grapefruit? Sounds wonderful! Find out more
“Love whisky? Then without a doubt this is the place for you. It has a nice atmosphere and serves the best whisky in Melbourne. The staff are all very friendly and welcoming and the location is pretty good so you can meet some nice new people there. Overall a must visit for the whisky lovers and you’ll find the drinks fairly priced.” – L.Helms
The individual whiskey selection here is vast, but The Woods of Windsor’s real draw is the “whiskey flights”. These handy sets let you sample the delights of a specific whiskey region, and we’d heartily recommend the Islay one. That’s Bunnahabhain, Lagavulin and Ardbeg Corryvreckan, and it’s very good stuff. Oh, and try the pulled venison sliders while you’re there – you won’t regret it! Find out more
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Japan isn’t often the first place that springs to mind when you think “whisky”, but the fairy-lit Heirloom restaurant is determined to change that. You’ve got countless Japanese whiskies to choose from here, so we’d suggest a flight. The ‘Tour of Suntory’ features Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki, all aged 12 years and ready to warm the cockles of your heart. Find out more
“I absolutely loved my vegetarian degustation menu. Service and ambience were also fabulous.” – JazzieJ
While it happily revels in the festive, circus-filled past of Prince’s Court, Waterslide Bar certainly doesn’t muck about when it comes to whiskey. There’s a veritable atlas to choose from, but we always like to go for some good, old-fashioned, pre-prohibition rye whiskey. Michter’s US1 Sour Mash comes straight from the noble state of Pennsylvania and into your glass. Bottoms up, friends! Find out more
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Not many places can claim to have 700 malt whiskeys looming over the bar but Boilermaker House is proudly one of them. Trying to pick a single drink is pretty overwhelming (although the Glenlivet 21 is perfect for those special occasions), but the friendly experts behind the bar are always delighted to help. The sheer spectacle of this place isn’t to be missed either, with various sprawling spaces and funky nooks to investigate. Find out more