From flavouring creamy cheesecake to lighting a fire in your belly, is there anything that whisky can’t do? We put that question to the test and found the most wonderful whisky hot spots you need to check out in Melbourne.
Winter whisky bars
Whisky and Alement
If you thought you were a Whisky connoisseur before, wait until you visit Whisky and Alement. An ever changing menu of over 1000 whiskies is on offer, from the classics right through to some of the rarest varieties in the world. Take a journey to the whisky equivalent of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and let their charming staff guide you to the ultimate taste.
If a few of your favourite things include whisky, cheese and charcuterie, don’t scroll any further – Boilermaker House is about to become your best friend. With over 700 whiskies on offer, you’ll find the perfect pairings and taste flavour combinations from around the world.
The Whisky Boutique
Did somebody say “bespoke whisky”? That’s right, The Whisky Boutique is a lounge dedicated to experiencing whisky from all over the world. From some of the most famous single malts to the more obscure small-batch brands, everything is available to sample or buy.
With food served until 11pm Monday to Saturday, Saving Grace is an indulgence utopia where international whiskies and classic cocktails reign supreme. The cosy diner bar is nestled at the bottom of an unassuming office block, but don’t be fooled by its understated simplicity. Here you can combine your favourite whisky with a classic burger or be adventurous and try something new – you’ll be delighted either way.
Eau de Vie
If you’re a cocktail drinker with a soft spot for theatre, Eau de Vie is the place for you. Their ‘Smokey Rob Roy’ cocktail is the most famous (and most ordered) whisky cocktail at this theatrical establishment, where patrons are transported back to a forgotten era of great service, tommy guns and good times. Foodies and whisky lovers alike should try their five-course degustation meal, which combines refined food, top-notch cocktails and thrilling theatre.
Why spend all your money on flights to Japan when you can simply go to Flinders lane. HiHou is an elegant Japanese bar and lounge serving whisky, shochu, umeshu (Japanese plum wine), sake and cocktails. If you’ve been to the best bars in Tokyo before, you’ll find that HiHou recreates the atmosphere perfectly. And if you’ve never travelled there, no need! Everything you’re looking for is right here.
Market Lane Bar
A combination of vintage whisky bar, New York supper club and sleek modern speakeasy, Market Lane Bar is located beneath the glass atrium of the Rialto. Pull up a chair and relax to the sounds of live jazz with one of their 130 whiskies in hand. It’s the perfect place to meet a friend, go for after work drinks or on a romantic date, with an abundance of delicious food and high tea options to choose from.
Winter whisky events
Whisky inspired High Tea
If you’re a social butterfly with a sweet tooth, get your ticket to Epic Catch’s whisky-inspired high tea on Saturday 11 August at 2pm. You’ll get sweet and savoury delights like homemade scones with whisky-infused cream and Laphroaig whisky marmalade, Edradour Whisky Cream cheesecake and more.
Inspired by the cult film Lost in Translation, Rye July will be a month-long, whisky-fuelled homage to the Coppola classic. Visit Supernormal on Flinders Lane for cinematic cocktails, menu additions and tastings.
Blues in the Basement
Every Friday and Sunday evening this winter, catch some of Melbourne’s best live blues music at Beneath Driver Lane, an underground bar with a great whisky range. If you’re feeling luxurious then order one of their high end whiskys and sip it inside the exclusive Benromach Whisky Vault, an invite only room hidden away for the most serious whisky admirers.
Please drink responsibly.