Whisky – or whiskey, depending on where it hails from – is revered by many as being an elixir from the Gods. With various countries producing bottles with flavours and aromas unique to their origin, searching for and sampling the liquid gold is a passion shared by many.
Australia shows a particular affinity for whisky and has distilleries dotted around the country producing some of the finest examples in the world. However, even we can admit that some of the best whiskies need to come from overseas and the best way to try them is by visiting a dedicated whisky bar.
And where can you find such wondrous whisky bars? In Brisbane of course. All of Australia’s major cities have their own take on what the classic whisky bar should be and we think Brisbane has nailed it with their selection. Naturally, you can expect to find a great selection of whisky at any of Brisbane’s coolest restaurants, bars and even cocktail bars, but for bartender knowledge and variety, only a whisky bar will do.
So, get yourself a taxi, head into town and make your way through the coolest whisky bars Brisbane has to offer.
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Naked Whisky Bar
Address: 640 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, 4102
Phone: 07 3391 1413
The Gresham Bar
The bar itself is one that welcomes anyone and everyone, with no strict dress code. It's certainly one of the best bars in Brisbane hands-down and you simply have to pay a visit.
Address: 308 Queen Street, Brisbane, 4000
Phone: 0437 360 158
Malt Bar & Dining
Address: 28 Market Street, Brisbane City, 4000
Phone: 07 3236 4855
Regardless, if you're a lover of all things single malt then you simply cannot pass on this CBD gem. Through their passion and dedication to whisky, Malt Traders has been able to strike up relationships with suppliers that enable them to procure some of the finest whiskies of the world, including limited releases from speciality suppliers. If you have a favourite and they for some reason don't stock it, they'll be able to get it, and staff are all whisky-mad, so will happily talk to you about your mutual love affair.
Address: 10 Market Street, Brisbane, 4000
Phone: 07 3236 4855
Old Bill's Bar
Address: 391 Main Road, Wellington Point, 4160
Phone: 07 3207 2511
Mrs J. Rabbits
Address: 23 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, 4102
Phone: 07 3891 2316
Death & Taxes
Death & Taxes offers punters a, and we can't stress this enough, huge selection of whisky to try. And with the bar being designed in such a way so that it feels warm, welcoming and entirely approachable, we rekon you'll be back for repeat visits to make your way through the lot.
Address: 36 Burnett Lane, Brisbane City, 4000
Phone: 0428 964 197
Fortunately, the staff know a thing or two about their stock, so will happily guide you through the tumultuous world of whisky and recommend a few they know you'll love.
Address: 7 Browning Street, West End, 4101
Phone: 0455 686 968