Whisky Den, Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | Whisky Den opened in 2016, modelled after a hybrid of the tiny ‘yokocho’ alley bars of Japan and the Hutong bars of Beijing. While not quite as small as those bars (there’s a capacity of 40 across the front space, rear, and mezzanine), it certainly captures the spirit of them.

It’s an intimate space, with a focus on showcasing the best whisky at all price points, from around the world. Almost 400 bottles of the stuff line the back and side of the bar, tended by friendly, and extremely knowledgeable staff with a real passion for the golden elixir.

The menu is sorted by region, starting in Australia before moving on to Ireland, Canada, the USA, Japan, India, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Scotland. There’s a small selection of classic whisky cocktails (the old fashioned and Sazerac are excellent), beer, wine, and other spirits rounding things off.

There’s a genuine desire by the bartenders to get you drinking something that’s right for you. On my most recent visit, I overheard conversations being had by those behind the bar with seasoned experts discussing rare bottles, and with someone new to whisky, looking to try the spirit for the first time. Both patrons were made to feel equally welcome, without an air of pretention.

For food, it’s a small selection of snacks Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen next door.

Whisky Den

2B/27 Russell Street
Victoria 3000

Telephone: (03) 9650 1570
E-mail: [email protected]

Sun – Thu: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 1:00am

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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