Jameson recently hosted a one-day festival called JJ's Place filled with live music, exclusive beer and whiskey tastings and delicious snacks headlined by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.
The festival launched Jameson Caskmates IPA editions, a blended Irish whiskey finished in IPA beer barrels. The hoppy, smooth whiskey was served up the way it is best enjoyed, with fresh lemon and tonic. Other delicious selections from the Jameson Caskmates family include the stout with soda and orange; the hard shandy; and a limited edition Young Henrys Irish pale ale boilermaker.
The festival may be over but still have a chance to try Jameson Caskmates IPA editions at the following great Melbourne whiskey bars. Just tell 'em JJ sent you.
EDV continues to be one of the busiest cocktail bars in town due to its ability to transport you out of the modern day and into the charms of yesteryear. But it isn’t just the jazzy soundtrack, private booths and staff clad in waistcoats that are the drawcard. EDV backs it up with some serious drinks and also a bit of flair. There is even the opportunity to purchase your own bottle, should you be particularly taken with a whisky, for future consumption whenever you’re on site.
If whisky and an ever-evolving roster of craft beers on tap sounds like your bag, then Boilermaker House should be your port of call. It’s home to one of the largest collections of whisky in Melbourne, boasting a library of 700 offerings. You’ll be amongst a lot of city workers after knocking off time finding solace in a whisky or a beer or both, and groups of bros nerding out on a bit of whisky education. Whisky flights are also available daily, and they do a mean Irish coffee using Jameson whiskey.
The team behind Eau De Vie and Boilermaker House have duplicated their Viking-inspired bar from Sydney in the old Nieuw Amsterdam site. The ground floor is a meat-heavy restaurant, and the basement, a bar. Be prepared to drink some beer out of a horn, or a Viking-themed cocktail such as the 'Raider' – Jameson whiskey, Diplomatico rum, Plantation OP, pineapple syrup and lactart.
Curtin House is frankly ridiculous, brimming over as it is with a host of outstanding bars and club spaces. The Toff in Town is one of the swankiest joints in the building. Climb the stairs and you'll find a private booth bar to the left and the excellent band space to the right. This cosy little red curtained room has hosted a wealth of talent, both home and from far away. It's a decadent haunt, and one that reeks of character in an already vibrant Melbourne scene.