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Score a nip of the world's most awarded whiskies at these dynamite Sydney bars

We're talking Pappy Van Winkle and highlights from Buffalo Trace Distillery's coveted Antique Collection

Pappy Van Winkle collection at Webster's Commercial
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Sydney’s in no short supply of killer hangouts spruiking top-flight whiskies from all over the world, but a select few take it the extra mile. We’re talking places that offer the best of the best, the hard-to-get-your-hands-on stuff that makes collectors weak in the knees – like a nip of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Kentucky Straight Bourbon from Buffalo Trace, the world’s most awarded distillery. It’s a bottle that’ll set you back $3,500 at the shop, and only 30 of them make it Down Under each year. Pull up a stool at one of these excellent bars, order a pour and raise your glass to being among the select few lucky enough to taste it.

Where to get your hands on Pappy Van Winkle and other top drops in Sydney

Pappy Van Winkle collection at Webster's Commercial
Photograph: Supplied/Buffalo Trace Distillery
Bars

Webster's

Newtown

Whether you’re after a flight of old and rare drams, something extra special for 20 percent off on whisky Wednesdays or a browse through their personal collection, the 700-strong stockpile at this Newtown mainstay has you covered. Stay tuned for Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection dinners at Webster’s this year.

Someone holding a flight of whiskey in tasting glasses
Photograph: Supplied/NOLA Smokehouse
Restaurants, American

NOLA Smokehouse and Bar

Barangaroo

This Barangaroo bar and barbecue specialist takes its cues from the American South and boasts a whopping selection of more than 600 whiskies, with an emphasis on sought-after and extra-premium releases, like EH Taylor Small Batch, from the top distillers in the US of A.

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Bartender preparing cocktails at Shady Pines
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Bars

Shady Pines Saloon

Darlinghurst

Bluegrass tunes, taxidermy and peanut shells galore set the scene for a good old-fashioned Bourbon session at this Darlinghurst institution – be it a nip of Buffalo Trace or Eagle Rare, straight up, over ice or served tall with their trademark freshly squeezed apple juice.

Two cocktails on a table at the Big Easy
Photograph: Supplied/The Big Easy
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Big Easy

Darlinghurst

Be it inside or out, upstairs or down, the take-it-easy vibe is always in the air at this newcomer on the buzzy Stanley Street strip. Rejigged New Orleans cocktail classics are the calling card here, like the namesake Big Easy Fizz, starring Sazerac rye and finished with citrus, dry ginger ale and a sprig of rosemary.

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Restaurants, Steak house

The Gidley

Sydney

The basement space that used to house Subsolo is now a swanky supper club of sorts named after Governor Philip Gidley King, decked it out with a scheme that’s part colonial Australia, part stately European hotel. Meat is the star of the short and snappy menu here, and they are harking back to an era when drinks were stiff and proper, with an extensive list of bourbon whiskey. 

Stuart Morrow at The Baxter Inn
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Baxter Inn

Sydney

There’s no stash of barrel-aged spirits in Sydney quite like the Baxter Inn’s, which now hovers at close to 1,000 bottles. Step down into this schmick subterranean hideaway and let the experts behind the stick introduce you to some prized possessions like Elmer T Lee Single Barrel or WL Weller’s Special Reserve wheated Bourbon.

Learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery

Bottles of Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbon and rye
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Get acquainted with the world’s most awarded distillery

Not only has Buffalo Trace Distillery been producing bourbon whiskey for more than 200 years, but it’s been taking home awards for more than 150 of them and now stands tall as the most decorated distillery on the planet. The family-owned operation’s portfolio includes some of the most storied brands in the business, like Pappy Van Winkle, George T Stagg, EH Taylor, WL Weller and Elmter T Lee among them. Some of these bottles will set you back as much as $3,500, but even the more accessible labels in the repertoire stand out. 

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