Where: 92 Bathurst Rd, Katoomba
Open: Wed-Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10pm; Mon 5pm-midnight (closed Tue)
With an old-time western barroom ambience – check out those bentwood chairs – and a matching taste for whisky, the Bootlegger Bar is a must-visit for a tipple and a hearty feed. The bar occupies the famous art deco Niagara building on Bathurst Road, and specialises in American-style brisket, pulled pork and ribs as well as burgers. Whisky flights give you three themed whiskies to try: it’s an opportunity to expand your knowledge of bourbon, rye, Australian or Japanese whisky, sing malt Scotch or gin. Local products on the menus include wine from Megalong Creek Estate and Dryridge Estate, beer from Brew Mountains, and Grose Vale-distilled Karu Gin. Bookings are recommended here – especially if you’d like a good table to watch the live music acts that perform every weekend.
Make a weekend of it in Katoomba: Stay at elegant duplex Lurline Villas, halfway between the Three Sisters and Katoomba Town Centre. Brunch on the famous toasties at Frankly My Dear Coffee. Visit the ever-changing art exhibitions – or even get creative at a workshop – at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.