13 Melbourne places to celebrate World Whisky Day

Cheers to World Whisky Day. Photo: iStock

Cheers to World Whisky Day. Photo: iStock

World Whisky Day is Saturday, May 20, and a number of venues are celebrating special deals, special cocktails, deconstructed cocktails, whisky flights, boilermakers and more!

Boilermaker House

An American-style speakeasy with a drool-worthy collection of 700 malt whiskies, Boilermaker House picked up the gong for Australia’s Best New Bar 2015 at the Australian Bar Awards last year.

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Whisky and Alement 

Russell Street drinking den Whisky and Alement boasts a lineup of more than 400 bottles of whisk(e)y. The menu is constantly evolving, with the team often scouring the globe and adding about 10 new bottles a week. The bar’s maestros also run a School of Whisky with regular tasting sessions and events.

Read TWR‘s review of the School of Whisky here.

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Starward Whisky at New World Whisky Distillery 

At nine years old, Starward is a relative baby in the whisky world but it’s just won Best Australian Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards in the UK. Find out what all the fuss is about: taste their wares and take a tour of their New World Whisky Distillery in Essendon Fields.

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PJ O’Brien’s

Like your whiskey accompanied by live music and freshly shucked oysters?
Then PJ O’Brien’s is the spot for you. PJ’s also hosts regular whisky tasting events, which sell out quickly, so be sure to book ahead.

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The Noble Experiment

1920s prohibition-era cool, and cocktails with a side of theatre take your Saturday night drinks to the next level at The Noble Experiment.

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Woods of Windsor

Woods of Windsor has an extensive menu of whisky flights, which are great for those wanting to get to know particular regions in more depth. From Islay to Speyside, Japanese, Irish and American, there’s something to satisfy every taste.

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Perennial favourite 1806 never fails to serve up a classy cocktail, but their list of more than 110 whiskies from around the globe is nothing to sniff at, either.

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Celebrate World Whisky Day by sipping on deconstructed cocktail, the ‘Garden of Eden’ at Melbourne lounge and restaurant, Dutchess.

The cocktail itself is a base of Fireball cinnamon whisky, dark rum, vanilla sugar syrup and half an ounce of lemon juice served in a glass that has been infused with smoke from singed cinnamon sticks.

Served on a board with an array of accompaniments including sliced apple segments, spoons of cinnamon sugar and honey, a wedge of lime and a syringe of cinnamon syrup, the ‘Garden of Eden’ creates a fun and interactive experience that allows you to customise the taste of the cocktail to your liking.

The ‘Garden of Eden’ will be available for the week leading up to World Whisky Day and is part of a selection of deconstructed cocktails that rotate weekly at Dutchess.

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Melbourne’s oldest licensed pub, The Duke, will serve whisky tasting flights in the Wine Bar on Level One.

Sink bank in one of the sumptuous leather booths and enjoy three different premium whiskys for $20 while overlooking The Forum and Fed Square. (Available from 15th-21st May.)

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505 Cellar

Craft beer and wine hub, 505 Cellar will celebrate World Whisky Day with a selection of $18 boilermakers available on Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21st May.

Matching premium Scotch whisky with Hawthorn Brewing Co. beer, pairings on offer will include Glenkinchie with Hawthorn Pilsner, Cragganmore with Hawthorn Golden Ale and Talisker Port Ruighe with Hawthorn Amber Ale.

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Tommy Ruff Fish Bar

The team at Tommy Ruff will be mixing things up with the Captain Ruff cocktail, created specifically to celebrate the honorary whisky day. The bespoke drink sees whisky, cointreau, lemon and ginger ale, orange bitters and Pok Pok pomegranate vinegar unite, garnished with rosemary and mixed berries. It’s ideal for Saturday sipping alongside a tasty seafood feast.

Tommy Ruff Captain Ruff cocktail. Photo: Supplied

Tommy Ruff Captain Ruff cocktail. Photo: Supplied


Uncle is the perfect spot to celebrate World Whisky Day, with the team serving their signature Rock ‘n’ Rye cocktail for weekend cheers-ing. It combines Rittenhouse rye with spiced rock sugar syrup, orange bitters, pink grapefruit bitters and angostura bitters. The spiced rock sugar syrup adds an asian twist, infused with cassia bark for a rich, herbaceous flavour. The Rock n Rye cocktail is available at both Collins St and St Kilda venues, for $19.50.

Uncle's signature Rock 'n' Rye cocktail. photo: Supplied

Uncle’s signature Rock ‘n’ Rye cocktail. photo: Supplied


With an array of boutique liquors to choose from and an in-house whisky locker in the upper cocktail saloon for safe keeping, Windsor’s new local is the perfect spot to cosy up by the fireplace this World Whisky Day.

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