Aimee O'Keefe

7 Best Whisky Bars in Canberra | Man of Many

  • Best for Cocktails: Molly
  • Best for Atmosphere: Akiba
  • Best for Late Night Drinks: Hippo Co
  • Best for Whisky SelectionVolstead Repeal
  • Best of Canberra Whisky Bars

    An unpretentious, hole-in-the-wall bar with some of the finest whisky in Canberra? We’re sold. The skilled bartenders also make some killer cocktails, and with live jazz tunes floating in the background, we don’t think there’s a better way to spend an evening in the nation’s capital. What sets Molly apart from other whisky bars in Canberra is the distinct speakeasy vibes.

    1. Molly

    Another hotspot serving up jazzy tunes and delicious whisky is Hippo Co, loved by Canberrans and visitors alike. They pride themselves on their old-school charm, complete with the decor, menu and prohibition-era vibes. It’s the perfect spot for a drink alone, with so much to soak up you don’t even need the company to keep you entertained.

    2. Hippo Co

    If you like your whisky with a side of specialist knowledge, look no further than Volstead Repeal for one of the best whisky bars in Canberra offering premium whisky education. For just $70 per person, you can enjoy a guided tour through their extensive whisky collection with an in-house whisky specialist. Learn how to really appreciate whisky.

    3. Volstead Repeal

    New kid on the block, Akiba, is well and truly making its mark. Less of a whisky bar and more of a restaurant with an incredible selection of booze, this venue is primed for your next event. Not only does it have an impressive collection of whisky up for grabs, but it also offers pretty much every other spirit and cocktail you could dream of. If you’re feeling hungry, it serves up delicious Asian fusion eats and it even has DJs on the weekends, just in case you needed any more convincing.

    4. Akiba

    High Jinks is one of the best whisky bars in Canberra if you can’t go past a good cocktail. Along with an extensive menu, and live tunes, the dark, moody interior provides the perfect backdrop to an unforgettable evening. Our suggestion? Come here for date night and you won’t be disappointed.

    5. High Jinks

    This Canberra bar is inspired by all things that defined soul, groove and rock and roll during the golden ages of music, and it shows itself in the drinks and all-around good vibes. Order an old-school tipple and some pizza and let the music take you away. We can’t go past the Monte Carlo cocktail.

    6. Blackbird bar

    Lilotang is Canberra’s very own version of a Japanese whisky bar, making it one of the best whiskey bars in Canberra. With an extraordinary collection of 80 whisky labels, you will be overwhelmed with choice here. Plus, they serve up delicious modern takes on Japanese cuisine, what more could you want?

    7. Lilotang

    Man of Many’s list of the best whisky bars in Canberra comes from years of service as Australia’s premier digital publisher for all things whisky. We know what to look for in a great whisky bar after trekking our way around the country and drinking the best drams from all the land, however, we’ve also taken into account user reviews from Google, Opentable, and Zomato. Before adding any Canberra whisky bar to this list we’ve taken a long hard look at their list of cocktails, snacks, and most importantly, whiskies, before combining our thoughts in one list.

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