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The Baxter Inn

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Once the promenade around the Gould Street is over, visit The Baxter Inn. From the visitors' point of view, the schnitzel is good here. Don't forget to eat fantastic pretzels at this bar. You will be offered the amazing whiskey sour, fine craft beer and decent whisky. The staff is not always friendly, keep it in mind. According to the guests' opinions, the decor is awesome. Don't miss the perfect atmosphere here. The Frommer’s guide experts gave The Baxter Inn 3 stars and highlight it as an exceptional place.

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4.7 / 5
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111 reviews

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9.2 / 10
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113 reviews

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Found via a laneway that’s shared with The Barber Shop it’s easy to be fooled and find yourself in the wrong bar. Or it least I’ve been fooled before. Be careful. Another basement bar that you find by navigating a stairwell lined with beer kegs, the difference with this one is that it’s number 12 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list of 2016 (and has been on the list consistently since it opened five years ago). That makes it legitimately Australia’s best bar. The vibe is dark and moody, the 10-metre long bar is filled with hundreds of whiskies accessed via library ladders and there’s free pretzels. There’s also always a line. Despite the fact that it doesn’t open until 4pm, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a line at 9am. There’s no bookings, door lists, it’s just roll up and try your luck. This is where we ended my birthday bar crawl to end all bar crawls and it took 10 minutes to get a crew of 13 through the line at 8pm and then another 30 minutes to snag a table. Not bad considered this is Australia’s best bar. Found via a laneway that’s shared with The Barber Shop it’s easy to be fooled and find yourself in the wrong bar. Or it least I’ve been fooled before. Be careful. Another basement bar that you find by navigating a stairwell lined with beer kegs, the difference with this one is that it’s number 12 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list of 2016 (and has been on the list consistently since it opened five years ago). That makes it legitimately Australia’s best bar. The vibe is dark and moody, the 10-metre long bar is filled with hundreds of whiskies accessed via library ladders and there’s free pretzels. There’s also always a line. Despite the fact that it doesn’t open until 4pm, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a line at 9am. There’s no bookings, door lists, it’s just roll up and try your luck. This is where we ended my birthday bar crawl to end all bar crawls and it took 10 minutes to get a crew of 13 through the line at 8pm and then another 30...
It took us 3+ tries to find this place but it was worth it. Hint: it's downstairs and if you feel like you're in the wrong place, you're not. We wanted to go here since we are big bourbon fans and enjoy whisky bars. We also wanted to try some Japanese whisky which is uncommon in the US. When we walked in and started explaining to the bartender what we like and what we were looking for, he perked up and got enthusiastic about talking to other whisky snobs. He noted our American accents and stayed away from serving us common American bourbons that we could get anywhere at home which we appreciated. He steered us in the right direction and kept to our price point. I also ordered an old fashioned which was fantastic. Also, my husband got taken hostage by a guy talking his ear off at the bar so the bartender made polite conversation with me until my husband was able to escape the conversation. We will definitely return before we head home. A really cool spot if you enjoy whisky.
Best whiskey bar I have ever been to. Their selection is amazing and their staff know their stuff. A must visit for any tourist who likes their whiskey.

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Address

Basement 152-156 Clarence St., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Opening hours

Monday 16:00-01:00
Tuesday 16:00-01:00
Wednesday 16:00-01:00
Thursday 16:00-01:00
Friday 16:00-01:00
Saturday 16:00-01:00
Sunday Closed

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