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“Hidden Whiskey Heaven”
Review of The Baxter Inn

The Baxter Inn
Ranked #4 of 6,032 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: After-hours
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Reviewed 28 May 2014

If you don't know where it is you may never find it. Definitely ensure you have clear directions into the correct alleyway and non-descript doorway. If you do manage to find this little gem, you'll find a wall of whiskey in this prohibition-themed paradise.

It's small, busy, somewhat pricey, but totally worth the experience and feeling it gives you. Worth the hunt to find it, and worth the cost for an excellent selection of your favourite juice.

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This hard to find underground whiskey pub is awesome. Old Fashioned done properly and a stock of 300+ whiskeys. A bit expensive as expected but worth it.

1  Thank Karlekvist
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Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

The barman (they all have beards - I can't warn you who it was) made truly the worst cocktail I have ever ordered. He tasted it, made a disgusted face and then served it to me.
So bad I put pretzels in it in an attempt to improve it.

Avoid unless you want to be ignored while some barely legal girls get all the attention and you are served very slowly the worst drink of your life.

They only have 5 cocktails on their menu. Between us we tried 2. They both tasted disgusting

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3  Thank Kate L
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Introduced to Baxter's by a friend a while ago and kept coming back. This place is awesome. Best bar in Sydney IMHO. The ambience of the basement setting with lots of people chatting away with some great beats in the background. Service staff are terrific and know their craft very well. Pretzels are a nice touch. Selection of whiskies is down right amazing. Great fun when exploring new drinking options. They also do some great other non-whisky drinks. I recommend the Southside during the warmer months. Only down side is that as Baxters is so good, it does get quite busy rather quickly. One of the few places in Sydney where the time in the queue is worth the wait. Can be a little hard to find for people who have never been there before.

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Thank WhiteKnightDBS
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

If you were told to meet up with someone & the entrance happened to be in a dark back alley with no lights no signs, leading down into a basement via a fire stairwell, most normal people would probably think you were a rapist.

A themed bar with a secret entrance without any signs gives this hidden establishment a special charm once you realise its not a swingers club. A long bar manned by staff with bow ties guarding a wall filled with so much whiskey that requires a ladder to reach with Jazz music in the background, soft lighting & wooden panels give this bar an aged look making it is easy to forget that it is all made-up. It has those idiosyncrasies that city hipsters love like its relative secret location, underground vibe, intimate floor space & its soft light candle-lit ambience is something different. Single malt liquor & old American boxing pictures aren’t topic’s many people could discuss in detail but the atmosphere here is always vibrant & its 1930’s theme is part of the charm which makes it worth waiting up to 30mins outside a back alley for.

With over 350 whiskey’s on offer not including tap beer, wines & ports they try to please everybody but if your into the rice wine peasant farmers enjoy after a gruelling harvest or south Pacific kava on a humid summer night you will be disappointed, maybe you can reminisce about your worldly travels over a whiskey on the rocks. Strictly no food is served here making this a pure drinking establishment, pretzels on request. Having so many obscure whiskey brands not found at your Woolies supermarket I would think many of the people who pretend to like the unpronounceable single-malts from Iceland or back streets of Belfast as fools shoring up their street cred. It’s a good place to try something new & to enjoy the company of friends, don’t get caught up in the whole fake cool hipster thing its superficial. Whether standing around the wall benches, watching the action at the bar or lucky enough to score a table it’s a pretty good place if you can get in.

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Thank The_Pale_Ridah
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