About us

"...a light-filled, laid-back, specialist bar..." - Good Food

Established in 2016, Whisky Den was modeled after a hybrid of the tiny 'yokocho' alley bars of Japan and the Hutong bars of Beijing. We've scaled up (our capacity is 40, rather than 3-5), but retained that cozy feel. Our layout includes a large booth in the back and a couch-strewn mezzanine level, but the best seats in the house are at the bar. There you can chat with the staff about everything from the distillation process to the effects of climate on maturation.

Our bartenders are friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about whisky, and we're always happy to recommend a dram tailored to your taste and budget. We'll even curate a whisky flight specifically for you. Our ever-expanding list currently boasts around 370 expressions, so there's something for everyone - see our sample menu for more info.

Please note: due to our size, our evening trade is walk-in only. If you would like to schedule a set tasting we have afternoon bookings available. Email us for more info at whiskyden@yahoo.com, or using the contact form below. 

We're open from noon, daily. Come in during the day for an even more personalised experience!  


"Don't be fooled by it's miniature digs - this Japanese drinking den houses an encyclopedic range." - City of Melbourne



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"There's a genuine desire here to get you drinking something you can afford that you've never tried before." 

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"Whisky Den is small, there's no getting around it [...] but that intimacy actually fosters conversation."

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"Staff are extremely knowledgeable and there's a complete lack of pretension."

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Drop in for a dram!

We're located just up from the Forum Theatre, between Culture Kings and Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen.

Whisky Den

2B/27 Russell Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia

03 9650 1570 whiskyden@yahoo.com


Sunday - Thursday: 12pm - 12am

Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 1am

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