Cobbler in Brisbane’s West End is one of those cocktail and whisky bars you must seek on your first visit to Brisbane.
There’s no sign for the entrance. You’ll find it along Browning Street, a world away from the colourful mix of casual dining, bars and shops that line up Boundary Street and the boisterous Melbourne Hotel across the road.
Inside the warmly-lit venue with striking caged lighting, a bike hanging from the wall, an assorted collection of Chesterfield, chairs and lounges, a mezzanine level with graffiti-style artwork, the eye is immediately drawn to the ceiling high wall of whiskies that span the globe including the Laphroaig corner wall.
Take a seat at the pressed metal bar, marvel at the whisky collection as you choose your next dram, sink into one of the lounges with your whisky of choice, or perch on the high tables as you sip on cocktails with friends.
The whisky list is over 400 strong and lists the drams under regions with a one line descriptor, the ABV and whether it’s recommended for Beginners, Tasting Level, Master Level or Bartender’s Friend – a six page menu that would please anyone from the whisky novice to the whisky nerd.
When it comes to cocktails, you’ll find barred aged sazeracs, coolers, corpse revivers, Tiki cocktails and drinks that feature fruits that are in season. The cocktail list is by all means eclectic and at the time of visit, the drinks were named after the 1988 movie, Die Hard with the likes of John McClane, a perfect balance of Talisker 10 yo, Delord Fine Armagnac, peppermint tea, rosemary syrup, lavender bitters and lemon twist.
Should you feel hungry, Cobbler doesn’t serve any food but offers a BYO Food option where local eateries such as Little Greek Taverna next door will deliver to you.
Whether it’s whisky, cocktails or both, the first visit will only serve to bring you and your friends back for more.
Address: 7 Browning Street, Brisbane West End, Queensland
Hours: Monday: 5pm-1am; Tuesday-Thursday: 4pm-1am; Friday-Saturday: 4pm-2am; Sunday: 4pm-1am
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