J&M Whisky Bar Sydney

Sydney’s themed bars continue to grow the recent opening of J&M whisky bar by Merivale in the heart of the CBD.

J&M Sydney

Take the steep steps up a narrow staircase to the level 2 of the Angel Hotel and you’ll find yourself in a whisky den with subdued mood lighting, Chesterfield sofas, a long glass bar and “The Sidecar”, a drinks trolley that is a collaboration between Jim Meehan of PDT and Moore & Giles.

J&M is a tribute to the Mr. John, Merivale Hemmes and the House of Merivale which once occupied the historic hotel. The intimate bar opened as a showcase for Chivas 18 yo for three months and features bespoke haberdashery cabinets with ingredients that make up the whisky blend. The back bar features the recently-released luxury blend, Chivas The Icon, Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute, as well as several Pernod Ricard whiskies and spirits.

The drinks menu lists seven Chivas 18 yo cocktails ($22), all pre-batched for speed of service and six classics such as French 75 and white Negroni. The showcase cocktails are a take on the classics such as the Blood and Marie, and the excellent A Life Less Ordinary, made with Chivas 18, Aperol, apricot and saffron syrup, absinthe and a spray of peated whisky.

For the peckish, J&M offers bar snacks such as Parmesan wafters, chicken liver pate and salumi.

It’s well worth taking the hike up that staircase to J&M whisky bar. Your reward at this hidden Sydney bar with old world charm is a whisky experience, good cocktails and service and a degree of nostalgia.

J&M Whisky Bar
Address: Level 2, 1 Angel Place, Sydney (Entry via Angel Place)
Phone: (02) 9254 8088
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm till late; Friday 12:00pm – 2:00am; Saturday 5:00pm – 2:00am; Sunday closed
Website: www.merivale.com.au/jandm

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J&M Whisky Bar Sydney was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.