No doubt you know and love Shady Pines. Well then, it’s a sure thing, you’re going to love Baxter Inn, from the same good people behind the Shady Pines Saloon.
Be warned, this bar’s not easy to find. Walk down a dodgy looking laneway (opposite the Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe), turn right, note the bouncer, head down an even dodgier looking staircase, push open the non-descript door. Most likely you’ll recognise the entrance by the snaking line of eager patrons, waiting for entry. The bar has a capacity of 130, and for our money, that’s a good number.
This place is all about one thing – whisky - with 300 different whisky’s on offer. But, don’t fret if you’re not a whisky enthusiast - there’s an impressive looking wine list, beers on tap and classic cocktails to keep you happy. Good to know, the barmen are more than happy to educate you on your whisky choices, should your whisky knowledge not be quite up to scratch. In fact, the barmen (note: no barwomen) are amongst the friendliest we’ve found in Sydney.
The place is dark, cosy and inviting, the kind of place you could get lost in for hours. There’s no mistaking the decor is reminiscent of Shady Pines, minus the taxidermy wall features. Without a doubt, this is a hotspot for city workers, relaxing after a hard days grind, and those others lucky enough to be in the know.
Baxter Inn, 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney
Hours: Mon – Sat – 4pm – 1am