Specialties: Whisky, Rare Whisky, Cocktails
Address: 152-156 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000
The Baxter Inn was the brain child of Anton Forte and Jason Scott, opening its doors back in 2011. Singing true to little brother venue Shady Pines Saloon (opened 2010), ‘Baxter’ as it’s known to its regulars, is difficult to find. Located in the basement of a building block in the middle of Sydney’s CBD, in an unmarked alleyway and down a fire escape you’ll find a bar full of people and character. Since its inception, Baxter has been an institution.
The bar itself runs for the length of the room, almost 14 metres in length. The room features a wall of whiskies of the world, specialising in Scottish Single Malts, with two library ladders used to aid the bartenders reach, dark wooden features, exposed piping and brick walls with years of accumulated candle wax, along with a vast collection of vintage racing and boxing posters, makes The Baxter Inn look and feel a lot older than six and a bit years old.
Back to that wall of whiskies of the world. The Baxter Inn is recognised as one of the world’s best and most well-stocked bars. A letter board that is regularly updated consumes one third of the back bar, humbly only listing about a quarter of the available whiskies in the venue. The back bar is organised categorically into regions and alphabetical order, as it’s the only way to configure the amount of hooch in the venue.
Along with this impressive and literal wall-to-wall feature, Baxter has an additional feature simply known as The Whisky Room, which houses the more unique, one of-a-kind and overall rarer malts the bar has to
offer. The Baxter Inn can accommodate any style, preference or profile of whisk(e)y a guest has in mind, whether it be a humble $10 a nip, all the way through to an extravagance of nearly $900 a shot.
This being said, The Baxter Inn isn’t purely limited to whiskies. The bar prides itself on an extensive and interesting selection of other craft spirits, beers, wines and of course cocktails. The team behind The Baxter Inn take great pride in providing a casual and friendly style of service, all whilst being knowledgeable and professional.
In its time, Baxter has seen its name thrown amongst the best in Australia and the world. The Baxter Inn has featured in World’s 50 Best Bars every year since opening, has been recognised at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards as Best International Bar Team and Best International Spirits Selection and a constant nominee for the Australian Bartender Magazine Bar Awards, Australian Liquor Industry Awards and Time Out Sydney Bar Awards.
The Baxter Inn holds no precedence, welcoming all with a come as you are policy and keen
attention paid to good old fashioned hospitality. You can always expect a good time with
top-notch drinks and service and a life time supply of pretzels.
Photos: The Baxter Inn