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“Great speakeasy”
Review of The Baxter Inn

The Baxter Inn
Ranked #2 of 5,843 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great speakeasy”
Reviewed May 28, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

...a little tough to find if you don't know what you're looking for - but here's a hint: It's in the alley behind 'barber shop' :)

As a bourbon guy, I'm always nervous going to a 'whiskey heaven' as that usually means 99% irish whiskeys only...but Baxter was pleasantly surprising...definitely had a few decent bourbons as well - and our friends loved the mixed drinks. It does get a little crammed and loud, but I'd still consider this a 'mellow' hangout.

Visited March 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Hidden Whiskey Heaven”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

If you don't know where it is you may never find it. Definitely ensure you have clear directions into the correct alleyway and non-descript doorway. If you do manage to find this little gem, you'll find a wall of whiskey in this prohibition-themed paradise.

It's small, busy, somewhat pricey, but totally worth the experience and feeling it gives you. Worth the hunt to find it, and worth the cost for an excellent selection of your favourite juice.

  • Visited April 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Hipster paradise”
Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

This hard to find underground whiskey pub is awesome. Old Fashioned done properly and a stock of 300+ whiskeys. A bit expensive as expected but worth it.

Visited May 2014
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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“Horrible cocktails”
Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

The barman (they all have beards - I can't warn you who it was) made truly the worst cocktail I have ever ordered. He tasted it, made a disgusted face and then served it to me.
So bad I put pretzels in it in an attempt to improve it.

Avoid unless you want to be ignored while some barely legal girls get all the attention and you are served very slowly the worst drink of your life.

They only have 5 cocktails on their menu. Between us we tried 2. They both tasted disgusting

  • Visited May 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Thought I had died and gone to whisky heaven”
Reviewed May 19, 2014

Introduced to Baxter's by a friend a while ago and kept coming back. This place is awesome. Best bar in Sydney IMHO. The ambience of the basement setting with lots of people chatting away with some great beats in the background. Service staff are terrific and know their craft very well. Pretzels are a nice touch. Selection of whiskies is down right amazing. Great fun when exploring new drinking options. They also do some great other non-whisky drinks. I recommend the Southside during the warmer months. Only down side is that as Baxters is so good, it does get quite busy rather quickly. One of the few places in Sydney where the time in the queue is worth the wait. Can be a little hard to find for people who have never been there before.

  • Visited April 2014
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