Merivale opens new whisky bar in Sydney

12 November, 2015 by Stefanie Collins

Located on level two of the historic Angel Hotel in Sydney’s CBD, J&M was officially launched on Wednesday 11 November with a Chivas Regal showcase.

With an obvious focus on whisky, the venue features exclusive whiskies not available for purchase anywhere else in Australia as well as a personal trolley service for visitors – The Sidecar is a collaboration between Jim Meehan and Moore & Giles that “weds world class bar design and traditional woodcraft”. There is also the additional option of sitting at the bar to chat whisky with the trained bar staff.

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J&M also has a rotating cocktail list of inventive concoctions, like the Modern Gentleman, which features Chivas Regal 18YO, Antica Formula, burnt oak and apricot infused Campari, and a cold drip ice sphere; the POPSCOF with buttered popcorn washed Chivas Regal 18YO, salted caramel syrup, bitters, and Himalayan salt; or the Blood and Marie with Chivas Regal 18yo, Cynar, Cherry Heering, Antica Formula, pink grapefruit, and cherry dust.

There is also a short menu of small dishes to have alongside the cocktails, designed to be before or after dinner snacks.

The bar itself is a tribute to the late, legendary Mr. John and the multi-level fashion outlet, House of Merivale, that once stood at the historic hotel. The eponymous bar is an homage all things fashion and history, featuring “sumptuous interiors” with rich green velvets, sleek brown leathers and copper accents alongside the chesterfield sofas and the long glass bar.