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Thomas Lane, Haymarket, Sydney, Council of the City of Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia
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Bancho bar is a cocktail and whiskey-focused tiny bar in Sydney’s Chinatown, Haymarket. Featuring a selection of Japanese and Scotch whisky. Sydney drinking has left its awkward adolescence behind and is basking in a swan moment where you can now get a half-decent Negroni in a pub. But there are many steps to ascend between that three-part aperitif and the degree of cocktail finesse on display at Bancho Bar, a refined Japanese whisky and fine drinking establishment in a Chinatown alley from the people who brought you Tokyo Bird in Surry Hills.
‘Alley’ is a fair term here, given that headlights from cars leaving the garage opposite shine into the bar giving everything a slightly upmarket Blade Runner glow. The space used to be a conference room belonging to the Ultimo Hotel, but it’s far better as a sleek whisky bar in muted tones, where they have installed whisky lockers if you’re fancy enough to spring for a whole bottle that you’ll slowly drink on concurrent visits.
Much like before a shopping spree, it’s good to determine how much you’re willing to spend on whisky before you arrive, otherwise the urge to know what a 44-year-old Speyside sherry cask for $150 may overcome you. You can also dabble in living large with many, many drams more expensive than a house pour but a lot less than what leather shoes cost.