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Cobbler Bar, West End

Cobbler Bar, West End

| On 07, Mar 2015

Check out Cobbler’s quaint rustic charm, mesmerising whisky selection, and bring along whatever you want to eat while you’re at it!

Cobbler has an impressive portfolio of over 380 whiskys, meaning it is a mecca for fans of the spicy brown tippler. Their whiskeys are sourced from Scotland and further – some labels are from Australia, Japan and Canada.

The walls are adorned with rustic collectibles, including an old-time bicycle and a map of Scotland which pinpoints the origin of Cobbler’s Scottish labels.

A long, wooden table fills the downstairs space while cosy booths are nestled upstairs.


Cobbler’s dazzling wall of spirits


Recently identified by CNN as one of Brisbane’s best secret bars, Cobbler has many unknown quirks. Bar Manager, Hugh Tamer spoke to Creative Drinks about some lesser-known facts about Cobbler.

“Our license does not allow us to prepare food. But people like to drink and eat at the same time, so we decided to make Cobbler BYO food,” Hugh said.

“We have a really good relationship with Little Greek Taverna, our next door neighbour, Grill’d, and Bird’s Nest, which is around the corner.

“We keep a menu onsite and we give them a call and they deliver the food. We’ve had customers bring anything from Dominos Pizza to a whole roast pig.”

Scotch enthusiasts from around the country may also be interested in Cobbler’s Islay Scotch collection.

“We probably have the largest number of the smoky Islay scotches in the Southern Hemisphere. Though we pride ourselves on our scotch, we have a large selection of tequila, bourbon and rum as well. ”

Though the average price for a nip of scotch around Australia is $6.40, some of Cobbler’s labels redefine the meaning of expensive.

“Our Japanese whisky Yamazaki 25 costs $220 a nip. It’s stupidly expensive but it’s beautiful, bang on,” Hugh said.

“An obscure one is the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society who do individual bottlings from random distilleries around the world.

“They pick the best scotches. But once they’re bottled and distributed, they don’t exist any more. The release is very limited.”

Cobbler contributes hugely to Brisbane’s bar scene with their unrivalled focus on all things whisky and their unique ‘BYO food’ attribute.

The Details
Cobbler Bar
Where 7 Browning St West End
When Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-12am, Monday 5pm-12am, Saturday 3pm-12am
Contact Facebook 

Image credits: MustDoBrisbane and Instagram