The Oak Barrel

The Oak Barrel Natural wine, single malt whisky, and craft beer. The Oak Barrel is one of Australia's oldest bottle shops.

Fiercely independent since 1956, the Oak Barrel has stayed ahead of the curb with its outstanding range of small producer and natural wine, single malt whisky, craft beer and spirits. The Oak Barrel is recognised across the country, within the industry and by its loyal members for its dedication to quality products. The industry-leading expertise of the staff is demonstrated through educational ma

sterclasses and tasting festivals or fairs. The Oak Barrel is not merely a bottle store or unique customer experience, it is a community who appreciate the unique gifts of flavour.

Tasting the latest pick from the legends at Barrel & Batch. This 16YO Refill American Oak Sullivans Cove is an absolute ...
06/12/2023

Tasting the latest pick from the legends at Barrel & Batch. This 16YO Refill American Oak Sullivans Cove is an absolute banger - genuinely one of the best Sulli's I've ever had the pleasure to try.

Observe the elusive, Ray Daniel (DJ Razor) in his natural habitat, sniffing out the next barrel.

Introducing one of our wonderful exhibitors for the Sydney Whisky Fair 2023 - The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)! Fou...
21/07/2023

Introducing one of our wonderful exhibitors for the Sydney Whisky Fair 2023 - The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)!

Founded in 1983, the SMWS are a global whisky club and independent bottler, who were pioneers when it came to bottling cask strength, single cask whiskies. Selected by an expert tasting panel, their whiskies bear unique (and often bizarre) names, alongside distillery codes. The idea here was to obfuscate where the whisky was made, instead putting the flavour profile and tasting notes first and foremost; this is still the case, however, distillery code guides are easy enough to find.

Smws Australia will be reprising their place up on the main stage during the Whisky Fair. Make sure to pay them a visit, you won't be disappointed!

Grab your ticket to Sydney Whisky Fair here!
https://oakbarrel.com.au/sydney-whisky-fair-2023-september-8-9/

Find out more about the Fair and see our other exhibitors here!
https://www.whiskyfair.com.au/exhibitor-list/

Learn more about SMWS here!
https://www.smws.com.au/

EASTER TRADING HOURSFor the 2023 Easter Long Weekend, we'll be closed on Friday & Monday, and open with reduced hours on...
04/04/2023

EASTER TRADING HOURS
For the 2023 Easter Long Weekend, we'll be closed on Friday & Monday, and open with reduced hours on Saturday.

For completeness:
- Thursday 6/4: 11am-8pm (regular hours)
- Friday 7/4: CLOSED (public holiday)
- Saturday 8/4: 11am-6pm (reduced hours)
- Sunday 9/4: CLOSED (as per usual)
- Monday 10/4: CLOSED (public holiday)
- Tuesday 11/4: 11am-7pm (return to usual hours)

Online orders with nationwide delivery will continue to operate as normal, and so too will our in-store events (including our Samaroli Whisky & Rum tasting on Wednesday!)

In the meantime, keep an eye out for our Easter Specials, going out to our Rewards customers today, and available in-store and online from tomorrow!

Edit: Sold OutThe Corowa Platinum Jubilee Edition, which recently sold at auction for $4,620, is available now at The Oa...
27/03/2023

Edit: Sold Out

The Corowa Platinum Jubilee Edition, which recently sold at auction for $4,620, is available now at The Oak Barrel!

This, never-to-be-repeated, special release, was created by the team at Corowa to celebrate the late Queen Elizabeth II's 70th year as monarch.

Created from rich, flavourful, old port casks and released at 52% abv - this is Corowa's most decadent release-to-date. Sold out elsewhere, bottle number 1721 of 2022 is available now at The Oak Barrel.

https://oakbarrel.com.au/corowa-platinum-jubilee-edition-single-malt-whisky/

11/03/2023
NEW YEAR NEW DEALSIn case you missed it, The Oak Barrel is running a Summer Sale across all our department, all summer l...
11/01/2023

NEW YEAR NEW DEALS

In case you missed it, The Oak Barrel is running a Summer Sale across all our department, all summer long.

Available both in-store and online, we're offering 10% any 4 or more beers, 10% any 3 or more wine, sake, or yuzushu, and 10% of our Oak Barrel Exclusive Spirits, including releases from Buffalo Trace, Sullivan's Cove, Ardnamurchan and North Star.

Bring in the New Year and keep the summer vibes rolling with a bevvy from The Oak Barrel.

Cheers!

*Some exceptions apply, including (but not limited to) large formats, small formats, gift sets and vault items.

One of the highlights of the heavily-sherried whisky-lover's calendar is here; the latest batch of GlenDronach's single ...
13/10/2022

One of the highlights of the heavily-sherried whisky-lover's calendar is here; the latest batch of GlenDronach's single cask, cask strength series has arrived!

After what feels like an eternity since the last batch, our patience has been rewarded with Batch 19, which contains 4 single barrel whiskies distilled between 1990-1994 and matured in either PX or Oloroso Sherry Butts.

GlenDronach is one of Scotland's great "sherry houses" and for many the annual single barrel releases are the pinnacle of sherry cask matured whisky. Unfortunately, this is a sentiment shared globally and as a result our allocation this year is incredibly small. Therefore a strict limit of 1 bottle per household will be enforced.

GlenDronach Batch 19 Cask #7423 1990 31-Year-Old PX Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
https://oakbarrel.com.au/glendronach-batch-19-cask-7423-1990-31-year-old-px-cask-single-malt-scotch-whisky/

GlenDronach Batch 19 Cask #7708 1991 29-Year-Old Oloroso Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
https://oakbarrel.com.au/glendronach-batch-19-cask-7708-1991-29-year-old-oloroso-cask-single-malt-scotch-whisky/

GlenDronach Batch 19 Cask #2145 1992 28-Year-Old Oloroso Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
https://oakbarrel.com.au/glendronach-batch-19-cask-2145-1992-28-year-old-oloroso-cask-single-malt-scotch-whisky/

GlenDronach Batch 19 Cask #6871 1993 28-Year-Old PX Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
https://oakbarrel.com.au/glendronach-batch-19-cask-6871-1993-28-year-old-px-cask-single-malt-scotch-whisky/

ANNOUNCEMENT | BEER FAIR 2022 | 29th OCTThe long wait is over! The Oak Barrel Beer Fair is back under a new banner - Oak...
12/10/2022

ANNOUNCEMENT | BEER FAIR 2022 | 29th OCT

The long wait is over! The Oak Barrel Beer Fair is back under a new banner - Oak-toberfest!

Coming back to The Oak Barrel Tasting Room on Saturday the 29th of October for one session only!

This years fair will feature a range of local breweries and importers with exhibitors each pouring a range of different beers. You will be able to try everything from innovative and modern craft to beloved old world classics!

This event will also be catered by our friends at Volkswurst German Food Truck and food will be included in the ticket price.

As always, tickets are available through the links in our bio. Breweries will be announced over the course of the next few weeks.

See you there!
Cheers!

Whisky Fair Session 1 is in the books! 100s of whiskies + 32 of Australia's best distilleries and distributors + 200 whi...
09/09/2022

Whisky Fair Session 1 is in the books! 100s of whiskies + 32 of Australia's best distilleries and distributors + 200 whisky fans = a hell of a night! A huge thank you to everybody who came and to our amazing exhibitors!

We're ready to do it all again today! Saturday Session 2 is completely sold out, but there are still a few tickets left to Session 3 (5.30pm-8.30pm).

https://oakbarrel.com.au/sydney-whisky-fair-2022-september-9-10/

T-Minus 11 hours until session 1 of Sydney Whisky Fair officially kicks off! With the more whisky than we've ever had on...
08/09/2022

T-Minus 11 hours until session 1 of Sydney Whisky Fair officially kicks off! With the more whisky than we've ever had on pour before, we're excited to see you all there soon!

This year to enhance your Fair experience, we've included an app, built for us by our friends at The Whisky List, for all your Whisky Fair needs. We recommend that you download the app before your session, so that when you get here you can hit the ground running.

To download the app you can scan the QR code below or follow this link:
https://thewhiskylist.com.au/links/app

If you haven't grabbed your ticket yet, there are still a few available for Session 1 and Session 3. Follow this link to secure your spot now:
https://oakbarrel.com.au/sydney-whisky-fair-2022-september-9-10/

ANNOUNCING WHISKY FAIR EXHIBITOR: AMBER LANE DISTILLERY!Amber Lane Distillery is a whisky distillery based in the Yarram...
05/09/2022

ANNOUNCING WHISKY FAIR EXHIBITOR: AMBER LANE DISTILLERY!

Amber Lane Distillery is a whisky distillery based in the Yarramalong Valley on NSW's Central Coast. It was founded in 2017 by two amateur astronomers and friends, Rod Berry and Phil Townsend. The duo have since committed themselves to crafting excellent spirit and spared no expense in sourcing top quality, large format ex-bourbon barrels (primarily sourced from Heaven Hill) and bodega ex-Pedro Ximenez casks. They took their time with maturation, waiting until the whisky was ready for bottling, rather than rushing to market after the minimum 2 years.

They are, in our opinion, one of the rising stars of the Australian whisky world and we can't wait for you to meet Rod and try what he and Phil are making. Whisky Fair will also serve as the launch for their latest single barrel, cask strength release: Amber Lane Silk Road! You can learn more about this release here:
https://oakbarrel.com.au/amber-lane-silk-road-special-release-cask-strength-australian-whisky/

ANNOUNCING WHISKY FAIR EXHIBITOR: HEARTWOOD & TIB!Heartwood - founded by Tim Duckett - is arguably Australia's most laud...
02/09/2022

ANNOUNCING WHISKY FAIR EXHIBITOR: HEARTWOOD & TIB!

Heartwood - founded by Tim Duckett - is arguably Australia's most lauded independent bottler, having bottled a number of Tasmanian whiskies in the modern industry's formative years. Known for his unorthodox techniques of blending casks, beating his whisky with a paddle, rolling casks into the sun-exposed "hot box" of his warehouse - some Heartwoods are considered by whisky lovers to be amongst the best Australian whiskies ever released. Likewise, Tasmanian Independent Bottlers is an independent bottling, driven by the team behind Heartwood. Casting their net beyond their home state, TIB bottles accessible single malts and spirits from across Australia. Avoiding the natural cask strength tendencies of Heartwood (which have topped 70% in the past), TIB releases are generally offered between 46% and 50% ABV.

You'll find Tim and Louis at the Fair pouring the latest from Heartwood, TIB and Gypsy Whisky Co.

You can grab your tickets to Whisky Fair here:
https://oakbarrel.com.au/sydney-whisky-fair-2022-september-9-10/

ANNOUNCING WHISKY FAIR EXHIBITOR: SULLIVAN'S COVE!Established in 1994 Sullivan’s Cove is one of the oldest ‘modern’ whis...
02/09/2022

ANNOUNCING WHISKY FAIR EXHIBITOR: SULLIVAN'S COVE!

Established in 1994 Sullivan’s Cove is one of the oldest ‘modern’ whisky distilleries in Tasmania, and Australia. Under the direction of Patrick Maguire since 1999, It has become arguably the best-known Australian whisky distillery globally having won Worlds Best Whisky and Worlds Best Single Cask Whisky multiple times.

As well as pouring drams at Whisky Fair, the Sullivan's Cove team will be hosting a French Oak whisky masterclass in our tasting room on Sunday 11th September. You can find out more about it here:
https://oakbarrel.com.au/sullivans-cove-french-oak-whisky-masterclass-sun-11th-sept/

You can grab your tickets to Whisky Fair here:
https://oakbarrel.com.au/sydney-whisky-fair-2022-september-9-10/

Happy International Beer Day! Here at The Oak Barrel, we love all things beer! With a range of over 750 different beers ...
04/08/2022

Happy International Beer Day!

Here at The Oak Barrel, we love all things beer! With a range of over 750 different beers showcasing everything from old world European classics to modern Australian and international craft, there is something for everyone at The Oak Barrel!

For this years International Beer Day we wanted to offer an opportunity to snag yourself a bottle of one of the worlds most renowned and sought after beers - Cantillon!

The Oak Barrel Cantillon Draw!

Between now and midnight on Sunday the 7th of August every beer and cider purchase will get you an entry into our Cantillon raffle and next week we will be drawing a total of three winners who will have the opportunity to purchase one of our archive bottles of Cantillon!

Rules!

1. Each sale that includes at least one beer will get you one entry into the draw. Multiple purchases will give you multiple entries. If you are an Oak Barrel Enthusiast or Connoisseur, each purchase will get you two entries into the draw!
2. Each purchase must be attached to an Oak Barrel account (if you don't have an account don't worry, you can set one up online or in store for free)!
3. Each winner will have a choice of which bottle of Cantillon they would like to purchase.
4. You can only win once - We want to share the love so we will keep drawing names until we have three different winners!

Good luck everyone!

Link in bio!

NEW ARRIVALS | GARAGE PROJECTHave you seen our beer lineup lately? Each week our beer buyer Blake is adding dozens of ne...
24/07/2022

NEW ARRIVALS | GARAGE PROJECT

Have you seen our beer lineup lately? Each week our beer buyer Blake is adding dozens of new beers to the shelves, so much that some breweries need their own fridge! Case in point, this range from New Zealand brewery, .

From the freshest hops to the crissspiest lagers, these guys are always trying something new, and with nearly 900 beers, ciders, and seltzers, the Oak Barrel is your place to do the same.

Open 11am Mon-Sat
Delivering Australia-wide


We’re so excited to finally be able to share the news - we’ve created a new rewards program for you to enjoy! As a thank...
01/07/2022

We’re so excited to finally be able to share the news - we’ve created a new rewards program for you to enjoy! As a thank you to our wonderful community, you can now earn points just by shopping with us, that can be redeemed for discounts, free shipping & VIP access!

Plus, new customers can get $10 off their first order just by signing up!

Click the link in our bio to learn more about how you can earn & spend points 🥳

Counter tasting today with  Come on down for some great deals on Philter brews and have a glass or two while you browse!...
16/06/2022

Counter tasting today with

Come on down for some great deals on Philter brews and have a glass or two while you browse!

Tasting kicks off at 4:30pm! See you then!

LAST CALL!Tickets are closing fast for our first Sake Appreciation Night of 2022.Next Wednesday, we'll be hosting  from ...
26/05/2022

LAST CALL!

Tickets are closing fast for our first Sake Appreciation Night of 2022.

Next Wednesday, we'll be hosting from to take you through six of their best and most exclusive sake. All bottles will be available on the night, alongside a sneaky pre-sale of upcoming releases...

The event kicks off on Wednesday 1st June at 6pm. Don't miss out: tickets are at https://oakbarrel.com.au/sake-appreciation-2022-night-1-premium-sake-tasting-w-black-market/

through the event link in our bio.ginjo

The votes are in... for the staff pick of the week.North Star Bunnahabhain, Black Hops Eggnog Stout, Byrne Farm Pinot No...
23/05/2022

The votes are in... for the staff pick of the week.

North Star Bunnahabhain, Black Hops Eggnog Stout, Byrne Farm Pinot Noir, Tourlaudiere Muscadet & Yoshinogawa Gensen Karakuchi.

The through-line for this week's staff picks seems to be texture, vibrancy, and warm spice, perfect for the cooler evenings now that autumn is coming to a close. Grab a bottle, a blanket and some popcorn; every bottle here is perfect for a movie night.

See https://oakbarrel.com.au/ for purchasing.

We’re on the lookout for a new Wine Buyer and Ambassador!  We're looking for someone who:• Has a genuine and compelling ...
11/05/2022

We’re on the lookout for a new Wine Buyer and Ambassador!

We're looking for someone who:
• Has a genuine and compelling love of wine
• Has experience in wine retail, hospitality or the wine industry
• Loves sharing everything they know about wine
• Is looking for the opportunity to put their stamp on The Oak Barrel's wine department (and beyond!)

What we can offer you:
•The opportunity to be a part of a small, collaborative team with a shared passion for high quality booze
•The freedom to host your own events to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with our customers
• Full-time employment with a generous starting salary

If the sound of this job makes you feel giddy with possibilities, please get in touch with us at [email protected] to request a role description. Wine puns in your subject line will be highly favoured 🍷 (we think this is a “A Grape Opportunity”)

08/04/2022

The next edition of '60 Seconds With the Legends of The Oak Barrel'...

Long-time OB fan, Wine Writer, Wine Educator and Australian Wine Industry stalwart, The Wine Man, Peter Bourne

EASTER HOURS...Good Friday 15 April - ClosedSaturday 16 April - Open 11am to 6pmEaster Sunday 17 April - ClosedEaster Mo...
08/04/2022

EASTER HOURS...

Good Friday 15 April - Closed
Saturday 16 April - Open 11am to 6pm
Easter Sunday 17 April - Closed
Easter Monday 18 April - Closed

Poppelvej! Another outstanding release from Uffe Deichmann 👏  Sourcing fruit across the McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills,...
02/03/2022

Poppelvej!

Another outstanding release from Uffe Deichmann 👏

Sourcing fruit across the McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, Uffe embraces low-intervention winemaking techniques to build complexity and showcase fruit purity.

These wines are expressive, beautifully textured and dangerously drinkable. Pure joy.

Available now!

Address

152 Elizabeth Street
Sydney, NSW
2000

Opening Hours

Monday 11am - 7:30pm
Tuesday 11am - 8:30pm
Wednesday 11am - 8:30pm
Thursday 11am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 9pm
Saturday 11am - 8pm

Telephone

+61 (0)2 9264 3022

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