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The Doss House, Sydney, AU-NSW

The Doss House

4.5
4.5
235 reviews
$A40 and under
Australian

The Doss House - where fine whiskies and cocktails meet the historical char of one of the oldest suburbs, The Rocks. Combine this with one of our famous Cheese Boards or Ploughman's Platters from our ever-changing menu and you might have just found your perfect spot to spend the day sipping on premium spirits. Tugged away between George St and Kendall Lane we're right there but so hidden at the same time.

Recapturing the convivial spirit of Sydney’s formative years, the original sandstone walls of The Doss House bring warmth to our unique basement bar which features a beautiful terrace area and rare original fireplaces.

Built in the 1840s, what we call The Doss House today has been the home to a rich, eclectic collection of tenants including a boot maker, boarding house, doctor’s surgery and opium dealer, some which have been entwined within the interiors of the five, cosy bar spaces.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Tapas / Small Plates, Fine cuts

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    0457 880 180

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Experiences

  • Around The World Whisky Masterclass

    A$85.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    The Doss House’ Whisky connoisseur Ari Abels is serving you an unforgettable Masterclass for all your whisky desires. Best known for his “Whiskey Live events” which have seen him travel across Australia, delivering Whisky love to thousands of people. Ari has 15+ years of maturation in the industry under his belt and brings a fountain of knowledge, mixed with character and a dash of sophistication. This is a fully interactive and in-depth experience you will not want to miss.

What 235 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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Diners' Choice Awards

  • Sydney

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Sydney

    Hot Spot

  • Sydney City

    Best Ambiance

  • Sydney City

    Group Bookings

  • Sydney City

    Hot Spot

  • Sydney City

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. E

    Elise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We requested a specific table for a specific occasion and they adhered to that. The setting was beautiful and the service was great. Highly recommend.
  2. S

    Seetheworld

    St. Louis

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We went to the Doss House for an Around the World Whiskey Masterclass and it was very fun and informative. Our guide, London, was energetic , quite knowledgeable and entertaining. The whiskey that she chose was excellent and was paired beautifully with dried fruit and cheese. We stayed for another cocktail and a second sharing board. The venue is very interesting with nooks and crannies and lots of mystery. Strongly recommend this place for anyone who loves whiskey,
  3. AS

    AmandaS

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome fun, live music was fab, and most attentive staff, top spot thank you
  4. m

    maddogmay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it was amazing and all the staff were so engaging and lovely shoutout to my man who gave me a band-aid and told me to drink more water after i appreidate you also shoutout to my man who recommended other fun places to go on my 18th
  5. GT

    GarwinT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food, for a whiskey bar a lot of whiskeys they had on the menu they didn’t have in stock.
  6. AM

    AndrewM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The amount of time it took for drinks was ridiculous
  7. DB

    DanaB

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    First time was recommended by a friend but way to noisy speakers so loud down stairs could not hear ourselves talk. Ended up leaving. Service was good, drinks we did have also good. Had a huge table next to us who where extremely annoying and loud.
  8. BW

    BevanW

    Sydney

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 7 October 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great historic atmosphere with fantastic range of scotches and adequate food menu.
  9. SL

    SteveL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Didn’t eat so can’t say anything about the food. The menu looked good.
  10. SJ

    SindyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bar, amazing wait staff. Staff knowledge of whiskey was outstanding. We popped in for drinks and stayed for hours
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible evening seated in gorgeous leather arm chairs with our drinks in hand. Surprised my husband with an evening cap for his birthday and we were both blown away by the service, the ambiance, the drinks and the knowledge on each drink served. London in particular was phenomenal! Her knowledge and expertise were greatly appreciated and we’ve already ordered a scotch she recommended while we were there. Highly recommend and we will be visiting when we are back in Sydney.
  12. GM

    GerardM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and scotch selection; had the new peat flight - knowledgeable description & wonderful introduction to some great Scotch
  13. LM

    LincolnM

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    We turned up 10 minutes early the door was open so we went inside, only to be told by one of the staff that “ we open at 4 wait at the top of the stairs “ at this stage it ‘opened officially’ in 8 minutes , could have offered us our booked table to sit at until we could order at 4, also several of us were preparing to buy drinks when it was opened and I was waiting to be told we’re our table was and my son had just sat down waiting to found out where we were to sit when again a rude staff member harassed him into moving , clearly it’s changed management as I’ve been at the doss house many times and it’s was fantastic, unfortunately it is no longer the same and I won’t be returning.
  14. CM

    CliveM

    Tasmania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice cosy place in the unique settings, very happy with our visit
  15. RM

    RyanM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and attention, and really like the environment there. Nice selection of whiskeys and great location.
  16. SP

    SusanP

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Night, cute place, great service, great selection of Whiskey's , great cheese platter, Loved It!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Staff were very knowledgeable and friendly, great wine and whisky list
  18. AD

    AmyD

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent selection of whiskeys and good vibes all round. Big shout out to manager Mikey for his amazing service and knowledge of all type of Whiskeys - we had such an awesome time and will be back most definitely!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felt welcome on arrival, friendly staff, great ambiance and food. Thank you
  20. L

    Lindy

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! What an amazing place to have a drink! We had the most amazing time on Saturday night. What a great line up of drinks, so different from anything we have every had before, we also shared 2 platters, one of which was a brilliant Native Platter! Thank you for making our special occasion so memorable. We had great banter with your staff and special thanks to Ally, Guy, Grey and London for taking our night out, to a new high! I love to give good reviews when they are warranted, great job to you all. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
  21. LL

    LucasL

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice bar, great staff, great atmosphere, would definitely return
  22. JM

    JazM

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    5 of the drinks we requested were either not in stock or no longer being served.
  23. CW

    CWragg

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The platters were quite small considering the price paid
  24. AS

    AngusS

    Hong Kong Islan

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed it as always, but their staple toasted sandwiches were not as good as they have been, otherwise great.
  25. SR

    SamR

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Had an unbelievable night, the music is fantastic, the ambience is warming, food delicious and staff knowledge of whiskey is impressive! Can't recommend this place enough.
  26. RT

    RemaT

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was great! The staff are very friendly and the service is non stop. The cheese board we had with our drinks was superb. Unfortunately we were in a rush and could only stay an hour but we will be back to sample more of the fine whiskey delicacy’s and take our time to absorb the history of this establishment. Loved the candle light ambience too! Booking is definitely essential. Five stars!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful evening with lovely staff especially guy! He was so friendly and kind
  28. KP

    KymP

    Canberra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Sydney just doesn’t do speakeasy/hidden bars like melbourn. Thee is no theatre just like having a drink in any old bar.
  29. E

    Edzo

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Staff really knowledgable fellas with the Pink Hair and "The Mexican" Both great. Holly was also a good host making sure we had a good time. Ed
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent venue Staff were great and very interactive
  31. T

    Thapelo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Hidden gem, with great ambience and exceptional service especially if you love whisky!
  32. R

    Robin

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Doss House for its ambience, choice of Whisky etc and the friendly knowledgeable staff.
  33. LC

    LouiseC

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Was quite cold outside so had to request additional heaters to be put on. Food was nice although no scotch eggs which was devastating
  34. BK

    BruceK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of whiskeys snd delicious cocktails. Fantastic service and good vibes
  35. f

    frenchbyheart

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great whiskey. Fabulous service and the venue is marvelous!!!! Would definitely go back!
  36. CJ

    CaroleJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service- staff really personable and helpful. Good atmosphere.
  37. NH

    NadineH

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant experience Friendly staff fantastic atmosphere and wonderful food and drinks
  38. R

    Robin

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to enjoy a drink especially Whisky supported by advice from the head barman and waitress London (hope spelling is correct) Love the Doss House
  39. SJ

    SJGSydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place, we were absolutely blown away with the Irish folk music playing every Sunday.
  40. AS

    AnaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fantastic experience and I would definitely recommend.

FAQs

The Doss House is rated 4.5 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Doss House

77-79 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Area

    The Rocks

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Tapas / Small Plates, Fine cuts

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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