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Banchō, Haymarket, AU-NSW

Banchō

4.8
4.8
116 reviews
$A40 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Banchō is a cocktail and whisky focused small bar in Sydney's Chinatown. We’re excited to bring a quality drinking experience to Chinatown. Our cocktails showcase local market produce and the bounty of Asian ingredients around us. Our bar features a large selection of Japanese and Scotch whisky, including rare and independent bottlings. And our bar snacks are designed to go hand in hand with the top shelf drinking to be had here at Banchō.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Japanese Speciality

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (02) 8097 9512

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Table/bottle service. Private whisky lockers are available.

  • Area

    Haymarket

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    5 minutes from Central Station (Railway Square Exit)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine

What 116 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Sydney

    Best Ambiance

  • Sydney

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Sydney

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Sydney City

    Best Overall

  • Sydney City

    Best Service

  • Sydney City

    Best Ambiance

  • Sydney City

    Best Value

  • Sydney City

    Group Bookings

  • Sydney City

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. BH

    BarHoppero

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Bancho is one of my favourite bars in Sydney. I’m a regular walk in and always try to bring my visiting friends and family when they come to Sydney. However one of the things that I don’t appreciate about the service is we often feel rushed. Yesterday they reminded us ten times (we literally counted) that we needed to clear the table by 7:30pm. Even upon arrival at 6pm the first thing the server told us was we need to be out by 7:30. We were well aware and were ready to leave by 7:20pm, we even paid the bill early and sat for a final few minutes before the staff came by and reminded us again. This has been my experience nearly every time I’ve come for a catch up with friends, and it’s not particularly a cheap experience with the number of cocktails and food we usually get. It feels super transactional and unwelcoming because of this.
  2. A

    Anita

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a nice, intimate place to enjoy whiskey and cocktails. I always have such a pleasant experience here. Hope your “Pretty in Pink” cocktail can become a permanent item on your menu as it is my favourite pink cocktail I’ve tasted in Sydney so far!
  3. L

    Liana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The edamame was very salty, but the veggie gyoza was good. I loved the decorations from the Neon Playground event in the bar.
  4. MK

    ManasK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome drinks, ambience and service, a must try is the Hong Kong Sour !
  5. MJ

    MissJB

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    We went for the whiskey..& expected a more refined experience . Service was good, although took along time to get drinks. They need to figure out the lighting...
  6. RS

    RachelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff ad innovative cocktails. It’s definitely one of my fave bars.
  7. EP

    EmmaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice cocktails, sold us one off the menu didn't realise it would be $8 more than the other cocktails. Food was good.
  8. M

    Michelle

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The limited high tea event was enjoyable! The vibes at this venue are excellent and the service was friendly. The two cocktails in the package were absolutely delicious! The high tea food was OK. Yummy but nothing to write home about. Overall the entire experience was great value and I’d definitely recommend.
  9. EF

    ElaineF

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was quick , organised . Flexible to a groups request .
  10. TT

    TraceyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will be back! What an ambient little bar and the food was fantastic and excellent value. Whiskey and cocktails were delicious. Would have loved tasting notes but hey, they were delicious just the same.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Nice. The vibe is good. The light is romantic, and of course the cocktails are awesome.
  12. MM

    MariaMT

    Sydney

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This little bar has been on my list for awhile. Came for pre-theatre drinks, great atmosphere with an awesome selection of whisky and range of cocktails - we ordered Highball: Calpico & soda with Taketsuru Pure Malt, The Japanese Negroni, Lychee Blossom and Hong Kong sour. Nice little selection of snacks. We will definitely be back when we can just sit back and relax.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glamorous room hidden down a side street in Chinatown. Friendly and efficient service, delicious food and cocktails. We will be back.
  14. SS

    SarahS

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Smoked Whaler is sooo good!! Great cocktails, food & ambiance.
  15. A

    Aina

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place makes you fall in love with whisky, the best whisky bar I have ever been to!
  16. TK

    TomK

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sensational cocktails based on spirits. Service very tailored and delivery and quality of experience was impressive.
  17. S

    Sneha

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is very good. The staffs, the drinks and the ambience 💯
  18. A

    Ataw

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Banchō is always a good time. Great food, amazing cocktails and friendly staff. Will go back again many times.
  19. C

    Cindy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drinks, staff are lovely and helpful, would come back here again.
  20. JM

    JacquieM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our pre-theatre drinks and food were so good we went back after the show! Wonderful service and great atmosphere.
  21. AY

    AaaY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice vibe. Cool bartenders. Nice drinks and great atmosphere.
  22. r

    rebbecar

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    The chef hadn’t turned up so there was no food, and the waitress was the only one there and so rushed off her feet, felt sorry for her as it was so busy
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The service was rude. The waitress was coming to take away our glass from time to time though it was not finished. And one time she actually took it up and it’s obvious I’m still going with that drink. The food was good but the drink was too sweet. I’ve been to this place several times and the cocktail was always great. The same cocktail tasted different this time, too much syrup. I can understand it’s a busy weekend night but still overall disappointing
  24. S

    Sensiq

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice ambience but 90 mins is too short for each reservation
  25. ST

    SophieT

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous venue! Little alleyway, small and cosy. Huge selection of whiskeys and awesome cocktails!
  26. m

    mrgazpacho

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An understated small bar with a friendly atmosphere. Great mezzanine area available for small gatherings
  27. m

    mellee

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing cocktails and attentive service. bar snacks were delicious and the popcorn / fire cocktail was a highlight
  28. SH

    StephanieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous, thank you for a great night out with my work colleagues.
  29. P

    Pumpkin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here with my friends for the first time, then I had to bring my boyfriend here the week after because I love this place! First-time bar experience was epic!
  30. AP

    AndrewP

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent vibe, wide variety of drinks. Pleasant comfortable seating.
  31. AH

    AndrewH

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Bancho... Highly recommended. Great selection of some of the finest whiskeys and cocktails all with that important Japanese inspiration. Service was outstanding..👌🏻 Sonya was our host for the evening and did an amazing job as always👏 Thank you team Bancho!
  32. SB

    SydB

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great little bar with fantastic service and most importantly delicious cocktails!
  33. SA

    SarahA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic little bar with a great selection of drinks and nibbles! The staff are great too! Very friendly and knowledgeable!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!! We had an amazing time and the staff were so beautiful! Thanks guys :)
  35. D

    Dave

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Steph, Yoshi and the team for hosting the birthday party! We had a ball. The drinks and the food were perfect to enliven the conversations and celebrations. We will definitely be back.
  36. DB

    DennisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yoshi made our night, went in for some corporate drinks, left educated on different whiskies of the world. great ambiance , awesome drinks, great served 10/10
  37. IS

    IsabellaS

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great little cocktail bar, in a very unexpected location.
  38. HN

    HienN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bar. The friendliest staff I’ve come across in Sydney. So welcoming and attentive. Cocktails are amazing and lovely food. Beautiful space and great atmosphere
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Bancho prior to attending a theatre show. Such lovely friendly helpful staff. Cute little tucked away venue. Good drinks and food.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and atmosphere

FAQs

Banchō is rated 4.8 stars by 116 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 3 times today
Google Map for Banchō

10 Thomas Lane, Haymarket, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Area

    Haymarket

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Japanese Speciality

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    5 minutes from Central Station (Railway Square Exit)

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine

  • Phone number

    (02) 8097 9512

  • Catering

    Table/bottle service. Private whisky lockers are available.

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