Get ready to show off your line dancing skills because a new Tennessee-inspired bar has come to town. Breathing fresh life into Sydney’s whisky scene, Jolene’s in the CBD is all about pure American whiskey, Southern hospitality and live gigs four nights a week. And with 150 plus whiskies in their back bar, they’re not just another run-of-the-mill whisky bar.
Spearheaded by Simon Rose-Hopkins who has a number of big hospitality names under his belt including Surly’s American BBQ and Nola Smokehouse & Bar, Jolene’s promises a complete American diner experience (including boozy cocktails).
Guests can expect a decidedly Southern vibe, a true blue cocktail den and dark, moody interiors to round out the country theme.
The collection of whiskies spans top-shelf American classics, as well as Scottish, Japanese and Australian blends. As you saunter in, you’ll notice subtle Southern references throughout. Right from drinks paying homage to Tennessee to booths named after country singers like Chris Stapleton, Kenny Rodgers, Johnny cash and Taylor Swift (for the more mainstream music lovers). An entire 12-seater VIP section is dedicated to the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton, as it should be.
But if you’re not a whisky drinker, fret not. Jolene’s also specialises in delicious boozy cocktails. Try the fresh and tropical “islands in the stream” or experience a dash of classic Americana with “Superbowl Sundae”, a coffee cocktail topped with a “pancake” whipped cream. One to definitely add to your list — the “Trash Panda”, a Drambuie, coconut and pineapple cocktail inspired by the state animal of Tennessee, the racoon.
For eats, Jolene’s offers an American diner-style snack menu consisting of everything from hot dog sliders to burgers. Check out their full food and drinks menu here.
Jolene’s is set to open it’s door on Wednesday, April 6. Who’s keen to check it out?