Starward Distillery

4.7
20 reviews
$40 and under
Distillery
Ten minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, our distillery and whiskies are just as innovative as the city we call home.
We craft our whiskies , right here in Port Melbourne, from local ingredients, mature in barrels from the famed Australian wine regions in our backyard, and harness the infamous Melbourne weather to make a distinctly Australian spirit. We tried something new and never looked back. Of course, we’re still whisky but it is whisky done differently.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 20 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Adrian
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A quality, well refined spot with superb service and great drink selections.

Starward Distillery
Responded on 22 April 2021

Thanks for the feedback Adrian! We look forward to welcome you back to the distillery soon.

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Nati
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were super knowledgeable and food was great for snacking!
There toasties are on point, great cocktails and there is something for everyone!
Would love to see them sell exclusive batches.

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WhiskyLover
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great whisky and friendly knowledgeable staff. Well worth a visit

Starward Distillery
Responded on 8 April 2021

Thanks for the feedback! Look forward to welcome you back to the distillery soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved it. Absolutely loved it. The staff were very friendly and talkative about everything they sold. Have a question? These guys have the answer. They'll also talk to you about your pallet and advise what to try. The look of the place was awesome too. I only took one star off for food because the selection is a little narrow but I loved the cheeseboard I had.

Starward Distillery
Responded on 18 March 2021

Thanks for the feedback! Look forward to welcome you back to the distillery soon.

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Ash87
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the distillery flight which was delicious and the cheese board which paired really nicely.
Beautiful setting, lovely and helpful staff.

Starward Distillery
Responded on 2 February 2021

Thanks Ash! Appreciate the feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again.

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Helena
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot and ambience, the tour with Shane was excellent and we enjoyed the tastings and amazing toasties! Will be back.

Starward Distillery
Responded on 2 February 2021

Thanks Helena! Great to hear. We'll pass on your feedback to Shayne. We look forward to welcoming you again.

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ZoeM
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome experience! Really cool venue with lots of space! Staff are super knowledgeable and really friendly!

Starward Distillery
Responded on 2 February 2021

Thanks for the lovely review Zoe. We look forward to welcoming you again.

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RobJL
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place to go to learn about and sample some great Aussie whiskey. Not a lot in the way of food but what they had was nice. Overall, a really good experience.

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DebbieF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5

Beautiful, relaxing space, with excellent staff. They just need some further food options and coffee please! Great spot for larger groups.

Starward Distillery
Responded on 2 February 2021

Thanks for the feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again!

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DonB
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A most pleasant Sunday afternoon. Thanks. Your survey doesn't allow for a Not Applicable selection. We had no food.

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Marley
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this place. The staff were really friendly and knowledgeable and the whiskey was great. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome experience! Staff are fantastic and really great drinks

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MelindaK
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for a tasting at 4.15pm and had a lovely time. It was just the 2 of us. The service was very attentive and they answered all my questions about the whiskey.

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Teresa17
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5

First time at the distillery and absolutely love it. Tasted 5 half shots and wow all were amazing and our whiskey guide was so knowledgeable and helpful.
Can’t wait to come back and do a tour and master class
Teresa Leat

Starward Distillery
Responded on 20 December 2020

Thanks for your feedback Teresa. We look forward to welcoming you again for a distillery tour and masterclass.

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MatthewD
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been before, just as good (if not better considering the current restrictions). Staff are willing to help out more than your general bar.

Starward Distillery
Responded on 17 December 2020

Thanks Matthew, we look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

They allowed us to remain after our session finished to enjoy more great cocktails.

Starward Distillery
Responded on 18 December 2020

Thanks for your feedback Michael, we look forward to welcoming you again.

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VivianaV
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

The staff were really friendly & took the time to talk through the whisky menu. The food is limited to mainly cheese platters & pannini but it is all about the whisky. Would recommend

Starward Distillery
Responded on 17 December 2020

Thank you for your feedback Viviana. Glad you enjoyed your time with us. We are expanding our food offering in the new year, watch this space. We look forward to welcoming you in the future.

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NikkiH
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Great whiskey and nice atmosphere! Staff are friendly and energetic.

Starward Distillery
Responded on 10 December 2020

Thank you Nikki! Looking forwarding to welcoming you again soon.

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Seadog
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Passionate and helpful staff swung the review up, and I am marking according to No Covid standards (harsh but bear with me..)

Sat at corner of open area, blocking views of everything inside - forcing or encouraging us to get up and walk around. Without the distancing factor this would still be a bother and the area doesnt seem appropriate for customer seating. Felt like door watchers.

Food very limited but great value, quality and flavour.

My midpoint mark and comments are intended to constructively provide feedback to assist speeding up WHEN (not if) this becomes a premium location and experience.

Excited for tours to return but would return to the venue regardless.

Oh, and best place to buy and try their stuff by glass or bottle (I know, right?!). Per pour price is very reasonable.

Starward Distillery
Responded on 10 December 2020

Thanks for the feedback Seadog and also the well wishes on the premium experience offering. Unfortunately we’ve been limited on capacity and seating but we do take on board your queries for the comfort factor. We do hope you’ll come back around for another drink and a yarn with our passionate staff.

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Danno
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

Didn’t have food so can’t comment.

We had to wait for our table even though we delayed our booking by 30 mins.

Originally had booking for 18:00 and moved to 18:30 When we arrived we stood around for 10 minutes and told we would have to wait as the previous sitting had not finished so can’t have table wee booked. We then got put on a table that was not turned out not to be ours and had to move again 5 minutes later so first 15mins of our 1:45 minute booking and had not been served had no drinks.

Service was poor and nothing like I have experienced here before.

In all honesty I was a little embarrassed to have taken my friends and telling them how great the place is only to have such a poor experience. We decide to move on from our booking and went to colonial brewery down the road as we all felt we didn’t want to spend anymore than we had and had felt obligated to have a drink in first place as if I had not booked and only walked in we would of left after the 15 minutes of terrible service and no drinks and being messed around.

Shame as my wife attends regularly from work around the corner and we have moved to Plummer street just down the road and was so pleased to have starward up the road.

Hope it’s much better next time we come whenever that maybe but won’t be rushing back.

Starward Distillery
Responded on 10 December 2020

Hello Danno, we’re sorry you had this experience with us. As we were still working through the government COVID capacity restrictions and getting our staff back up and running, we may have made us a bit slower than what we’d like. Thank you for sticking around for the drink and supporting us over the years. We do hope you will come back and visit us again soon (now restrictions are almost all gone!). We’d be pleased to offer you a complimentary drink on your return.

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FAQs

Starward Distillery is rated 4.7 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.