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The Bootlegger Bar Katoomba

4.2
4.2
218 Reviews
$41 to $100
American
Bootleggers resurrecting the speakeasy bar in Australia's oldest resort town, Katoomba. We have smoked meats, Gin and Whiskey feats and always reverential greets.

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2 people

8:30 pm


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–12:00 am Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 4782 6368

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Gin, Cocktails, Whiskey & Low & Slow!

  • Area

    Katoomba

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Opposite the taxi rank and train station

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • After Dinner Drinks & Dessert Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Please note, our kitchen closes at 10:00pm, so for all bookings after this time, we will only be offering cocktails, desserts and other drinks. If you would like to come in for dinner, please book an earlier time.
  • After Dinner Drinks & Dessert

    30 Jan 2022 - 30 Jan 2023
    On Wednesday & Thursday night, our kitchen closes at 9:00pm. Any bookings from 9pm onwards will only be able to order dessert and drinks. If you would like to come in for dinner, please book an earlier time.

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What 218 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. c

    crystala

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails Great food Great one man band Great service One low point, they had sold out of pork ribs which I had been really excited about (jokes they can’t help that part) The moral of the story is get in early
  2. MJ

    MelissaJ

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sooo much food on the share plate. But it was yummy!!! Watching the bar staff make the cocktails was amazing. Meat coma!!
  3. N

    Nonickname

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Disappointed they brought the starter with the mains. Food was not hot either. Maybe they were having an off night. The brisket was well smoked and tender and would recommend it.
  4. NG

    NickG

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Had a party of 5 for a birthday celebration. Bootlegger were very accommodating when we needed to change the booking the day before. Food was generally good. Between us we had the meat tasting platter, a side of ribs, burgers, Mac and Cheese, and a variety of delicious sides. Would have preferred brisket to be sliced vs shredded, and of the meats was the only one that was a little dry. Links, fried chicken, wings and ribs were all delicious. The charred corn, smoked kumara and the pickles were all excellent sides which went well with our choices.
  5. RH

    RebeccaH

    Sydney

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    This was such a disappointing experience. The menu was limited, and the prices were outrageous. When the food arrived it was lukewarm, bland and looked like it had been thrown on a plate. I honestly wish I could at least say the service was good, however, it was non existent (we might as well have been invisible!) Never again!
  6. J

    Jack

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had a very enjoyable meal for 2 people. The food and drinks were fantastic. Only down side was that we were sat at a table for 2 which was so small, we had to put the water bottle and cutlery holder on the ground to have enough room for 2 meals and 2 drinks.
  7. HD

    HudsonD

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It was ok. Some of the food was quite good, but the chicken wings were a little bland and underseasoned. We also felt a little unattended too - we ended up just going up to the bar to pay for our food cause no one came to clear the table for a while after we were finished.
  8. H

    iHamishio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere and service was amazing, and the food and cocktails even better, however a bit on the pricey side. Was an amazing experience and would definitely come back! 10/10
  9. JR

    JackR

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my gf here for her birthday, they accommodated my wish to have candles (and a welcome sparkler) in her desert. Food was great, staff were great, would highly recommend!
  10. V

    Vonn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    I had high hopes, it was cold (argh on a freezing blue mountains evening) it lacks atmosphere, it was hard to get a waiter therefore I had one drink. The food was ok not bad but not great. If the tall man doing most of the work can train some of the staff I guess things could change, with some music and heating!.
  11. JS

    JaneS

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance and great service. The waitress was very nice.
  12. BD

    BelindaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Highly recommend Bootleggers
  13. M

    Michael

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Just a bit bright in the restaurant. Food was great
  14. K

    Keliakeit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Found staff very welcoming and thoughtful, great cocktails and good food. would definitely come back again 👌😊
  15. CG

    ChrystallaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great cocktails, cool music. Really nice spot for dinner and a drink
  16. KM

    KevinM

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience. Very friendly and helpful staff. Efficient service and not rushed. The food ...yum yum. Well cooked and generous serves. Will definitely be back
  17. P

    Person7

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Great cocktails, great food, great service!
  18. TB

    TessB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, quick and efficient, lovely staff, beautiful food
  19. MM

    MelanieM

    New South Wales

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We walked out as we were totally ignored. Nobody brought us a menu and just walked past us like we weren’t there. Service was appalling.
  20. JL

    JeremyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the atmosphere, it wasn't too crowded and was warm inside (June)
  21. C

    Cazzie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food came out cold and many in our group disappointed with serving size for a place focussed on meat, there wasn’t much of it. No whiskey menu for a whiskey bar when not seated in front of it. Won’t be back
  22. SF

    SharonF

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great atmosphere. Very friendly staff. Wonderful brisket and fried chicken. And a very nice Pinot Noir!
  23. EJ

    EmmaJ

    Canberra

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Ambience was lovely except we were seated right next to the front door. When we asked to be moved to a table further back due to being extremely uncomfortable they advised they couldn’t make it work. The table then proceeded to be left empty for 45 mins until someone walked in without a booking and they gave it to them. Not sure why we couldn’t have been moved when asked. Pork ribs were dry and needed more sauce. Corn, loaded fries and the Mac n cheese were nice.
  24. CB

    CaseyB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    Unfortunately the food was bland and tasteless. We had the share platter and for $80, the meat was dry and we left most of it there. The staff were lovely though.
  25. LP

    LizP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meat platter was delicious and a perfect size for 2 people. Cocktails also excellent. Would definitely recommend if you’re in Katoomba
  26. A

    Alex

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Solid beer selection and the whiskey flights were awesome. A good night
  27. N

    Nothappy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Ribs were dry, it was two different racks cut in half to make one because one was soft and one I wasnt able to even rip apart with my teeth. After taking our order we didnt get asked if we needed anything after that Drinks took a long time so was put off ordering another. Maybe if they offer all of these extravagant cocktails they need more people behind the bar. We felt rushed due to the place being packed Overall not a good experience
  28. MM

    MaddisonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Great food, good vibes, delicious drinks.
  29. VM

    VanessaM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots of fun- great vibe, food and cocktails. Make sure you book!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We've been fans of The Bootlegger, have returned a number of times. Quality has progressively decreased over the years. Drinks had to be ordered at the bar. The corn was flavoursome, but cold. The fried chicken starter did not come with any sauce. The fried chicken burger just tasted fatty. The nachos was good. The steak was excellent, but there was no mustard available. The staff said it had gone past its use by date, and been thrown out earlier in the week. Emblematic?
  31. JR

    JamesR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    The food was nice, but way way over priced. It was very expensive for what you got. Not worth the money. The location is great and the ambience is great. But the service, geez, could it get any worse - it was really bad; from getting orders wrong, to not cleaning our used glasses and plates from our table - they just kept piling up, to not being attentive when we wanted to order more stuff several times. It was quite bad - and there were three staff and they were all the same ! They really need some training and oversight. Did i mention how expensive the place is !
  32. MK

    MillyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Friendly staff, good atmosphere, delicious cocktails.
  33. DM

    DarrenM

    Perth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Pork Ribs...brilliant atmosphere. A must when in Katoomba
  34. LP

    LauraP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Share plate was amazing! I recommend this for a first time diner here as you get a good selection of meats. Definitely enough for those with a hearty appetite.
  35. KW

    KerryW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    I’m sorry we were disappointed to be honest my burger was burnt bacon over cooked scotch fillet steak was not scott fillet and was not cooked to how was explained to waitress very average
  36. HM

    HelenM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    We booked this based on the fact live music was on Friday night. When we arrived I asked about the live music and the girls said there was a note on register saying no live music..no idea why...when I booked it requested table near live music socwould have thought i would have been advised no music
  37. LS

    LauraS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The cocktails were excellent, however we were very disappointed with the food. We had heard excellent things so were surprised with the quality and how dishes were presented. There were accompaniments missing and a few components that seemed out of place and out of a packet (tater tots and Doritos). The beef cheeks burger was very soggy and hard to eat. It was also difficult to share dishes as we were not given individual plates, which was strange as the style of food is marketed as an "experience to be shared". The slow cooked beef cheeks were quite disappointing and lacking in flavour considering this is one of their specialties. All of these issues were compounded by the fact that the prices are quite high ($9 for tater tots out of a packet with no sauces, $21 for a burger that couldn't be finished because the bun was soggy). The fried chicken and macaroni and cheese were both excellent though, and the cocktails were definitely the highlight. Overall, our group left pretty disappointed and unsatisfied.
  38. CS

    CarolS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We really liked the atmosphere and the service was really good. There was lots of food on the shared plate that we couldn’t eat it all.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Attentive service. Bit on the pricey side $9 for a small bowl of Mac n Cheese.$30 for 2 sausage links, slaw and fries. Cocktails were great. Keylime pie was great. Banoffee, wings and chicken burger were average and lacked flavour. Was really hoping to try the lamb options, however were informed that they don't do these anymore due to costs.
  40. C

    Catherine

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Amazing place. Had a great birthday there. But the prices were a bit expensive for what it is, prices were different to the ones on the menu on the website. But in the end it was worth it. 😁 Definitely recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Bootlegger Bar Katoomba offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 4782 6368.

The Bootlegger Bar Katoomba is rated 4.2 stars by 218 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 pm


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Bootlegger Bar Katoomba

92 Bathurst road, Katoomba, AU-NSW 2780

Additional information

  • Area

    Katoomba

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–12:00 am Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Opposite the taxi rank and train station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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