The Bootlegger Bar Katoomba

4.2
149 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.

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.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 149 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
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MarkH
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A place to go back to.
Great food and some of the best cocktails ive ever had.

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Deeee
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food and good service.
Would definitely recommend!

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Zophie
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

Microwaved meat served cold. We went around the corner to the brewery for delicious burgers instead.

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Rebmoy
12 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great bar, staff were lovely, cocktails amazing and food was great! Definitely going back to this place!

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

An interesting casual
Dining experience . Tasty finger food . Ribs are good

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Shel16
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulously fun night celebrating Oktoberfest. Fun atmosphere, great food and drinks and excellent service

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YomiP
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A very enjoyable night out and outstanding customer service! From helping me with my group booking to organising gluten-free and dairy-free meals, the service was exceptionally good. The vegan ice cream tasted amazing, and my cocktail was incredible ("the penicillin"). The low slow brisket was soft, juicy and had the perfect amount of marbling/fat. My partner enjoyed the coleslaw, and he is not usually such a fan. Atmosphere was great with the live music, which was a bonus. One tip, if you struggle with stairs, the band area is not on the ground floor. I would recommend an earlier dinner time, as a couple of guests missed out on the brisket... it was sold out, due to its popularity!

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MegD
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Everything is good about this place. The night we were there a group of drunk and rowdy guys came in and the noise level really ramped up. But the staff dealt with it calmly and professionally. The staff are a great asset. The food is hearty and the ambience is cool. I recommend it.

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CarolynL
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

My husband really enjoyed his meal (pulled pork) and the atmosphere, but I didn't enjoy my meal(beef cheek) or the atmosphere. The Cheese Burger Spring Rolls were delicious. I couldn't fault the service or staff, both of which were great.

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RachelL
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place, would go back. Steaks were yummy. Cool venue

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AnnaG
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice and friendly place with great food, deserts and drinks.

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Clovar
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great service, generous meals and just an all round good time

TM
TravelblogM
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's my second visit & i really really enjoyed it one more time.

I will definitely comeback & recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was spectacular! Cocktails were yummy and the vibe was super lovely and cosy on a cold winter’s night.

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Ktmbst
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Service was slow. They said that dessert was run out 30 minutes after we ordered it.

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LeighL
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was amazing! Friendly and efficient, personal but no "hovering."

The food and drinks were incredible - delicious meats, stunning cocktails and such a wide variety I wanted to try one of everything!

We went with the meat platter for two and were not disappointed - the chicken was succulent, the brisket pink and juicy, the sausage (links) was everything it should be and the house-BBQ sauce a perfect accompaniment.

The cocktails! We tried 4 different drinks between a margarita, espresso martini, a Gin-base (Ride the Lightning) and a whiskey-base (Penicillin) and all were fabulous!

Followed by a perfect 12 year old Whiskey, barrel aged and locally distilled and the night was complete!

Will definitely be visiting again :-)

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MichaelC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Terrific drinks and food. Good atmosphere on a public holiday Monday night. Service could be improved.

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Bianca
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for dinner here, had an awesome vibe, staff super friendly and food and drinks were delicious. Definitely recommend this place, probably worth booking a table cause it does get busy.

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AliD71
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Loved the choices on the menu and the drinks menu was pretty extensive

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MattC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The bootlegger food was tasty, good service would go again

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Adrienne
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

Great cocktail menu and meals. Reasonably priced. Great playlist, ambiance and energetic staff make this place worth a visit. We'll be back on our next trip up!

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with great ambience! We had a lovely family dinner (3 kids), the kids loved their generous sized meals and we really enjoyed the slow cooked brisket, pork and ribs with the best spicy margaritas eva! We had to pop back the next night and grab a few margaritas, as they were so good :) Best food we had while in the Blue Mountains.

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PaulO
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place
Very funky atmosphere, tunes in the back ground , friendly staff and great food and cocktails
I had a hard time choosing but couldn’t go past the brisket 👌

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JOhnC
Cancun
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Table was tiny, think waiters forgot us and food took awhile and no waiter gave us attention to get another drink
Food was good.
The one beer was good.

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Way over priced. The food was nice, but not even close to worth the money it costs

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SusieM
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great find in the Mountains. Service was welcoming, ambience warm and friendly, food lovely, drinks well-made. So impressed we went back the next day.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience at Bootlegger. Great staff, especially Juergen he’s the best.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic spot. The staff are amazing, accommodating and professional. Always a must eat when we are up in Katoomba!

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

This place is so close to being awesome but a few fundamentals just let it down. Plus points- great atmosphere, good styling and branding, good variety on the menu and lots of vegetarian options. But ultimately we booked dinner here for the food. I ordered the slow cooked brisket burger and it arrived stone cold. The cheese they put on it didn’t even melt and the bun was stale. My partner had half a wrack of ribs and they were hot and the meat just fell of the bone. Why did I not just send it back if it was cold, because it took 42’minutes for the food to arrive. In fairness when we went to pay and they asked about the meal
I mentioned that the burger was cold and they did immediately take cost of the burger off the bill. That definitely redeemed the evening. Two other observations- the menus are paper and ours had geese marks on them, why not laminate them, easier to clean. And the dishes that the meals come in slide around the table because there is no tablecloth or placemats between it and the varnished wood tables. Really want this place to be good because the food is different to anywhere else in Katoomba

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Simon
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience5

Great ambiance, friendly and helpful staff. Not sure what happened to the live music that was supposed to be there however. They left before playing a note.

Unfortunately the food was also a let-down. Requested 'medium' steak but was VERY well done. Since it took about a half an hour to receive our order, we didn't send it back. Meals were served in tin trays which are difficult to eat from. Meals are expensive and not worth the prices charged.

Good range of interesting cocktails, although most were a little pricey.

Our waiter and the other waiters and bar staff were awesome, however. Very happy and friendly and despite being clearly under pressure, they were amazing.

They need to either improve their food to match the prices or reduce the prices to match the food.

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Jack
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's an inner-city laneway bar, situated in the middle of the Blue Mountains. Pleasantly surprised at the range of drinks available, and food was heavy (in a good way) and delicious. I recommend trying one of their burgers and paying for the addition of Peanut Butter. I wouldn't have thought it would work but, to my surprise, it does.

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AmyI
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

For a rather expensive restaurant my rack of ribs came out well undercooked and my husbands steak was dry and over cooked.
Staff were lovely but that doesn’t make up for the fact that I was very ill after eating here.

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SunnyC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Food was cold and flavorless had to put a lot of salt and pepper

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KathrynW
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Thought the music didn’t quite suit the venue but the food and staff more than made up for it

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WillS
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience1

Not good value for money. Ordered the share plate. Two elements were missing ("extra" brisket given, but it was dry and tastless, no notification given of this untill meal arrived). One piece of corn was still raw. Not the best experience.

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Highground
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience3

A terrible customer service experience. Booked in advance and selected standard seating due to my partners back. However they put us on the bar, with terrible seating. After requesting to move, to other empty seats near the bar, they then opted to move us to a tiny table in a walkway near the entrance. It then to further complaining to other staff then to get moved back to those empty seating near the bar. Food also took some time to arrive, and was average at best.

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AaronT
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great. It was a little noisy but every seat was taken so it can't be helped

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Erich
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Ribs came with no sauce actually the meals /meat platter came with tiniest amount of sauce I’ve ever seen , The loaded chips were cold an who charges $25 for a slice of pie.

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Jbnh
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

First of all our server was amazing. She was so attentive and a delight to be around.

We were disappointed with the food though. My ribs were tough and not typical fall of the bone type I prefer. My partner had the brisket and it was good but felt it was quite small and overpriced. I loved the coleslaw and my partner finished my ribs.

The drink service was great and the atmosphere was fun. Just a little disappointed with the food.

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BrettC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

We booked 7pm Saturday night well in advance, arrived on time and they were busy. We were seated promptly and our drinks order was taken soon after. After 30 mins our food order was taken 2 x Mains and a side order and we were then advised that our order would be a while because of 2 large bookings. We agreed to this, and changed our side to a Starter - should have walked there and then. At 8:30 our starter arrived with apologies, the offer of a free round of drinks and the promise that our mains were 5 mins away. At 9:00pm we paid for drinks and 1 starter and walked out, by this time we weren't hungry.
2 hours of our lives we will never get back!

FAQs

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

The Bootlegger Bar Katoomba is rated 4.2 stars by 149 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.