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The Doss House

4.7
4.7
165 Reviews
$40 and under
Australian


The Doss House - where fine whiskies and cocktails meet the historical char of one of the oldest suburbs, The Rocks. Combine this with one of our famous Cheese Boards or Ploughman's Platters from our ever-changing menu and you might have just found your perfect spot to spend the day sipping on premium spirits. Tugged away between George St and Kendall Lane we're right there but so hidden at the same time.

Recapturing the convivial spirit of Sydney’s formative years, the original sandstone walls of The Doss House bring warmth to our unique basement bar which features a beautiful terrace area and rare original fireplaces.

Built in the 1840s, what we call The Doss House today has been the home to a rich, eclectic collection of tenants including a boot maker, boarding house, doctor’s surgery and opium dealer, some which have been entwined within the interiors of the five, cosy bar spaces.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Tapas / Small Plates, Fine cuts

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    0457 880 180

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    The Rocks

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Menu

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What 165 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Sydney

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Sydney

    Hot Spot

  • Sydney

    Late Night Find

  • Sydney

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Sydney City

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Sydney City

    Hot Spot

  • Sydney City

    Late Night Find

  • Sydney City

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Sydney City

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. A

    Anon

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, fantastic selection of whiskey!!

  2. V

    Vwoumer

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just unreal. Best whiskey joint I’ve been to in ages. Beautiful old Sydney heritage. The staff were fantastic, super knowledgeable and friendly

  3. NB

    NoelleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Michael was a fabulous host and everyone was so kind and attentive. So glad I booked and so glad to have discovered this beautiful spot. Thanks to everyone! You're absolute gems xx

  4. DC

    DaronC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely little spot. Great staff, good food, and an awesome range of whisky.

  5. MG

    MatthewG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    Really wonderful, intimate spaces, great venue. Would go back,

  6. LO

    LukeO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful venue with friendly staff and an amazing selection of drinks.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Very nice, pleasantly surprised by the live trad music, very difficult to read menus as it is so dark

  8. MT

    MichelleT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Love the ambience at the Doss House. So much character and it really is a whole experience.

  9. T

    Timothy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly and accommodating. A great spot! Hidden gem.

  10. JB

    JennaB

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the place. Nice atmosphere The platter that we had was so nice and everything was fresh

  11. CF

    CityFoodie

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    Poor table service considering you can’t approach the bar

  12. MT

    MarkT

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great little place and friendly attentive staff. Will definitely be back!

  13. GR

    GigiR

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for a catch up with mates or pre or post drinks to start oe end an evening - the food choices are simple yet delicious and the staff are very knowledgeable on whisky choices if you’re unsure what to try

  14. A

    Amber

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Doss House is an absolutely stunning venue with the best drinks and ambience one could possibly ask for. We will definitely be back and will be telling all of our friends about it as well!

  15. MM

    MariaM

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    excellent services, great Sunday night location with Irish band

  16. N

    Nami

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing! Highly recommend. Great ambiance and drinks, and excellent service

  17. VC

    VanieC

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the ambience , the winter warm cocktails were absolutely mouth watering, music was excellemt but felt the volume was quiet loud ..will definitely visit this bar again , already told many of my friends to go check it out , its a must do

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, superb staff very friendly always a great night out, oh yeah, try the Hot Toddy, yum, a seriously great winters treat.

  19. DD

    DanielleD

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat downstairs on the Chesterfields. What a lovely place to visit for a drink. Great customer service and fantastic atmosphere. Will definitely visit again.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Awesome service. Awesome ambience. Love this place!

  21. FW

    FionaW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Great historical bar with excellent cocktails and whiskey selection. Lost a bit of its friendly charm since last visited in 2019.

  22. T

    Test

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Is such a great vibe! However was slightly ruined by how rude the female waitress was..

    The Doss HouseResponded on 27 May 2021

    Hi there. Thank you for your feedback on your recent visit and for taking the time to review your experience at The Doss House. We were sorry to see your experience with one of our staff members did not live up to our usual high standards. Please feel free to contact us directly at should you wish to provide more feedback.

  23. FH

    FrancesH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2021

    overall3food1service1ambience3

    The woman greeting and serving customers was pretty rude, she seemed like she didn't want to be there, and like she was perhaps having an off day. Especially compared to the gent with the flat cap who was lovely, friendly and seemed happy to help and make conversation with us. Her attitude was pretty off-putting.

    The Doss HouseResponded on 27 May 2021

    Hi Frances. Thank you for reviewing your recent experience at The Doss House. We were sorry to see your experience did not live up to our usual high standards. Please feel free to contact us directly at should you wish to provide more feedback on your experience.

  24. HC

    HannahC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great music, delicious cocktails, lovely atmosphere

    The Doss HouseResponded on 21 May 2021

    Hi Hannah. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We hope to see you again soon.

  25. AS

    AngusS

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience5

    Quirky and unique, ideal for a small group or couples

    The Doss HouseResponded on 21 May 2021

    Hi Angus. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We hope to see you again soon.

  26. JM

    JessicaM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were excellent and friendly. Love the atmosphere of the bar

    The Doss HouseResponded on 21 May 2021

    Hi Jessica. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We hope to see you again soon.

  27. TR

    TaylahR

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a pleasure to be there! Great food and drinks.

    The Doss HouseResponded on 17 April 2021

    Hi Taylah. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience at The Doss House. We look forward to welcoming you back to the venue again soon.

  28. MM

    MariaM

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, enjoyable finger foods, great variety of beverages (especially whiskey) and great service ... shout out to Ari & Michael 🙂

    The Doss HouseResponded on 12 April 2021

    Hi there. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We really appreciate it & hope to welcome you back to the venue again soon.

  29. RC

    RazChorev

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Great whisky selection. Friendly staff and very special venue.

    The Doss HouseResponded on 12 April 2021

    Hi Raz. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We really appreciate your feedback & hope to see you again soon.

  30. ND

    NicoleD

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it, very respectful and food was great. We got the olive and bread ! And the dead rabbit shot and ordered two whisky cocktails from the small classic book. Sitting on the two comfy chairs down stairs. My favourite bar in Sydney now.

    The Doss HouseResponded on 12 April 2021

    Hi Nicole. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House and for providing great feedback. We really appreciate it & hope to see you again soon.

  31. RE

    RodE

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic venue with wonderful service and atmosphere. We didn’t order food but had to make a rating to get to this part of the review. We had a great time and will definitely return.....in particular for their version of an Old Fashioned!

    The Doss HouseResponded on 25 March 2021

    Hi Rod. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We are glad you enjoyed our Old Fashioned. Hope to see you again soon.

  32. MC

    MartinC

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    great spot, drinks are always good, from Guinness to cocktails to a good variety of spirits and whiskeys

    The Doss HouseResponded on 25 March 2021

    Hi Martin. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We hope to see you again soon.

  33. JS

    JoelleS

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The place is very classy and fun at the same time! The music was lovely and the service was great! Overall really nice experience. Strongly recommend it

    The Doss HouseResponded on 25 March 2021

    Hi Joelle. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We hope to see you again soon.

  34. DS

    DeanS

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Terrific venue with one of the best whiskey ranges going around. Security on Fri Mar 12 were unbelievably accomodating and attentive despite high volume of people wanting a table. Highly recommended

    The Doss HouseResponded on 25 March 2021

    Hi Dean. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House and for providing great feedback. We really appreciate it & hope to see you again soon.

  35. CK

    ChrisKeiser

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Amazing atmosphere, and cocktails. Love how hidden it is from the outside world. Such a hidden gem

    The Doss HouseResponded on 25 March 2021

    Hi Chris. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We hope to see you again soon.

  36. OA

    OliviaA

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best staff and the most amazing environment to get drunk in. Would 100% go here again!!

    The Doss HouseResponded on 25 March 2021

    Hi Olivia. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We hope to see you again soon.

  37. JM

    JosephM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. I had accidentally booked too small of a table for my group, and they were very accomodating and managed to find us a new table on a very busy night.

    The Doss HouseResponded on 4 March 2021

    Hi Joseph. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We hope to see you again soon.

  38. E

    Emma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent evening to celebrate a wedding. We had a big party of 30 and everybody was very accommodating.

    The Doss HouseResponded on 1 March 2021

    Hi Emma. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your wedding celebration at The Doss House. We're glad you & your guests enjoyed the evening & we hope to see you again soon.

  39. CA

    CaitA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the irish band was incredible and made the night a thousand times better. drinks were excellent. highly recommend.

    The Doss HouseResponded on 1 March 2021

    Hi Cait. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We're glad you enjoyed our live music. We hope to see you again soon.

  40. IM

    IzzyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The doss house was outstanding in every regard. The mood and the drinks were amazing. I love the traditional Irish aspects of this bar.

    The Doss HouseResponded on 1 March 2021

    Hi Izzy. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We hope to see you again soon.

FAQs

The Doss House is rated 4.7 stars by 165 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Doss House

77-79 George Street The Rocks Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

  • Area

    The Rocks

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Tapas / Small Plates, Fine cuts

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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