The Doss House

4.7
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83 reviews
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$40 and under
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Australian
Recapturing the convivial spirit of Sydney’s formative years, The Doss House unites fine spirits & cocktails with the historical charm of one of the city’s oldest suburbs, The Rocks. Built in the 1840s, this space has been the home to a rich, eclectic collection of tenants including a bootmaker, boarding house, doctor’s surgery & opium dealer, some which have been entwined within the interiors of the five, cosy bar spaces. The result is a bar steeped in character, ambiance & history.
What 83 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PhoebeE
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely venue, with staff who care, and a very funky ambience.

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MiroslavA
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service,excellent place and good for outings with friends.

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KevinC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice bar for a catch up with firends or drinks with partner

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Crunchy
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely LOVED this venue, so glad i found it even though it wasn’t the easier of places to find. Would definitely recommend! Cocktails are incredible and the vibe of the bar was fun, dark and wonderful.

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Mairtin
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service atmosphere and music! Also good Guinness. We’ll be back.

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AmarD
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food2Service4Ambience5

Great ambience, hidden gem of a place. Bar staff were cool cats with loads of knowledge on whiskies.

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Moyab
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience. The cocktails were delicious and our waiter (20 something year old man with earrings and a ponytail) was lovely and recommend excellent drinks for us. We were seated beside the speaker so at times it was extremely loud and hard to hear each other but we furtherly enjoyed the music. Thank you.

The Doss House
Responded on 11 September 2020

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

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MsMel
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Cute spot with a vibrant atmosphere and great service.

The Doss House
Responded on 11 September 2020

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

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Nic42
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

This is a great location and the drinks were pretty good as were the platters. Unfortunately the service was beyond bad. A real shame because it could be quite a good venue with better service.

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Adele
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Potential to be a great bar, lovely location and decor but staff extremely rude and made to feel very unwelcome

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Tony92333
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic venue, with great selection of whiskey. Staff were great, especially Conor who was great to explain and help with recommendations.

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

Hi Tony, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We are very appreciative of your feedback and comments about our staff as well as your overall experience. We hope to welcome you back to The Doss House again soon!

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TaylahR
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been there twice in the past two weeks and would go there again this weekend! Absolutely love the place.

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

Hi Taylah, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experiences at The Doss House. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous date night - great whisky and great service

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MarianO
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

FAB STAFF- SO FRIENDLY AND ACCOMMODATING. They even gave us two drinks to wish us a happy engagement!

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

Hi Marian. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experiences at The Doss House, and congratulations again on your engagement. We hope to see you again soon!

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AliceS
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Really Enjoyed it, but wasn't overly keen with where we were sat - felt very dark and we didn't really get a feel for the environment as much as we were just in the entrance where everyone had to come through and check in. The music got put up loud and in our seats we couldn't hear each other as there was a speaker above us.

Service, vibe and food and drinks were really good, just really hated the table.

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

Hi Alice, thank you for reviewing your visit to The Doss House. We were sorry to see you weren't happy with the table and understand that it didn't contribute to your overall experience. We will take on board your feedback on this occasion and hopefully have the opportunity to welcome you back for a better experience at The Doss House. Thank you.

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JasH
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of my favourite places to go. Just so sad to not be able to have the vibe and live music at this time. Thanks for a great night.

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

Hi Jas, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience at The Doss House. Our live music is back on Sundays from 4pm - 8pm. We hope to see you again soon!

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JeremyW
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and service. Great whisky selection

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

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

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SandraH
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous bar - had a lovely evening. Will definitely be going back.

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

Hi Sandra, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience at The Doss House. We are very appreciative of your feedback and comments about our staff as well as your overall experience. We hope to welcome you back to The Doss House again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff with service that goes above and beyond! Have been numerous times and have always been greatly impressed.

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

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

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AndreaW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Love the ambience makes me think of home in the UK , music is great too brings back memories.
Location is good for us easy to walk to , service good nice staff who are attentive.
Tried a cheese board which was nice and not too expensive

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

Hi Andrea, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience at The Doss House. We are very appreciative of your feedback and comments about our staff as well as your overall experience. We hope to welcome you back to The Doss House again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were amazing. Very helpful!

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

Hi. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience at The Doss House. We are very appreciative of your feedback and comments about our staff. We hope to welcome you back to The Doss House again soon!

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Madeleine
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience4

Great service - we loved the tasting flight. Will definitely be back.

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

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

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CarlC
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Amazing location. Great building. Excellent range

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

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

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RosalieG
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really loved the staff, amazing decor and lighting. Had a great time sitting by a fire, outdoor seating looked good too. Lovely leather chairs and a great range of drinks which the staff helped guide us through and recommend, clearly all knowledgeably and passionate. Wasn’t a massive fan of the music choice but that didn’t detract from the experience at all. 10/10

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

Hi Rosalie, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience at The Doss House. We are very appreciative of your feedback and comments about our staff as well as the overall experience. We hope to welcome you back to The Doss House again soon!

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KateA
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful Sydney venue with outstanding service and really managed their venue well with the current pandemic rules - highly recommended

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

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

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MeriF
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best hidden spot in the City. My favorite ❤️.
Stylish, unique, friendly staff and a delicious whisky experience.
I didn't like whisky but after Friday night I love it. ❤️

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

Hi Meri, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience at The Doss House. We are very appreciative of your feedback and comments about our staff as well as the overall experience. We hope to welcome you back to The Doss House again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing.
Food, drinks and staff.... all excellent.

The Doss House
Responded on 31 August 2020

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

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EmmaJ
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great bar and service, bar man on Saturday was so friendly and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience5

Very disappointed that they insisted on a bill for the whole table rather than pay as you go

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

A wonderfully ambient venue. Knowledgeable staff to lead your whiskey flight selections. Pricey but a great treat.

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HarrietW
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Had a great time, although service was very slow.

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous venue with a great vibe! We didn't eat so cannot comment on the food but the location was great!

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LorraineH
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Had a nice time although really disappointed that I had booked a table and didn’t get to sit inside

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RobertN
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

This is a great small bar that any self respecting whisky drinker should visit and continue to support. The staff are knowledgeable and the whisky selection is there to suit all tastes.

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CChan
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've alwayyys loved the Doss House and this time was no different! Perfect ambience and drinks! Great job guys! 🙂

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KimberlyB
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A divine experience that ticked every box. Beautiful service, and wonderful food and beverage selection. Will be back.

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KareenaP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely had a wonderful night with friends, highly recommend for a great night

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Keith
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks Keira for assisting with our booking. We had a fantastic night. We sampled a few drinks off the menu and each of them was a hit. Couldn't have asked for a better night out.

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Joey
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service .. drinks where real value and we had a awesome night. Booked for 5 and we were escorted to a booth .. don’t know if there is a way to reserve the booth but that would be real good to allow for a similar experience.

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Bruce
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Beautiful setting and the ambient but service is slow and music is too loud.

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