The Doss House

4.5
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38 reviews
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$40 and under
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Australian
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  • Cosy
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Authentic
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.
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4.2
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4.4
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4.7
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4.1
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Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We loved tasting the whiskey and enjoying a night cap on this incredible atmosphere!

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Responded on 3 August 2019

Hi, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our premium whiskey bar in Sydney’s The Rocks. We loved to read how much you enjoyed our whiskeys as well as the atmosphere in the venue. We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House!

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w
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Charming place. We were a group of nine and we were tucked away in a cosy spot well away from the band. Everyone commented that they enjoyed and would come back. Great table serve

The Doss House
Responded on 19 April 2019

Hi walpolepark, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our hidden premium whiskey bar in The Rocks. We loved to read how much you enjoyed the cosy atmosphere and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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b
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Over all a greatly positive experience. Table service could be a little better and we waited what seemed an age for one of the cocktails. Asides from that the platters were great and the drinks menu extensive! Can recommend and will be back.

The Doss House
Responded on 19 April 2019

Hi boothehamster, Thank you so much for reviewing your recent experience at The Doss House. We're sorry you had to wait a little longer for one of the cocktails - this should not have happened. On a much lighter note we were thrilled to see how much you enjoyed the meat and cheese platters and drinks. Thanks so much for recommending us for all the different aspects too! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Ambience great. Cocktails poorly made and poor value. Service slow.

The Doss House
Responded on 19 April 2019

Hi Moom, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent experience. We were sorry to read you did not enjoy our cocktails and that the service was slow. Whilst we are by no means complacent to your feedback this seems like an isolated incident which our other great reviews show. On a lighter note, we loved to read how much you enjoyed the ambience and hope you'll give us another try soon.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Very very slow service which spoilt the night. The platter was nice

The Doss House
Responded on 13 April 2019

Hi SharonD, Thank you so much for reviewing your recent experience at our little hidden whisky bar. We were sorry to read the service did not live up to our usual high standards. Whilst we are by no means complacent to your feedback this seems like an isolated incident which our other great reviews show. On a lighter note we loved to read how much you enjoyed the food platter. We hope this has not dampened your decision to give us another try as we'd love to welcome you back soon.

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LM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always , perfect atmosphere, great service

The Doss House
Responded on 31 March 2019

Hi LincolnM, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our little hidden whisky bar in Sydney’s The Rocks. Receiving feedback from a loyal The Doss House guest like yourself means the world to us! Thanks for recommending us as an authentic, cosy late-night find as well. We look forward to seeing you again soon at The Doss House. Thank you for your loyalty!

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J
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Interesting little spot. Cheese plate was great to share.

The Doss House
Responded on 31 March 2019

Hi John, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our premium whiskey bar in Sydney’s The Rocks. We loved to read how much you enjoyed the cheese plate and that you recommend us as a great date night spot! Why don't you join us for one of our upcoming whiskey and cheese masterclasses? We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House!

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GM
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great out of the way location , service was good but became less attentive later in the evening due to the crowds coming through. Which is understandable during busy periods. We sat outside and enjoyed ourselves until we were surrounded by drunk IT workers half way along there pub crawl. Why it was ok at first it did change the atomsphere the drunker they got. Turning it from a relaxing night to a ordinary pub night . Apart from that I would go back probably during the day rather then a Friday night .

The Doss House
Responded on 14 March 2019

Hi GrantM, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at The Doss House. We're sorry to hear your evening was marred a bit by other guests celebrating the end of the week. We'd love for you to come back - maybe on a quieter night earlier in the week - to sit back and fully relax in our historic bar. We loved to read however how much you enjoyed the location, cocktails, wine list, and all other categories you so kindly recommend us for.

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RE
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great, quiet little place tucked away in The Rocks where you can actually hear your conversation!

The Doss House
Responded on 1 March 2019

Hi RowanE, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our little hidden whisky bar in Sydney’s The Rocks. We loved to read how much you enjoyed the atmosphere in the venue and that you recommend us for date nights in a romantic and quiet ambience. We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House!

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DT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A lovely and unique venue which is worthwhile visiting.

The Doss House
Responded on 25 January 2019

Hi DespinaT, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our premium whiskey bar in Sydney’s The Rocks. We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House!

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A
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We made a reservation but when we got there they told us they decided to close because there were not enough customers. That is very low class for a restaurant especially one as pompous as this one.

The Doss House
Responded on 25 January 2019

Hi Albert, Thank you so much for taking your time to review your experience at The Doss House. We are truly sorry that you were turned away as we had to close the venue earlier. This should not have happened and management has raised the issue with the team to avoid this from happening again. Please do feel free to reach out via e-mail (see website for details as they can't be published in an OpenTable review) so we can make this right.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

What a find - booked table outside but due to the inclement (hail no less ) weather we were thankfully moved inside. Rooms within rooms and a really cosy atmosphere - the ploughmans was quite good - bread great and cocktails not too shabby !

The Doss House
Responded on 6 January 2019

Hi DonnaM, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our premium whiskey bar in Sydney’s The Rocks. I'm glad to read the team were able to move you to an indoors table due to the heavy hail that day. We also loved to read how much you enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and our food and drinks. We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House!

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NI
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous atmosphere as always, staff and management provide great service, highly recommended

The Doss House
Responded on 22 December 2018

Hi Nick, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our premium whiskey bar in Sydney’s The Rocks. We loved to read how much you enjoyed the great atmosphere and service received by our team. We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House and thank you for your loyalty!

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LF
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were so accommodating and friendly. Beautiful venue.

The Doss House
Responded on 15 December 2018

Hi LesleyF, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our little hidden whiskey bar in Sydney’s The Rocks. We loved to read how much you enjoyed the service from our friendly staff and the venue itself. We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House!

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AL
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing ambience, service was excellent could not fault anything. Book a table or booth a must.

The Doss House
Responded on 9 December 2018

Hi ALEXS, Thanks so much for the great review of our premium whisky bar in The Rocks! We loved to read how much you enjoyed the atmosphere and service. Booking in advance is always a good idea however we do welcome walk-ins as well. See you again soon!

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D
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Colm & his team create a friendly and professional ambiance. There’s passion delivered by the staff which equals a quality service to the customer.

The Doss House
Responded on 21 November 2018

Hi Divilly, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our little hidden whisky bar in The Rocks. We especially loved to read how passionate you found our staff - we couldn't be any happier with the fantastic team we've got working at The Doss House. We hope to see you again soon!

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HC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Great venue! BUT drinks are way too over priced. I.e. If you compare your whiskey menu to Baxter’s, they have more variety & are much more affordable. I think the pricing needs an adjustment. Thanks!

The Doss House
Responded on 17 November 2018

Hi HCdf, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our little hidden whisky bar in The Rocks. Our friends at Baxter's Inn indeed have a wide variety of whiskies from entry level options to top-shelf options. At The Doss House, we focus a tad more on the premium products and some of them have a slightly more expensive price tag. We loved to read however that you enjoyed the venue overall. We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House!

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TL
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

All about the whiskey, whisky and variations thereof. Very knowledgeable staff. Amazing range. Intimate little sandstone historic hole in the ground. Quiet enough to converse and enjoy the spirit. Limited food, but enough to nibble on while sipping. Very different experience to anything else in Sydney.

The Doss House
Responded on 17 November 2018

Hi TerryL, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our little hidden whisky bar in The Rocks. We loved to read how much you enjoyed our wide variety of whiskies and whiskeys. Our team were thrilled to read the lovely comment you left as well. We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House!

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CD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and will definitely be visiting again.

The Doss House
Responded on 17 November 2018

Hi CarlaD, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our little hidden whisky bar in The Rocks. We loved to read how much you enjoyed the atmosphere. We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House!

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BS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 2

Initially were placed under A/C Compressor directly in front of cooling fan expelling hot air to our table, noisy and uncomfortable, staff happy to find better table location and did so immediately, I thank them for that, available food certainly needs changing, charcuterie board of that standard is fine for pre dinner snacks with a wine, but having no further hot food choices to follow forced us to leave and find an alternate eating place which we did only a few doors away, Great place for afternoon snack and a wine, but not a night restaurant.

The Doss House
Responded on 17 November 2018

Hi BrendonS, Thanks so much for taking the time review your recent experience. We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your initial table but are relieved to read that our team were able to find a spot that suited yo better. Being a hidden, small whisky bar our food offering is indeed limited to premium cheese and meat boards as well as olives and artisan breads that compliment the different flavours of our spirits. We're glad you found a full restaurant for your dinner later.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Well I actually worked here 37 years ago!!!! It was a printing business. So a return to something really different. We just loved it. A great addition to the Sydney Bar Scene. Not sure about the name. It was a boarding house at some stage but "Doss House"? I am wondering if the current generation actually know the meaning of "Doss". Lovely French Rose and the boys enjoyed their whiskey chasers and beers. We did not try the platters as we were wanting something more substantial for dinner. We will return on a dry evening and will recommend to friends.

The Doss House
Responded on 17 November 2018

Hi SuzanneB, Thank you so much for your review. How exciting to hear you actually worked where we are not 37 years earlier. There's indeed a lot of history in those walls and the space used to be a boarding house, an opium den, and a bootmaker - and now it's a hidden little whisky bar. We might not be the literal interpretation of a doss-house, but we do welcome all people - Sydney-siders, travellers, expats, ... - in our Doss House, even late at night ;-) See you again soon!

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BS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place and love the hidden location. Perfect atmosphere and love that they don’t blast music at you like most places in Sydney so that it’s hard to have a conversation. I hope they keep it that way.
We heard some live music there on a Sunday (Irish band) and it felt like being back in the UK where I studied. Perfect service too. This place is an excellent example for Hospitality well done.

The Doss House
Responded on 17 November 2018

Hi BirgitS, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our little hidden whisky bar in The Rocks. We loved to read how much you enjoyed our Irish live music session on Sunday and that you and your friends from the UK had a great time. We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House!

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AR
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place has a great feel. Service made sure we had everything we needed without being over bearing. I could have spent all night here. The low light and music make it super cosy and a little bit sexy while still staying casual. Delish cocktails well balanced and perfectly made. I will be back many times in future.
Thank you

The Doss House
Responded on 17 November 2018

Hi AmberRaeG, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our little hidden whisky bar in The Rocks. We loved to read how much you enjoyed the service and atmosphere and are still thrilled that you allowed us to be part of this special celebration. We hope to see you again soon at The Doss House!

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TR
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Definitely will return. Great experience and ambience. Friendly service

O
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere and great whisky. Glad I made a booking as it was very busy.

b
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Staff were unfriendly, and appeared to be uninterested. Cheeseboard fair small serving

WW
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome bar with nice intimate setting!
Love the comfy lounges and the fireplace. But the star attractions are the drinks!

SR
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just love the Doss House! One of the few quality venues, where you can still get a booking, without having to wait for weeks. The food was simply amazing, the Scotch on offer unlimited and the service very personal. The property adds to the atmosphere. This place is like our little secret. Don't tell anyone.... ;-O

GE
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Great quirky underground bar with excellent atmosphere. They need more food options though. Understand it's a cramped space but wouldn't hurt to have olives, dips, or even pizzas if possible. The only options at the moment are a choice of three very similar charcuterie boards - not great.

MM
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic venue and amazing staff, best bar in Sydney!

R
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good drinks and awesome service with a different ambience.

CG
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely night there! Great Irish music, lovely ploughmans shared plate, we'll be back!

BL
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night in there for my girlfriends birthday, very helpful staff and some great music being played. Only problem was the night had to end at some stage!

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Hot crowded and unrealistic about handling customers

S
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great experience at this his venue on Saturday. Great cocktails and service from the bar staff as always. The whiskey selection is worth the visit alone. If you’re hungry then I would suggest the Ploughmans platter

A
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable lunch in this bar with a difference. Wonderful building with a lot of history. The food was tasty and the servings generous. The staff were very friendly and the serviced was excellent.

C
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An awesome small bar in the historic part of Sydney - The Rocks. My new favourite place to come. Great for any occasion. By far the best place to drink in The Rocks.

MS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

I think the team are still finding their feet, but overall I wasn't super impressed with our experience. We had booked "regular seating", but were seated at a high top. That's fine if that's what it is, but it was clear that staff didn't know about the different seating options so it seemed silly to offer it. The space is small and can get pretty warm - there wasn't any visible ventilation or fans, but since it's not summer it was only moderately uncomfortable. Our server was very friendly and took time to listen to us which I really appreciated, but the drink service was really slow and she never came back to check on us. (It took around 30 minutes to get our drinks and charcuterie board.) I ordered the signature cocktail a blackberry, lemon myrtle fizz that was extremely underwhelming - it was flat and watery, didn't taste like much. Thankfully, our server did take this off the bill. My biggest contention is that Doss House bills itself as a whisky bar, but only a couple of cocktails on the menu feature whisky and at no point did anyone offer us the whisky menu. From what I could see of the bar, there wasn't a particularly impressive offering of the delicious brown nectar of the gods... but all of this could easily change. Overall, I would try it again and I hope the staff can find a way to make this newcomer shine.