As part of Merivale's quest to rule the city, they've opened a plush new whisky bar in the Angel Hotel. The bar draws on its glamorous past as the former site of the iconic House of Merivale and it shows in the interiors. Think rich green velvets, sleek brown leathers and copper accents. It also wouldn't be a whisky bar without the prerequisite chesterfield lounges.
Merivale has gone all out with this one; J&M boasts a specially imported drinks trolley, named 'The Sidecar' (a collaboration between Moore & Giles and acclaimed barman Jim Meehan) and a long glass bar. J&M is a tribute to the late John Hemmes and his wife Merivale, so it only seems fitting that it would be located where their empire began.
J&M wants you to have a "unique, sensory whisky experience". In a clever nod to the empire's roots as a fashion label, the bar's bespoke haberdashery cabinets are be filled with ingredients. Settle into one of the comfy lounges and enjoy personal trolley service, or sit at the bar to get a side of whisky knowledge with your drink. J&M has an upper hand compared to other bars in that it will stock exclusive whiskies that you can't buy anywhere else in the country.
If straight whisky isn't your thing, you can try one of their specially-crafted cocktails with fun names like the Blood and Marie (Chivas Regal 18-year-old, Cynar, Cherry Heering, Antica Formula, pink grapefruit and cherry dust) and the POPSCOF (buttered popcorn washed Chivas Regal 18-year-old, salted caramel syrup, bitters and Himalayan salt). A short menu is also available if you need some nibbles with your drink.
J&M is a welcome addition to the city's bar scene and your chance to savour a slice of Sydney history and some world-class whiskies.