Whether you’re new to the world of cask-aged spirits, or a complete whisky aficionado, Vista Lounge at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a dram or two of scotch, bourbon or Irish whisky – on or off the rocks.

Located within the main resort building just next to the reception, make the most of delicious bar snacks, a great selection of beverages and an elegant yet relaxing ambience every Thursday to Sunday till late. 

Better still, being located within Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort means guests can relax without needing to worry about having a designated driver to get them home safely – with award-winning bars, restaurants and accommodation all on-site. To help you plan an amazing visit to the Hunter Valley, here are a few reasons to visit our whisky bar in the Hunter Valley.

The Best Whisky Bar in the Hunter Valley 

While it’s true that the Hunter Valley is known for its award-winning Semillons, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, there’s so much more to this beautiful region than just wine. Home to delectable artisanal produce, local ingredients and international whiskeys from around the world – there’s something for everyone at Vista Lounge Hunter Valley.

Spend an evening of refined elegance while sampling richly spiced, nutty and sweet malts from Europe, America and beyond. Socialise with cocktails made to order, blending the finest liqueurs, fresh juices and fruit. Looking for dry options? A great variety of mocktails and fresh juices await. 

Of course, being located within the grounds of Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley also means you have some of the best beer gardens, bars and restaurants to enjoy too. Whether meeting for business or looking to unwind before dinner, Vista Lounge serves up quality drinks in classic surroundings.

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Sample 36 Worldwide Whiskys 

When it comes to the finest whiskeys, there are five main things to look for. These are the complexity of flavour, age, smoothness, ingredients and distilling method. At Vista Lounge, discover 36 varieties of whisky from around the world, each with its own unique flavour notes and characteristics. With both blended and single malt options, you’re sure to find something that hits the right spot.

Sample Glenmorangie La Santa with its bourbon malt meets nutty dryness or perhaps a floral yet peppery spiced glass of 12-year Cragganmore. For the single malt lover, indulge with flavour notes of cinnamon, honey, gingerbread and dark chocolate with The Irishman Single Malt. For something more citrusy with hints of hazelnut, the 18-year-old Glenmorangie is a must-try.

Other popular whiskies that feature on the menu include Bruichladdich, Auchentoshan Three Wood, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Johnnie Walker, Jameson and Chivas Regal to name a few. Whether you love an American whisky chaser, a whisky cocktail or a shot on the rocks – find your perfect match at Vista Lounge.

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Light Bites & a Glass of White

If whisky is a little bit strong for your personal tastes, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to a variety of varied wines, liqueurs and hunger-busting bar snacks. Nestled within the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region, sample local reds, whites and rosé by the glass, with a focus on some of the best Hunter Valley wines available.

For bubble lovers, a glass or two of Meera Park Blonde NV Prosecco or Savannah Estate Sparkling Malbec should more than satisfy. The Jade Estate Semillion and Allandale Sauvignon Blanc are beautiful whites while Irongate Cabernet Merlot and Comyns & Co Shiraz shine for the reds. Of course, those who are in the middle will appreciate a glass or two of Irongate Primera Cabernet Rose.

Pair your drinks with a plate of tempura prawns, wasabi peas, Karaage chicken, marinated olives, togarashi fries or candied nuts. The locally-sourced cheese board is a must for those who appreciate the fresh, sharp and clean flavours of fresh Hunter Valley cheese, nuts and figs. Pick and choose between your favourites, sample beautiful local wines and relax on comfortable couches made for settling in on.

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Craft Beer & Cocktails 

Sometimes, there’s nothing better to quench your thirst than a cold glass of craft beer, cider or a signature cocktail. Vista Bar caters to all preferences, with an excellent variety of local and international beverages. Enjoy a tall glass of Sydney Brewery Cider, Pilsner or Lager, available as draught or bottled.

For a true taste of the Hunter Valley, be sure to try a Strawberry Fields cocktail, made using Cazadores Tequila, Strawberry Puree, Lemon Juice and Egg White. Another popular cocktail is the Bramble, which consists of London Dry GIn, Chambord, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup & Egg White.

For those who can’t, or don’t want to partake in an alcoholic beverage, virgin mocktails feature heavily too. Sip on a Virgin Apple Mojito, made using Mint, Cucumber, Lime Juice & Apple Juice. Other popular mocktails include the grenadine-focussed Sweet Sunshine, the Dilmah lemon Citrus Circus and the vanilla cranberry Fruit Fix.

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Stay with us

Make the most of your time in Hunter Valley by staying in our award-winning resort, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Get comfortable in world-class accommodation, with all of the facilities and amenities you could need for a truly memorable stay.

Wine and dine at Lovedale Bar & Grill, Redsalt Restaurant, Lovedale Cafe and Vista Lounge. Relax as all of your stresses are soothed away at Ubika Spa. Let the kids enjoy the only water park in the Hunter Valley, along with fairground rides, an amazing games room and Water Dragons Kids Club. Whether you fancy a round of golf, a game of tennis, or a dip in an adults-only pool – you’ll find it all here.

Come morning, noon or night, discover the best of the Hunter Valley from the heart of Pokolbin with amazing vineyards, cellar doors and activities to enjoy just moments away. Better still, reaching Vista Bar and Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley takes just 90-minutes from Sydney CBD.

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