Start in Fitzroy with Japanese drams at Elysian Whisky Bar. Take the 11 tram into the CBD for basement tipples at Beneath Driver Lane, then head to handsome Boilermaker House where 850 whisky bottles gleam above the bar. The choice is just as alluring at cosy and welcoming Whisky and Alement and its upstairs sibling Melbourne Whisky Room. Classy cocktail bar 1806 has a soft spot for whisky and serves curious whisky and cheese matches. Duck down Malthouse Lane to Eau De Vie, where the passion for whisky runs deep, then head to Whisky Den where friendly waiters love chatting about the stuff.

To round off your whisky wander, book in for a tour and tasting at dynamic Starward Distillery, where you can follow the production process all the way from grain silo to your glass. You'll need to hop in a cab to get there. Find them in their temporary South Melbourne pop-up at 20 Yarra Place until mid-April while the Port Melbourne distillery undergoes renovation.

4km plus cab to Starward