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Banchō, Haymarket, AU-NSW

Banchō

4.7
4.7
144 Reviews
$A40 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Banchō is a cocktail and whisky focused small bar in Sydney's Chinatown. We’re excited to bring a quality drinking experience to Chinatown. Our cocktails showcase local market produce and the bounty of Asian ingredients around us. Our bar features a large selection of Japanese and Scotch whisky, including rare and independent bottlings. And our bar snacks are designed to go hand in hand with the top shelf drinking to be had here at Banchō.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $A40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Japanese Speciality
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    (02) 8097 9512
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    Table/bottle service. Private whisky lockers are available.
  • Neighbourhood
    Haymarket
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    5 minutes from Central Station (Railway Square Exit)
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine

What 144 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

144 Reviews
  1. matthewp

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bancho was great as always. Great range of Whiskey, especially Japanese

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  2. PeterH

    Sydney

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Given I had family staying for the holidays I wanted to treat them to this bar. The confirmation from OpenTable meant nothing as the bar was closed leaving me scrambling to find another venue. Very poor management to not inform OpenTable of the closure and not a great way to treat customers.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a whiskey. 10/10 recommend. Thanks guys

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  4. SamB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic place all round. Staff ensure the experience is great. Fabtastuc food and drinks. We will be back everytime we are in Sydney. A big thank you to all the staff!

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  5. MarkG

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good - excellent service, knowled geable staff. Great drinks

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  6. RichardT

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Place and range options of whiskey was perfect. The service from Heju and Jane was quick and excellent. Made our night there really enjoyable. We definitely will come back.

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  7. CarrieB

    Portland

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely space, if a little "corporate" feeling (the speakeasy vibe could be enhanced by adding some dark curtains to the front windows and doors). We arrived early in the evening to find we were the only ones there and were seated right by the front door. The small bites were great and the creative drinks were accented with hand cut ice. Service was excellent - appropriately attentive and kind.

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  8. StephenK

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always. Favourite bar in Sydney. No matter which friend I take there for the first time, they always love it. The drinks, the service, the foods. All amazing.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were all fantastic! This place is a must

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  10. AmandaH

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place, amazing food and drinks and service. Highly recommend. My favourite bar in all of Sydney.

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  11. SamanthaS

    Tokyo

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool bar for after work, pre dinner drinks. Service was excellent...prices a little high however that's Sydney. Definitely recommend.

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  12. LanaH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the Intro to Japanese Whiskey Flight snd omg the Pork Gyozas were mind blowing! A very cool place.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great environment and service. Drinks are creative and fabulous. Love the one with popcorn and FIRE! What a night!

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  14. SteveP

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place to have some amazing cocktails and snacks.The atmosphere is good and the staff are friendly.

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  15. MickD

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktail bar in Chinatown, great place to have a drink before or after dinner

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  16. Steph

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great moderate sized bar for unique cocktails in the heart of Chinatown. Good atmosphere and friendly staff. We were seated at the bar which was interesting to watch cocktails being made. Pricing is fairly standard. Booking is recommended and seating is usually 90 mins. They accept card with a surcharge or cash. It's a bit dark and there are some steps at the entrance so be aware. There was a party upstairs so it was rather noisy. The entrance is slightly hidden and it is down a small laneway about 10 minutes walk from the train station.

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  17. AdrianG

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic night out!! A hidden gem in the heart of the city. Loved it!!!

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  18. DanielleR

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great vibe, delicious cocktails & yummy nibbles! Particularly enjoyed the Kingfisher and their take on a Negroni. Soft shell crab bao buns were amazing!!

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  19. JoshR

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best gyoza in Sydney, maybe the best. Marinated and made in house, the sauce is amazing. High balls are also a reasonable price and delicious.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bangui has the best cocktails in town. Great Negroni

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  21. Harry

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I thought the food and drinks were nice and reasonably priced. However, while it was busy we did feel like we were rushed to get out. not sure but we were told we needed to leave after about 1-1.5 hrs. in my opinion it should be a 2 hr reservation. Had this been the case we would have ordered another round of drinks. additionally, I dont remember seeing is it was possible to book certain seats e.g. at the bar or on the couches. Not a deal breaker but might be nice to add the option.

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  22. Cheryl

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous little bar , great service , gin cocktail delicious & food excellent . Loved it .

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  23. MichaelO

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great athmosphere, delicious cocktails and a vibe befitting an amazing friday night out after work in the heart of sydney!

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  24. brando

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good as usual however had my go to cocktail “Senpai” it was little too sour.

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  25. MattD

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a fantastic bar - staff were amazing, drinks were great - we didn’t eat, but will next time!

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  26. HannahC

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent, the bar had a great atmosphere and all of the drinks were exceptional. Would absolutely recommend!

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  27. VictoriaM

    Sydney

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it, great to have a good bar in this part of Sydney!

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  28. Mahaut

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The drinks were amazing and the service perfect. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

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  29. BarHoppero

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Bancho is one of my favourite bars in Sydney. I’m a regular walk in and always try to bring my visiting friends and family when they come to Sydney. However one of the things that I don’t appreciate about the service is we often feel rushed. Yesterday they reminded us ten times (we literally counted) that we needed to clear the table by 7:30pm. Even upon arrival at 6pm the first thing the server told us was we need to be out by 7:30. We were well aware and were ready to leave by 7:20pm, we even paid the bill early and sat for a final few minutes before the staff came by and reminded us again. This has been my experience nearly every time I’ve come for a catch up with friends, and it’s not particularly a cheap experience with the number of cocktails and food we usually get. It feels super transactional and unwelcoming because of this.

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  30. Anita

    Sydney

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a nice, intimate place to enjoy whiskey and cocktails. I always have such a pleasant experience here. Hope your “Pretty in Pink” cocktail can become a permanent item on your menu as it is my favourite pink cocktail I’ve tasted in Sydney so far!

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  31. Liana

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The edamame was very salty, but the veggie gyoza was good. I loved the decorations from the Neon Playground event in the bar.

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  32. ManasK

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome drinks, ambience and service, a must try is the Hong Kong Sour !

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  33. MissJB

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We went for the whiskey..& expected a more refined experience . Service was good, although took along time to get drinks. They need to figure out the lighting...

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  34. RachelS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff ad innovative cocktails. It’s definitely one of my fave bars.

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  35. EmmaP

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice cocktails, sold us one off the menu didn't realise it would be $8 more than the other cocktails. Food was good.

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  36. Michelle

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The limited high tea event was enjoyable! The vibes at this venue are excellent and the service was friendly. The two cocktails in the package were absolutely delicious! The high tea food was OK. Yummy but nothing to write home about. Overall the entire experience was great value and I’d definitely recommend.

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  37. ElaineF

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was quick , organised . Flexible to a groups request .

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  38. TraceyT

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will be back! What an ambient little bar and the food was fantastic and excellent value. Whiskey and cocktails were delicious. Would have loved tasting notes but hey, they were delicious just the same.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice. The vibe is good. The light is romantic, and of course the cocktails are awesome.

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  40. MariaMT

    Sydney

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This little bar has been on my list for awhile. Came for pre-theatre drinks, great atmosphere with an awesome selection of whisky and range of cocktails - we ordered Highball: Calpico & soda with Taketsuru Pure Malt, The Japanese Negroni, Lychee Blossom and Hong Kong sour. Nice little selection of snacks. We will definitely be back when we can just sit back and relax.

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FAQs

Banchō is rated 4.7 stars by 144 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Banchō

10 Thomas Lane, Haymarket, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Haymarket
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Price
    $A40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Japanese Speciality
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    5 minutes from Central Station (Railway Square Exit)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine
  • Phone number
    (02) 8097 9512
  • Catering
    Table/bottle service. Private whisky lockers are available.
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