The Bootlegger Bar Katoomba

4.3
136 reviews
$41 to $100
American
Bootleggers resurrecting the speakeasy bar in Australia's oldest resort town, Katoomba. We have smoked meats, Gin and Whiskey feats and always reverential greets.

Experiences

  • After Dinner Cheese & Dessert Menu

    Multiple dates available

    Please note a booking for this time is just offering Cocktails, Dessert, Cheese or beverages.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 136 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.4
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4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was spectacular! Cocktails were yummy and the vibe was super lovely and cosy on a cold winter’s night.

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Ktmbst
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was slow. They said that dessert was run out 30 minutes after we ordered it.

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LeighL
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing! Friendly and efficient, personal but no "hovering."

The food and drinks were incredible - delicious meats, stunning cocktails and such a wide variety I wanted to try one of everything!

We went with the meat platter for two and were not disappointed - the chicken was succulent, the brisket pink and juicy, the sausage (links) was everything it should be and the house-BBQ sauce a perfect accompaniment.

The cocktails! We tried 4 different drinks between a margarita, espresso martini, a Gin-base (Ride the Lightning) and a whiskey-base (Penicillin) and all were fabulous!

Followed by a perfect 12 year old Whiskey, barrel aged and locally distilled and the night was complete!

Will definitely be visiting again :-)

MC
MichaelC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Terrific drinks and food. Good atmosphere on a public holiday Monday night. Service could be improved.

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Bianca
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for dinner here, had an awesome vibe, staff super friendly and food and drinks were delicious. Definitely recommend this place, probably worth booking a table cause it does get busy.

AD
AliD71
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Loved the choices on the menu and the drinks menu was pretty extensive

MC
MattC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The bootlegger food was tasty, good service would go again

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Adrienne
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great cocktail menu and meals. Reasonably priced. Great playlist, ambiance and energetic staff make this place worth a visit. We'll be back on our next trip up!

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with great ambience! We had a lovely family dinner (3 kids), the kids loved their generous sized meals and we really enjoyed the slow cooked brisket, pork and ribs with the best spicy margaritas eva! We had to pop back the next night and grab a few margaritas, as they were so good :) Best food we had while in the Blue Mountains.

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PaulO
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place
Very funky atmosphere, tunes in the back ground , friendly staff and great food and cocktails
I had a hard time choosing but couldn’t go past the brisket 👌

JO
JOhnC
Cancun
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Table was tiny, think waiters forgot us and food took awhile and no waiter gave us attention to get another drink
Food was good.
The one beer was good.

LD
LisaD
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Way over priced. The food was nice, but not even close to worth the money it costs

SM
SusieM
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great find in the Mountains. Service was welcoming, ambience warm and friendly, food lovely, drinks well-made. So impressed we went back the next day.

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Bootlegger. Great staff, especially Juergen he’s the best.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic spot. The staff are amazing, accommodating and professional. Always a must eat when we are up in Katoomba!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This place is so close to being awesome but a few fundamentals just let it down. Plus points- great atmosphere, good styling and branding, good variety on the menu and lots of vegetarian options. But ultimately we booked dinner here for the food. I ordered the slow cooked brisket burger and it arrived stone cold. The cheese they put on it didn’t even melt and the bun was stale. My partner had half a wrack of ribs and they were hot and the meat just fell of the bone. Why did I not just send it back if it was cold, because it took 42’minutes for the food to arrive. In fairness when we went to pay and they asked about the meal
I mentioned that the burger was cold and they did immediately take cost of the burger off the bill. That definitely redeemed the evening. Two other observations- the menus are paper and ours had geese marks on them, why not laminate them, easier to clean. And the dishes that the meals come in slide around the table because there is no tablecloth or placemats between it and the varnished wood tables. Really want this place to be good because the food is different to anywhere else in Katoomba

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Simon
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Great ambiance, friendly and helpful staff. Not sure what happened to the live music that was supposed to be there however. They left before playing a note.

Unfortunately the food was also a let-down. Requested 'medium' steak but was VERY well done. Since it took about a half an hour to receive our order, we didn't send it back. Meals were served in tin trays which are difficult to eat from. Meals are expensive and not worth the prices charged.

Good range of interesting cocktails, although most were a little pricey.

Our waiter and the other waiters and bar staff were awesome, however. Very happy and friendly and despite being clearly under pressure, they were amazing.

They need to either improve their food to match the prices or reduce the prices to match the food.

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Jack
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's an inner-city laneway bar, situated in the middle of the Blue Mountains. Pleasantly surprised at the range of drinks available, and food was heavy (in a good way) and delicious. I recommend trying one of their burgers and paying for the addition of Peanut Butter. I wouldn't have thought it would work but, to my surprise, it does.

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AmyI
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

For a rather expensive restaurant my rack of ribs came out well undercooked and my husbands steak was dry and over cooked.
Staff were lovely but that doesn’t make up for the fact that I was very ill after eating here.

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SunnyC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was cold and flavorless had to put a lot of salt and pepper

KW
KathrynW
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thought the music didn’t quite suit the venue but the food and staff more than made up for it

WS
WillS
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Not good value for money. Ordered the share plate. Two elements were missing ("extra" brisket given, but it was dry and tastless, no notification given of this untill meal arrived). One piece of corn was still raw. Not the best experience.

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Highground
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

A terrible customer service experience. Booked in advance and selected standard seating due to my partners back. However they put us on the bar, with terrible seating. After requesting to move, to other empty seats near the bar, they then opted to move us to a tiny table in a walkway near the entrance. It then to further complaining to other staff then to get moved back to those empty seating near the bar. Food also took some time to arrive, and was average at best.

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AaronT
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great. It was a little noisy but every seat was taken so it can't be helped

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Erich
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Ribs came with no sauce actually the meals /meat platter came with tiniest amount of sauce I’ve ever seen , The loaded chips were cold an who charges $25 for a slice of pie.

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Jbnh
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

First of all our server was amazing. She was so attentive and a delight to be around.

We were disappointed with the food though. My ribs were tough and not typical fall of the bone type I prefer. My partner had the brisket and it was good but felt it was quite small and overpriced. I loved the coleslaw and my partner finished my ribs.

The drink service was great and the atmosphere was fun. Just a little disappointed with the food.

BC
BrettC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We booked 7pm Saturday night well in advance, arrived on time and they were busy. We were seated promptly and our drinks order was taken soon after. After 30 mins our food order was taken 2 x Mains and a side order and we were then advised that our order would be a while because of 2 large bookings. We agreed to this, and changed our side to a Starter - should have walked there and then. At 8:30 our starter arrived with apologies, the offer of a free round of drinks and the promise that our mains were 5 mins away. At 9:00pm we paid for drinks and 1 starter and walked out, by this time we weren't hungry.
2 hours of our lives we will never get back!

AZ
AnnaZ
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails , awesome food can’t wait to come back !

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BelindaO
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely go back! Great food and service. Awesome music.

ST
SallyT
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bootleggers is a cool and relaxed place to hang out with friends to catch up for a long chat. Hang on to your menu and chill while you try the excellent range of share plates or feed your uhunger with a burger if you just ran in the UltraTrail. Enjoy the vibe.

JM
JackoM
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

My wife and I have enjoyed the Bootlegger on a number of occasions and each time I walk away very happy.
The staff are always friendly and knowledgeable and the atmosphere is great.

JJ
JnJadventures
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I was looking forward to this place, however was extremely disappointed.
Service was extremely slow, food was cold. I ordered a steak and it was stone cold. My partner ordered the brisket which was also cold.

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glennt
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I would love to give the place a better review but quite frankly it did not meet my expectations on any level. This is advertised as the best restaurant in Katoomba - I would rate the cafe I had lunch at far more superior. It took over an hour for us to receive our starters and this was only after we asked staff for an ETA-(starters were only cheeseburger spring rolls and cornbread, so nothing difficult and these were mediocre. Our main course then arrived within minutes of the starters which really stopped us enjoying the starters. I will say brisket we had as a main was very nice. Tender and full of flavour. The other main which was the pulled pork was very average and had to much sauce for our tastes. It looked like slopes on the plate. The wait staff were nice, apologetic and professional. If you are going to go I’d suggest going early or be prepared for a long wait.

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donnaa
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place love the cocktails food so much that we bought a bootlegger shirt 😂could do with instructions for downstairs saying toilets though

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Mountainsgal
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, great ambiance, fantastic service, delicious smoked meats and yummy cocktails!

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donnaa
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service always checking your ok and so warm on a cold night . Cocktails are amazing

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AishaS
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Food was expensive for what it was. Cocktails and whisky are great through.

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Pete
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food good if into US-style, particularly smoked wings. Servings relatively small, which guess not so US style. Very disappointed to wait 15 mins for drinks (in bottle so not exactly requiring time to make). Main took over 45 min to arrive. People sitting next to us gave up on one serve that never arrived,so guess service issue not a once off. Really not good enough.

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davidj
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Worth the 45min trip every time we go.

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Sarch
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Drinks were great, as were the cheeseburger spring rolls.
Mains weren’t great to be honest. Hubby’s ribs were tough and dry (no real sauce on them and ribs were not in anyway falling off bone).
I ordered nachos... was unable to get sour cream as they are vegan, but I could choose to add meats to vegan nachos which seemed strange.
Added pulled pork and was again disappointed that there was little flavour to pork.

FAQs

The Bootlegger Bar Katoomba offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 4782 6368.

The Bootlegger Bar Katoomba is rated 4.3 stars by 136 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.