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The Basement

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Address: 29 Reiby Place | Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9251 2797
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 00:00

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Monday Night Uber Cool Set

I am a long termer, although now I am also an out of towner not so much a frequent user as I would want to be. Started my association with the basement when it was down the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Turned up for the diner and show, ordered a bottle of wine and paid $55, checked the wine list and it is listed at $50, told the original waiter and he came back with the $5 and explained the " system" and the wine list don't match. Entree was the asparagus soup with sour dough, tasted great but it was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a long termer, although now I am also an out of towner not so much a frequent user as I would want to be. Started my association with the basement when it was down the road covering two floors with a hole between the two floors and the stage in the basement. What was on the menu in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This venue was a fave of mine in the 80s and guess what my first visit back to see the amazing Christine Anu was overall a very good experience. What a fantastic night. Dinner was in the ticket. The asparagus soup was desperately seeking additional flavour .... watery and not inspiring however the gnocchi were brilliant. The 🍾🍾 selection was... More 

Thank Andrea T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We flew in from Canada with tickets in hand for Joe Camilleri a few days after we got to Australia. it was AWESOME we are so glad we took the opportunity. Our name was at the door it was easy to check in no need to search for the ticket you bought a month ago. The venue reminds me of... More 

Thank Suzanne m
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I first started going to this place in the 70's (the Galapagos Duck days). It was always a really cool place to come - so relaxed and laid back with its subterannean atmosphere. Stopped going for many years then came back several years ago. (I'm there for a dinner/show maybe three times a year). It may have been cooler in... More 

Thank Steve M
Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We opted for the A-reserve dinner and show option. We were shown to our table for 2 which was about 4cm from the next table for 2. They pack the tables in tightly so much that people bang your chair with the back of theirs. Someone tried to squeeze past our table and another and knocked our bottle of red... More 

1 Thank SmokeyMclean
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Great show and food, upstairs bar for pre - show drinks. We saw a show called Big Mummas Burlesque show, great live band and entertainment

Thank punkin64
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Have visited twice in the last 3 months with other couples. The Music has been great and the food to a very high standard managed by restricting the menu to 3 entres and 3 mains. Service was great. I will keep going back.

Thank Philip S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Went for the dinner and show option. Lined up for ages to get in- only 1 person checking tickets?! Wait staff were a joke- well intended I think but it's so obvious they are all agency staff with no attachment and certainly no commitment. They knew nothing and had no hospitality instinct whatsoever. Splitting up sections with no incentive for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

What a grand place.Live music of a variety.Jazz, Country....We saw a show with dinner and drinks package.Lovely 2 course meal.Not huge meals.Dessert option was $13. Its intimate enough to see from everywhere in the venue.Can order food from the bar area.Sound is amazing.

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