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Establishment Bar

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Address: 252 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
61292403000
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12:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 01:00
Sat 12:00 - 02:00
Description:

Classic elegance meets a pitch-perfect party atmosphere at the ground floor...

Classic elegance meets a pitch-perfect party atmosphere at the ground floor Establishment Bar. Flanked by lines of magnificent iron columns and a 42-metre-long marble bar centrepiece, the former George Patterson House retains much of its formal glory. A space packed with heritage features that make this historic venue a unique place to enjoy a drink. Quick bar service, an experienced staff and a multi-award winner all add up to a true Sydney icon. Step inside for a cool drink, a light snack, or a delicious meal from our extensive bistro and Thai menu.

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We were waiting for our dinner reservations and decided to come here for drinks beforehand. We were lucky to get standing spots at the bar. Two of us shared a bottle of wine while... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
susan s
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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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108 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were waiting for our dinner reservations and decided to come here for drinks beforehand. We were lucky to get standing spots at the bar. Two of us shared a bottle of wine while someone else ordered drinks. We received our $10.50 change after ordering another beer and we left it in front of us since we were talking. Moments... More 

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Thank susan s
Houston, Texas
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Loved the Establishment Bar! Staff was super friendly. I ordered a glass of Champagne and the server inspected the flute before pouring, which was impressive. Trendy and a W Hotel feel. They serve food but we only ordered cocktails. Would def go back!

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Thank Texastravelchick1959
Shanghai, China
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We went on salsa night...Atmosphere is nice (in further part) , music is fine. Dancers are not pro (not even close to that)...Drinks prices are reasonable. The next day they had salsa night at Argyle, we checked out the place at 6pm (yes, dance starts at 9pm)...there was happy hour from 5 pm to 7pm...i also liked the place....i was... More 

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Thank Alexa G
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We were looking for a place as close to Wynyard as possible as our usual meeting place , the Menzies has closed. One of our party had been previously and advised it was very noisy at night but ok for lunch (we went on a Saturday). It is very handy to Wynyard, very clean and comfortable, helpful waiters/waitresses. Went through... More 

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Thank Deliaann43
Sydney, Australia
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113 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I visit here every now and then and I think it's a solid performer but there is nothing special to the place now. For a city bar the atmosphere is great and the drinks well priced. There is a Thai restaurant for lunch which does good food. Try there Thai Beef Salad, it's a winner.

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Thank lovealunch
Singapore, Singapore
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56 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

I wish they had service for food in the bar area, but otherwise this place is great! Always busy and the drinks are reasonably priced.

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Thank Melisa W
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Friday night is full on. Older after work crowd. More men then women. 25 - 60s. Sat night very young. 18 - 25. Friday night : slow bar service, the women behind bar tend to serve the men first. So buy a bottle ladies! Happy hour drinks 530 to 730 Music can be better. But ok after a few drinks.... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

drinks are really slow ok crowd good selection of drinks not very familiar with order taking (will have missed orders or wrong orders if you order in a group >5 ppl)

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Thank MmmmmmmmmmmmmmmV
Singapore, Singapore
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119 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I went for lunch at this place last week and came back quite disappointed. The food was rather ordinary. The place is quite large and make sure you have reservations as it can get quite crowded with the CBD crowd. This place is a short walk from the Sydney CBD. We had a reservation and we got our seat pronto.... More 

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Thank ANANDKMOORTHY
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Walked past this classy looking bar and went in for a drink after a long day of shopping. The staff were so nice and friendly. They had a chat with us as we were visiting Sydney and after us asking about where to eat recommended Mr Wong's (which was amazing by the way!!) then offered to book us a table... More 

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