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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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11:00 - 01:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 01:00
Sat 12:00 - 02:00
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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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Elite Happy Hour spot

Men and women alike if you are looking for a fancy happy hour spot this is the happening place on any given Friday night. You will see most people straight out of work coming here... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christina T
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Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Men and women alike if you are looking for a fancy happy hour spot this is the happening place on any given Friday night. You will see most people straight out of work coming here to have a drink and unwind. Put on your party shoes get dressed and go mingle.

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Thank Christina T
Stirling, Scotland
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cane here with my Girlfriend and the staff made us both feel unwelcome. Very aggressive and unfriendly. Won't be back

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Thank Scottish_Sam_21
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ive been to quite a few cool bars around the globe but have never come across any bar who quite has such an overinflated opinion of itself as this place... the door staff have such a chip on their shoulder and really do think they're doing you a massive favour letting you in... inside the room is very nice but... More 

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Thank bigdunc
Perth, Australia
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125 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017 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
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 23 helpful votes
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
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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130 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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
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
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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