May 11, 2018
Such is the ‘men with money’ vibe at The Establishment you almost expect to see Gordon Gekko here amongst the Sydney stockbrokers propping up the feature 42 metre-long marble bar in fact, this is probably one of the few places left where Michael Douglas’ reptilian Wall Street Trader is still seen as a hero. Built on the ground floor of the former George Patterson House and at pains to maintain some of its key heritage features, this cavernous bar is a sensationally extravagant place, boasting 16 cast iron columns, white brick walls and intricate pressed metal ceilings, while tropical plants add a touch of exoticism and warmth. With a popular happy hour running 5-7pm, Fridays are without a doubt the busiest night, where as many people are talking into mobile phones as are talking to each other and the dress code can be strict, so make sure you look the part. Food is a mix of standard pub fare (with specials changing daily but including a meat roast or fish dish) and Thai there’s nothing here to alarm the traditionally conservative clientele, just decent food, well prepared. The venue is also open for breakfast and does a good value weekend brunch. If you want to put your dancing shoes to good use, the venue hosts salsa evenings Tuesday and club nights Saturday, with other promotions running daily (we’d be tempted by the Thursday Bubbles, which offers a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival) but any day of the week it’s a popular spot for an after work drink with the legal and finance crowd. The larger building is also host to a range of different venues, including Hemmesphere and the Gin Garden, the latter a delightful outside space with a seriously impressive range of gins on offer.