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Often referred to as one of Sydney’s most beloved bars, the Marble Bar in the basement of the Sydney Hilton is said to sweep you back in time with it polished cedar, carved ceiling and lush décor filled with rich reds, and browns. It includes examples of some the finest Belgian and African marble in its huge marble arches. There are also stain class windows and Edwardian murals cover the walls.
Serving a wide variety of drinks and an array of live music, this place attracts many suited business men and women right as they get done with a busy day the office, but the crowd’s attire and attitudes grow more casual as the night progresses.
This Victorian-style nightlife hot spot was built in 1893 and originally named the George Adams bar. It was purchased for 32,000 pounds which Adams paid on the spot. He won the money from a slew of lucky Horse racing bets.
After more than 50 years, the building was dubbed an important architectural and cultural landmark by the Australian National Trust. In 1968, the building was carefully restored, dismantled, and moved to the basement of the Hilton. After completion in 1973, the building then received almost thirty more years of love and years of cigarette smoke once again damaged the marble Bar. In 2002, the venue received another renovation costing around 200 million dollars and continues to attract patrons today as it did at the turn of the century.
The Marble Bar has live music every Wednesday through Saturday. The stylings on the Marble Bar’s unique stage vary from local artists to jazz blues and funks. The Marble Bar is also known for its popular cover bands performing classic rock and folk favorites.
Food and Drinks
With a rather brief menu of only a few pizzas, some snacks, and simple main dishes, the Marble Bar is not known for its food. Its drink list, on the other hand, is quite extensive and includes long wine lists, a collection of beers, and many specialty drinks. Some of the Marble Bar's most signature martinis include the raspberry and merlot mixed Marble Bar Martini or the Lychee Rose Martini.
Located near the Sydney Town center, the Marble bar is known as a good stop after a long day shopping in some of the most well known specialty shops and fashion stores in Sydney located along George Street and Pitt Street.
Nearby is the historic Hyde Park and the Hyde park Barracks. The park itself is often bustling with activity and hosts offshoot event from some of Sydney’s signature events such as Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the Night Noodle Marke t among many others. If you are looking for a more historic experience, check out the Barracks which have been around since Sydney was a colony. Another iconic stop nearby is the Town Hall, considered the city’s temple of democracy. Those in search of a more extensive look at Sydney’s history can check of the Museum of Sydney which has exhibits covering much of Sydney history include the history of the indigenous peoples, the original Colony, and the gold rush.