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Marble bar

Address: Level B1, 488 George Street Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9266 2000
Email: drink@marblebarsydney.com.au

Tags: live music, cocktails

The Marble bar has been a superb work of art since 1893. The original George Adams Bar, named after its talented builder, was crafted costing the (then astronomical) sum of 32,000 pounds. This vast amount was secured through the incredibly successful Tattersall's Sweep, one of a series of horse racing sweepstakes held in NSW throughout the late 1800s. Decoration of the Marble bar, a part of the Adams Hotel, was nothing short of breathtaking, and followed the ornate traditions of the Italian Renaissance. Corinthian columns with solid bronze capitals, 100 tonnes of the world's best quality marble from Belgian and African quarries, cedar joinery and stained pictorial glass frames combined to create an opulent ambience unheard of in the colonies at that time.

Yet more delights were to come - cavernous fireplaces inlaid with varicoloured marble, elaborate plaster ceilings and 14 superb Edwardian paintings. After years of colourful history, in 1968 the Bar received an "A" rating from the National Trust of Australia, and the entire structure was carefully dismantled, refurbished and rebuilt inside the Hilton Sydney. The grand re-opening was in 1973. In the following decades the bar hosted generations of international visitors and local revellers alike, yet the years took their toll. Smoke damage, staining and general wear and tear dulled the gleam of this world class masterpiece. To restore the bar to its former glory has been a labour of love, but each hand crafted column, rejuvenated cedar frame and perfectly shaped cornice now sparkles with renewed magnificence.

Settle back, share a drink, and bask in the reflected ambience of a fully restored Australian icon.

Marble Bar is now known for being one of Sydney’s best underground live music venue showcasing the best in upcoming artists.



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