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The Establishment

#275 of 4,629 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
Bar, Australian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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252 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
07:00 - 11:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 11:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 11:00
Sat 12:00 - 02:00
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popular spot in Sydney's CBD not too far from the Rocks and Circular Quay one way or Town Hall and QVB the other. Big open space with bar down the centre, which is good. Staff are friendly and plentiful which is also good. Food is very limited and drinks are expensive even by Sydney's standards (e.g. $12 for a vodka... More 

Thank JimmyCrocodile
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anyone who has grown up in Sydney over the last 20 years would have or should have met a friend or two at Establishment. Fun, meeting haunt with great service, cocktails and any drink you could want. Bar food delish, cool setting. It's always popular whether a "school night" or weekend.

Thank Angela G
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing coffee. Amazing Service. Amazing Hotel. A lovely Oasis away from George St. New Dan Hong Breakfast Menu Launching soon

Thank Jonathon H
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed one night and loved the room - fantastic old building which they have made the most of. Open bathroom (can be curtained off) with great bath - also nice touches like netflix in the room and 'sleep tight' tea delivered with the turn down service. Great city break hotel, breakfast is delicious and in a wonderful garden room, only... More 

Thank Katherine A
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first hotel in Australia! I am in the resort business... so I am used to very nice places.... I have to say I give this Hotel 5 stars! I was VRY IMPRESSED! Rooms were beautiful, and the charm of this old warehouse is a one of a kind.... Breakfast was a bit pricy... but the best we... More 

Thank Claudia K
Brisbane, Australia
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Went to a function there on the 3rd Floor. Lifts were small and slow. Room was good but you could hear everything going on in the function room next door. Made it very hard to hear the speaker. If you are planning a function here I would probably give it a miss.

Thank Queenslander1234
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Been here previously over the years and has always been an ok place to visit. Well today was another story. Firstly popped in for lunch and a drink, when my wife ordered a drink staff told her we are out of that. She chose a different drink and got to to go to back bar for that, ok we did... More 

1 Thank Tillott
Chittaway Bay, Australia
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75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

I have to say its a nice place to have a drink but the food here is average at best. Expensive and standard. Definitely avoid the $20 burger, you're better off eating fast food. Frozen cold chips accompany a tiny little burger topped with fake cheese and nothing. I think there might have been bacon on it but I can't... More 

Thank Getoffthefrigencouch
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Its been a while since ive had a drink in the city on a Friday night, but Establishment still impresses. Good cocktail menu for the wife and a great selection of beers and spirits for me. Gets really busy and a bit tight for space, but crowd is friendly and bar staf pretty quick with orders.

Thank bradleydasilva
Vancouver, BC
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49 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Great place, great decor, really good service, and great cocktails. Enjoyed the roof top and the boys were able to enjoy cigar service.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Bar, Australian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 11:00
07:00 - 11:00
07:00 - 11:00
07:00 - 11:00
07:00 - 11:00
07:00 - 11:00
08:00 - 11:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 252 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 6192403000
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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