Situated in Hilton Sydney hotel and featuring regular live music, Marble Bar remains one of Sydney's best-loved bars.
Built in 1893, the original Victorian-style decor and artwork made Marble Bar a must-see venue at the former Adams Hotel on Pitt Street, and the whole venue was painstakingly dismantled and transported, piece by precious piece, to its current home at Hilton Sydney.
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.
Please note dress code is smart casual.
Marble Bar is located underneath the Hilton Sydney hotel. To find us, look for the stairs heading down off of George Street (adjacent to the hotel).
Hilton Sydney Hotel
488 George Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000
Phone: (02) 9266 2000