People have been going to the Marble Bar for decades but yet they seem to have forgotten that the Marble Bar was the original small bar of Sydney. Tucked underneath the Hilton Sydney like a secret den, the landmark Marble Bar is a musical hub in the heart of the city. It’s a stylish setting to enjoy live artists in decadent Victorian surrounds, whilst sampling premium beers, fine wine and classic cocktails. Built in 1893, the Marble Bar’s opulent furnishings have been influenced by 15th Century Italian Renaissance. It features 35 different varieties of Italian, Belgian and African marble as well as stained glass doors and ceilings, ornate carved bars of mahogany and a gallery of 14 Julian Ashton paintings valued at an estimated $1.6 million AUD. Marble Bar has had stars like Liza Minnelli, Wyclef Jean, Eve, Kelly Rowland, Mischa Barton, Ewan McGregor, Adam Lambert and Slash party amongst its breathtaking and original marble features.
On 10 October 2014 the official re-launch of the illustrious Marble Bar occurred at the Hilton Sydney. An exclusive group of 100 guests including Viola Kumanji and Simon Hancock, Scot Tweedie and Georgia Berg, Mia Morrissey, Christian Wilkins (son of Richard Wilkins), Alvin Quah, Jeff Lack, Jabba (Jason Davis) attended the event.
Guests were treated to a selection of classic cocktails taken from the newly redeveloped menu which aptly pays homage to all of the quintessential favourites of our time such as a perfectly balanced Vespa Martini and a refreshing Mint Julep. Guests also enjoy share plates including savoury mozzarella and parmesan arancini, truffled french fries with parmesan cheese, Cajun wedges, gourmet hot dogs, wood fired pizzas, traditional shish kebabs, artisan cured meats, roasted spiced nuts and house marinated olives.
Also on show was the brand new top shelf, single malt whiskey offering. With an impressive 45 additional pours, the new range hails from Scotland (Islay, Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, Campbelltown, Orkney Islands, Isle of Skye), Ireland, Japan, Canada, America (bourbon and rye) and finally a modest selection of Australian whiskey – making it arguably one of the most ambitious whisky menu’s in Sydney.
Guests were entertained by a specially curated rock’n’roll, old Soul and 1950’s New Orleans Jump Jive band, The Dominos. The Dominos will be performing at the Marble Bar every Friday night, transforming the space into an old time dancehall. Live music will be also be playing every Wednesday through Saturday.