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The Establishment - Sydney

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.

252 George Street Sydney

Source : The Establishment website


Built 1881-85 as an emporium for Holdsworth MacPherson and Company, the great Sydney hardware merchants. For thirty years, from 1931, it was the home of The Bulletin newspaper. This seven storey building is a good example of a Victorian Free Classical style design, containing some notable interiors of the period and is rare for the time in displaying Australian National symbols in three dimensional form. The facade of brick and render is essentially in the Baroque manner with unusual attention to the side elevations, which have arched bays and pilasters.

It was substantial damaged by fire in 1996.

Source: Heritage NSW

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Taken on April 13, 2012