Level B1, 488 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000http://www.marblebarsydney.com.au
Still going after 118 years
Thanks to Lorna O'Neill from Hilton Sydney for inviting me to the 118th Birthday event of the Marble Bar which I thought started at 9 pm but unfortunately upon arriving soon discovered it actually started three hours previously at 6 pm. I had accidently read the opening time to the public on the media release instead of the official start time on a separate invite — 'me idiot'. Oh well, I guess these things happen but unfortunately I missed out on the party canapés of Peking pancake, Feta cheese and roast pepper bruschetta, Smoked salmon & cream cheese on rye bread, Seared Tuna, cucumber with wasabi mayo and baby cress, Baby chicken and leek pies with sour cream, Mini pizza with tomato, mozzarella & basil, Prawn twisters with ponzu sauce, Mini beef & mushroom Wellingtons with tomato sauce, Sugar cane prawns with mango mayonnaise — I so wanted to see what those Prawn twisters were.
A couple of kind bartenders provided me a couple of the party cocktails that were apparently served at the event (I missed). The Charlie Chaplin ($16) made with Plymouth Sloe Gin is balanced with apricot brandy & freshly squeezed lime juice had a nice balance of flavours. The Manhattan wasn't on the menu but it's lethal alcohol content was certainly evident for those who like it a bit stronger. I was then made two of their most popular cocktails and I could see why (pictured above). Very drinkable with recognisable flavours. The Citroen Appletini ($18) is a mix of Ketel One Citroen vodka, Pomme Verte & freshly squeezed lemon juice — ‘Wow you can really taste the apples’. The fruiter and sweeter Orchid Martini ($16) of Smirnoff vodka, strawberry, passionfruit & freshly squeezed lime juice came with a sugary rim.
PROS: Live band, Free entry, Interesting decor that was around 118 years ago and still looks in pretty good shape, Cocktails made with care, Mens toilet had privacy screens
CONS: Arriving to a party that's already over, Can get quite crowded and noisy, Daggy dancing may develop after too many cocktails
MUST TRY: Reading the invite properly next time
Charlie Chaplin - Plymouth Sloe Gin is balanced with apricot brandy & freshly squeezed lime juice ($16), Manhattan cocktail
Citroen Appletini - a mix of Ketel One Citroen vodka, Pomme Verte & freshly squeezed lemon juice ($18). Orchid Martini - Smirnoff vodka, strawberry, passionfruit & freshly squeezed lime juice ($16)
Friendly bartenders that know how to make a good cocktail
Opulent decor of time gone by
Live band entertainment playing familiar tunes
Marble bar history, built in 1892 costing 32,000 pounds and followed Italian Renaissance
Julian Ashton art possibly?
Mens toilet have privacy screens — very thoughtful and appreciated