Marble Bar turns 120 years

Hilton Sydney’s Marble Bar is celebrating its 120 years of history by introducing a signature 120 cocktail and live music daily during October. The anniversary commemoration kicks off with the unveiling of a history wall displaying newly recovered doors and souvenirs from the original bar.

hroughout the years, Marble Bar has shaken many concoctions, and through its birthday month, its bartenders will bring back forgotten classics such as the Million Dollar cocktail and a classic champagne cocktail served with Moet & Chandon and Hennessey VSOP Cognac, in a reinvigorating style. Marble Bar is partnering with legendary James Squire Brewery with a special pricing on offer.

What says Australian history better than a James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale at Marble Bar?

Following the launch of Discovered at Marble Bar earlier this year, the bar invited local musicians – past, present and new bands – to join celebrations and be part of its 120 year trajectory. The October musical line-up promises to be eclectic.

”Most bars have a lifespan of a few years but Marble Bar has managed to defy the odds,” says hotel manager Felix Busch. ”The secret to its longevity might lie with staying true to what it is – a uniquely stylish and welcoming bar with excellent service and entertainment.”

Surviving 12 decades of music and fashion, Marble Bar has lived through many changes, yet still manages to surprise. Marble Bar recently discovered the original swing doors from the Adams Private Bar in Tattersall’s Hotel, which have been donated back to Marble Barby Tattersalls Group Limited. These doors are the main features of the history wall, also adorned with books, vintage games, news clippings and photographs from the past 120 years. The commemorating wall can be viewed in the foyer of Marble Bar at B1/488 George Street, Sydney.

A 120th birthday party is too big to fit into one day, so Marble Bar festivities will go until October 30 with live music daily and no cover charge. In Marble Bar will be giving away 120 beers during the month and will host a Gatsby-themed party on the last Saturday in October. The original bar was named after its namesake builder, George Adams, and was built in 1893 for 32,000 pounds. This amount was secured through the successful ”Tattersalls Sweep,” one of a series of horse racing sweepstakes held in NSW in the late 1800s. The Marble Bar received an A rating from the National Trust of Australia in 1968 and the entire structure was moved from Tattersalls in 1973 and carefully dismantled, refurbished and rebuilt inside Hilton Sydney. Marble Bar’s furnishings are often referenced as nothing short of breathtaking, heralding the ornate traditions of 15th century Italian renaissance. The bar is adorned with striking Corinthian columns with solid bronze capitals, 100 tonnes of the world’s best quality marble from Belgian and African quarries, and cedar joinery and stained pictorial glass frames combined to create an opulent ambience unheard of in the colonies of that time.

The bar was adorned with 14 Edwardian paintings by Australian artist Julian Ashton – valued at an estimated $1.6 million and features the four original fireplaces, which were restored piece by piece when the bar was moved from Tattersalls.

After years of colourful history and following the bar’s move to Hilton Sydney, the doors were no longer required, and subsequently left Sydney with George Adams when he relocated to Queensland to operate the lotteries. The doors travelled with Adams to Tasmania and Victoria where they have been in Tattersalls Melbourne head office for the past 16 years.

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488 George St
Sydney NSW 2000
T: +61 (02) 9266 2000

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