Queen Victoria Building (QVB) has welcomed two new venues, opening the building up for late-night drinking and dining in a way never before seen in its 120-year history.
Reign Champagne Parlour & Bar and Esquire Drink + Dine opened on 15 March and 28 March respectively, putting the excitement back into Sydney’s nightlife.
Both venues are open seven days for lunch, dinner and drinks. Reign opens at 11am Monday to Friday and for brunch at 10am Saturday and Sunday, closing late each night. Esquire is open midday until late, daily.
Located on level one of the QVB, on the Druitt Street end, Reign serves up over 150 Champagnes and sparkling wines alongside an array of light share-plates.
Set amongst lush marble, brass and soft musk tones, and framed by a Romanesque arch window overlooking Town Hall, guests can enjoy a tasting flight through France’s Champagne region, or sip on an artisan cocktail.
Savour a serve (or two) of king brown mushroom and pork fried rice, or devour a thyme and honey ice-cream sandwich with plums.
As Sydney’s newest bar, Reign is the perfect spot to escape the daily grind, to taste fresh-made fare and the best sips from around the world.
Located on level two of the QVB, on the Market Street end, entering Esquire (see main image) feels like stepping into a New York supper club, complete with reimagined modern-Australian comfort classics alongside an array of the world’s best spirits and hand-crafted cocktails.
Relish in Esquire’s alluring old-world glamour over a long lunch, post-show drink or late-night dinner. A dark, oak bar framed with mosaic and parquetry flooring, soft leather seating and sensuous low lights all make the most of the QVB’s historical Romanesque revival architecture.
Start at the bar and whet your appetite with one of the 100-plus wines, whiskeys and cocktails on the menu. Then tuck into crumbed sweetbreads, a gooey yet crunchy gruyere jaffle, a two-course whole roast chicken for two or a 250-gram Grainge Signature MB3+ Rump Cap straight from the grill.
The kitchen features a domed oven to add a sizzle to the menu, or have a taste of everything with the Chef’s Table Menu.
Both Reign and Esquire are the latest of a string of new venues conceived and built by Trippas White Group, including the new, soon-to-open Sydney Opera House function centre.
Trippas White Group managing director Joseph Murray said: “We’re excited to launch Reign and Esquire in the QVB. It has been a lot of hard work and commitment from the Trippas White team bringing these two brilliant new bar and dining venues to life.
“The QVB is a truly iconic and treasured building, loved by Sydneysiders. Now, the QVB offers two brand new bar and dining venues in the heart of Sydney.
“Our leading chefs, sommeliers and venue hosts are all very excited and ready to help bring a world class bar and dining experience to Sydney’s night life, for all to enjoy.”