Establishment Bar

(3 reviews)
252 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales  View Map
Business Hours
By Appointment
Monday - Saturday, 8:30am - 5:30pm
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Establishment Bar weddings have that cool, inner-city atmosphere that's equal parts chic and effortless. The spacious ballroom is located within a heritage building and features soaring ceilings, beautiful architectural features and an impressive marble bar, all complemented by an atrium-like private garden space. Steps away from the modern venue is a stylish boutique hotel.

Bright, natural lighting fills each space at Establishment Bar, where the atmosphere is practically perfect for any style wedding. Whether you're envisioning a Gatsby-inspired bash of epic proportions or an elegant, seated dinner with food and wine as the focus, you'll be in great hands with the Merivale catering team. This award-winning group is behind such restaurants as Uccello, Mr Wong, Fred's, and more. Part of the Establishment Precinct in the heart of Sydney CBD, this stylish wedding venue is surrounded by restaurants, bars and nightlife options for your friends who want to keep the party going after your wedding ends.


Most weddings at Establishment Bar kick off with a ceremony in the garden, a space that feels like your own private oasis courtyard that's been around for ages. The garden isn't your typical grassy knoll, but instead, it's an enclosed brick-walled venue with lush plants, large windows and soaring ceilings. A ceremony here is always going to feel completely unique — a beautiful mix of old and new.


During cocktail hour, your guests might meander between the garden and the ballroom, stopping for craft cocktails at the impressive marble bar before heading into the ballroom for dinner. In the ballroom, white cast-iron pillars and ornate ceiling details set a dramatic, sophisticated tone while your custom wedding styling by the in-house florists and event producers completes the space. Following dinner, head back out to the garden for dancing while your band kicks into party mode. End the night with a stay in the luxury boutique hotel just upstairs, which features a range of spacious suites, including a couple of penthouse rooms.


Top 4 things you’ll love about your Establishment Bar wedding:

  • Modern, Urban Atmosphere. There are very few Sydney ballroom wedding venues that maintain a cool, inner-city vibe, and Establishment Bar does just that, partly because of its location in Ivy Precinct, and partly because of its historic elements mixed with modern pieces like the impressive marble bar and mod chandeliers.
  • Private Courtyard Access. An awesome wedding is all about creating that perfect flow from ceremony to cocktails to dinner and then dancing. When you select a venue like Establishment Bar that has two distinct spaces, it's easy to create a flow that feels fun and engaging for your guests.
  • Incredible Food and Wine. With Merivale behind your wedding menus, you know you're in for a night of incredible food and wine. This award-winning culinary team are happy to create bespoke wedding menus for you, or you can stick with their long list of flavoursome, seasonal options.
  • Luxury Boutique Accommodation. Establishment Hotel is just steps away from the bar, and it's a gorgeous boutique hotel with spacious suites and a couple of penthouse rooms. It's the perfect pre-wedding getting ready spot as well as a relaxing place to unwind when the festivities wrap up.


What the Establishment Bar wedding venue is like: 

  • Heritage venue with beautiful architecture
  • Towering ceilings with ornate designs
  • Stylish mod chandeliers and huge marble bars
  • Lush, tropical plants in the garden


Here’s what else you need to know about Establishment Bar weddings:

  • Exclusively available on Sundays 
  • Seated dinner capacity of up to 220 guests
  • Cocktail reception capacity of up to 1,000 guests
  • Cocktail receptions of up to 150 in the garden
  • Packages start from $200 per guest with a minimum spend or hire fee
  • The venue is licensed until midnight


Am I allowed external suppliers at the Establishment Bar?

  • Merivale is the exclusive caterer
  • External music including live bands and DJs are permitted
  • An in-house team is available for floral and styling, but external vendors may be permitted on approval
  • In-house AV team heads up all audio, lighting and staging


Establishment Bar services and facilities for receptions always include, but are not limited to: 

  • Award-winning catering team
  • Personalised wedding planning and assistance 
  • Wedding ceremony facility in the urban garden
  • Wheelchair access
  • Discounted parking nearby


What are some of the nearby attractions to Establishment Bar? 

  • Establishment Hotel
  • Establishment Precinct
  • Wynyard train station
  • Martin Place train station 
  • King Street Wharf
  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium 
  • Doltone House Hyde Park
  • Queen Victoria Building 



Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 20 / Max 220

Price per head

Low $140 / High $ 180



Ceremony Guests

Min 2 / Max 130

Time restrictions

3:00 AM

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Event time included

5.00 hours

Additional hours

$10 Per Head

Music must end by

2:30 AM

Questions and Answers

What is the address?

Establishment Bar

252 George Street, Sydney 2000 (Ground Floor of Establishment)

Where is the loading dock?

Establishment Bar

1 Bridge Lane, Sydney 2000


(3 reviews)
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24 Mar 2019

They were excellent! Anything that we asked for was fine, they were so accommodating and kind.

24 Mar 2019

They were amazing, they had left champagne for us and set all the rooms up for getting ready and for when we came back afterwards. It was beautiful.

17 Jun 2018

They were absolutely fantastic! They're used to massive events so our smaller wedding was easy for them. They set up the bar and the glass house for us which was beautiful. They were super organised and really professional. the food and wine packages were great too! My only negative is that we chose to stay at the hotel which wasn't as good but our wedding was amazing.


252 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales

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