The ultra-hip QT Sydney Hotel, launched late last year, and its buzzing Gowings Bar & Grill restaurant, would have to be two of the most happening hangouts in the Harbour City.
The design hotel, right in the city centre, is a fusion of cutting-edge art, bold interior design and historical architecture that melds two of the city’s most famous buildings, Gowings and The State Theatre.
The hotel is themed on Sydney’s past, but the rooms offer every modern comfort and the service is top-notch with bespoke furniture and a daring use of colour and art. There are 200 guest rooms, all different, and three food-and-beverage outlets.
On the ground level, Parlour Lane Roasters connects the hotel entrance to bustling Market Street and is transformer from coffee shop to an aperitif bar in the late afternoon, while Gowings Bar & Grill on level 1 is the city’s new lunchtime hotspot, full to the brim with folk from the fashion, media and food and wine industries. Adjacent is Gilt Lounge, a cocktail bar catering to Sydney’s late-night party set.
The Bar & Grill (pictured) has a funky mod Australian/American food vibe and an excellent wine list with an outstanding selection by the glass. Long lunches are back in a big way here. On a recent visit the place was packed at 1pm with not a spare table to be found – and around half the punters were still there at 3pm.
The flipside to QT’s energetic bar and dining scene is SpaQ, a sanctuary for relaxation with a range host of spa treatments and packages: including a retro-style barber shop featuring traditional cut-throat shaves.
QT Sydney is on the corner of George and Market streets, Sydney. www.QTHotels.com.au.