Queen Victoria Building transforms with two new late-night dining venues

March 2019 marks a new era at Sydney’s iconic Queen Victoria Building, with the arrival of two decadent venues opening the building up for late-night drinking and dining in a way never before seen in its 120-year history.

Champagne parlour and bar, Reign at the QVB, and bar and dining room, Esquire Drink + Dine open on 15 March and 22 March respectively, putting the sparkle back into Sydney’s nightlife. Both venues are open seven days for lunch and dinner and until 2am from Thursday to Sunday, serving deliciously risqué combinations until close.

Reign at the QVB, Champagne Parlour and Bar - the new queen of Sydney’s nightlife, opening 15 March

Located in the former ABC store on level one of the QVB, Reign serves up over 150 Champagnes and sparkling wines alongside an array of light share-plates fit for a queen (or king). 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. Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch through to dinner on weekends, Reign is the perfect spot to escape the daily grind and enjoy a quick bite, a longer lunch or dinner. Let the late-night Reign begin!

Esquire Drink + Dine – a new haven in the CBD, opening 22 March

A bar and dining room located on level two of the QVB, Esquire is reminiscent of 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, date night with an S.O. (that’s significant other, darling) or a tipple post-show. A dark oak bar framed with mosaic and parquetry flooring, soft leather seating and sensuous low lights 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 250g 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. 

Led by Trippas White Group, Reign and Esquire are the result of a coming-together of a collective of Sydney’s hospitality heavyweights, befitting the iconic location. 

Hailing from Modena, Italy and previously of Sokyo at The Star and Bambini Trust Restaurant & Wine Room, sommelier Fabio Nistrio has created bespoke drink menus showcasing drops from the big houses next to smaller, lesser-known producers. While Executive Chef Damien Worthington, previously of QT Hotels and The Winery, has pulled his hatted restaurant experience through the menus at both venues, perfectly crafting each bite to match Nistrio’s Champagnes and wines.

Matthew Beaumont, Group General Manager of Beverage, formerly of The Star, Sydney and Merivale, led the charge with the creation and curation of both venues and their drink and dining offering. Patricia Salomo, previously of Haru in New York City and Merivale and The Star in Sydney, will head up both venues as General Manager.

“We’re honoured to launch Reign and Esquire in the QVB. From market, to art school, to one of the city’s best shopping spots, and now a late-night dining venue, the opening of Reign and Esquire will be a true renaissance of this historic building,” said Matthew Beaumont, Group General Manager of Beverage.

“Both venues are intended to excite guests with a bespoke, world-class drinking and dining experience. While the QVB is already known for its cafés, high tea and casual dining options, the opening of Reign and Esquire will turn it into a destination where locals can enjoy a Champagne tasting at Reign or a long sit-down dinner from Esquire’s grill – or both. At 1pm or 1am - whenever the mood strikes."