Two new late-night dining venues are opening at Sydney’s historic Queen Victoria Building.
Champagne parlour and bar Reign at the QVB and bar and dining room Esquire Drink + Dine are opening over the next two weeks (15 March and 22 March respectively). Both venues are open seven days for lunch and dinner and until 2am from Thursday to Sunday.
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.
Located on level two of the QVB, Esquire Drink + Dine is reminiscent of a New York supper club, complete with modern-Australian comfort classics alongside a drinks menu of more than 100 wines, whiskeys and cocktails.
The venture is lead by Trippas White Group, with sommelier Fabio Nistrio (ex- Sokyo at The Star and Bambini Trust Restaurant & Wine Room) creating the bespoke drink menus and executive chef Damien Worthington (ex-QT Hotels and The Winery) in charge of the food.
Matthew Beaumont, group general manager of beverage (ex-The Star, Sydney and Merivale) will oversee all the menus while, Patricia Salomo (ex- Merivale and The Star Sydney) will head up both venues as general manager.
“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 Beaumont.
“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.”