Esquire Drink + Dine: New York-style supper club opens in QVB

06 May, 2019 by Tam Allenby

(Image credit: Belinda Rolland and Damian Flanagan)

The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in the Sydney CBD is emerging as a new late-night hotspot, with the launch of Esquire Drink + Dine last week.

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The new venue, described as a New York-style supper club, is the latest opening from hospitality group Trippas White Group, and joins Reign – a champagne bar a level down on level one – as the second venue in the group’s portfolio in the historic building.

While Esquire officially launched last week (Thursday 2 May), it has been open since 28 March.

The venue brings together reimagined modern-Australian comfort food classics – like jaffles and roast chicken – with an array of the world’s best spirits, more than 100 wines and handcrafted cocktails.

A dark oak bar is framed with mosaic and parquetry flooring, soft leather seating and moody lighting, making the most of the QVB’s Romanesque revival architecture.

Trippas White Group Managing Director, Joseph Murray, said the launch of Esquire marks a new era of Sydney CBD dining destinations and late-night offerings, and is a significant milestone for the Trippas White Group as it expands into operating its own consumer retail dining venues.

“The recent launches of Esquire Drink + Dine and Reign Champagne Parlour & Bar have defined the company’s pathway and aspirations for further growth as we continue to evolve from a humble hospitality business with institutionalised service excellence and hospitality heritage – our ambitions remain high and our focus on growth is fixed,” he said.

“Through innovative and progressive venue designs, we continue to surprise and delight the market and our customers – with new venues such as Esquire that inspire the senses and bring excitement back into Sydney’s late-night dining scene.”

Esquire operates seven days a week for lunch, dinner and drinks, opening its doors at midday until late.