The Marlborough Hotel (Marly Bar)145 King St, Newtown, NSW
Known to locals as the Marly, is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a drink with friends. The Marly incorporates the Marly bar, Bar Prego, Level One bar, The Cellar, The Deck and the Marly bottle shop. For a social visit, guests are invited to catch a variety of the best live entertainment from the Marly Bar, enjoy a delicious cocktail from Level One, dance the night away in The Cellar.
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The Marly Bar Review
Review By Kelly Teng
To describe The Marlborough Hotel (or The Marly, as it is affectionately known by regulars) is to put everything that is quintessentially Newtown into one convenient location, and slap a name on it. The Marly fuses classic Newtown attitudes with understated pub chic, and as a result it's no wonder that everyone in the Inner West knows this name.
From the outside, The Marly looks like any other bar that might be found in Sydney: simple, affordable, and a little bit trashy...but like Sydney, this spot is full of surprises. Just stepping in transforms any person's impression: the bar is homey, spacious, and well lit. The Marly is split into three levels, each with a distinct purpose, and caters to almost any guest that decides to walk through its doors. The main level is the Marly Bar and the courtyard bar, where people can have a few drinks or a quick bite, and catch up. This part always has people, and you can count on a generous amount of seats so that you won't be stuck standing and drinking while awkwardly trying to maintain a conversation and find a spot to put your drink. The upper level is where The Marly oozes sophistication, and has a delicious cocktail menu to boot. Finally, the Cellar houses an underground bar where patrons can escape the normal bar scene and find themselves in a funky new vibe.
Conveniently, The Marly sits right on King St which means that the crowd that comes here is a little bit indie, and a lot of Newtown. There are plenty of uni students ready to have a good night out in the weekends, but during the week the people here are as diverse as you can possibly find them...but don't come looking for the Soho or Ivy crowd, because this place is the place to be if you want to avoid those clubbers. Drinks are also standard prices, which means that you can come here and have a beer or a cocktail without feeling like you've just lost weight from all the money leaving your wallet.
It wouldn't be Newtown without bands and trivia, and The Marly has both. Wednesday nights are the nights to be here for trivia, and every week there is plenty of live music to entertain the groups that come here. Of course, when it's quiet there's background music as with any bar, but The Marly makes sure that this is not the music that comes out of mainstream radio. Instead, expect bands, bands, and more bands to be accompanying your time here because...well hey, what does the Inner West do best?
If you're ever in Newtown and feel the need to catch a band or a drink - or if you're fresh into the Inner West and looking for a place to go - The Marly is most definitely the place to be. Just bring your own iPod if you want to hear some Pitbull every once in a while, and your night will be golden.
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A 2nd Review of The Marlborough Hotel
By Ben King
For Newtown locals, the Marly as it is known as is probably the most popular and well known venues on King Street. For everyone else who has been there, it is just another top notch venue that is quintessentially Newtown.
With 3 floors each sporting something a little bit different, the Marly has born witness to some great nights out. The top floor provides a classy, elegant night out with sensational decor, pool tables and amazing courtyard and balcony. This level predominantly attracts local university students looking for a fun night out on the town, with quick service, relatively cheap drinks and bar staff willing to make shots to order.
The feature of this level would have to be the enclosed courtyard, creating an amazing laid back atmosphere whether it be summer or winter. With the addition of a DJ, the upper level ensures something for everyone, just don't be disappointed it closes at midnight.
It's at this point you head downstairs to what is tantamount to a different world of clubbing. Class and sophistication is replaced by live music, carpet and people rocking on to local live music acts. The atmosphere here is again very Newtown, with revellers in there 30's from all walks of life enjoying a great night out. Drinks are cheap, service is good and if you are looking to meet someone new, you won't be short of potentials.
The basement level is the newest addition to the Marly Bar and is where you will find the latest RnB and Hip Hop blaring. Although not normally packed to the brim, this section of the Marly definitely provides somewhere to go if the live music gets a little much.
As a landmark on the Newtown clubbing circuit, the Marly seldom disappoints, and testament to this is its longevity. If you are in Newtown and wondering where to go, then the Marly is always a safe bet.
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