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City Hotel

347 Kent St, Sydney, NSW
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When Governor Macquarie named King Street & Kent Street after King George III and his son The Duke of Kent, little did he know that this would inspire the minds of the City Hotel team when taking on the 100 year old pub. The first floor space has been redeveloped into the aptly named Kent Street Living Room. 3 centrepiece crystal chandeliers hang from Victorian ceiling roses whilst the bar is lit by 4 Tom Dixon pendant lamps. There's live music on Thursdays, DJs on Fridays and two private function rooms including a Japanese themed karaoke lounge.

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Review by Kelly Teng

If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you might miss City Hotel as you’re wandering down Kent St. However, once you’re inside, you’ll wonder why you didn’t know about this venue before.

After undergoing extensive renovations, City Hotel combines the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of a London pub with the sophisticated décor and delectable cocktails found in a bar. Housed across three levels, the ground floor boasts large couches, a grand piano, and golden mirrors throughout; if you traverse to the back of this level you’ll be greeted with pool tables (finally!), and the terrace. With its low-key lighting, wooden seats and windows overlooking the street, City Hotel provides a terrace that doesn’t just serve as a smoker’s haven, but also as a great setting to unwind, drink, and enjoy.

Upstairs, the large function room has a Victorian theme (complete with chandeliers and everything!). Commonly used for work events, 21st birthdays and hen/bachelor nights, this level acts as a multi-purpose backdrop for anyone’s party needs. If you instead choose to venture downstairs, you’ll find a room complete with karaoke for all your (drunken) warbling needs.

With such a central location and a venue that oozes pub chic – yes, that is a ‘thing’, as I have pleasantly discovered – you’d be right in thinking that the prices would be fairly expensive. However, be prepared for a nice surprise: both drinks and food sit at standard CBD prices, but the quality is definitely above and beyond what you pay for.

The meals sit at around $15-20, and include traditional pub dishes cooked to perfection. Steak, pork, and burgers are just the tip of the iceberg for what City Hotel offers hungry patrons. These can be washed down with delightful cocktails – caffeine fans must take a taste of the Espresso martini – which are priced between $10 and $20; cocktails are shaken and stirred to perfection. Beers sit between $5 and $10; this is the same for most base spirits and wines.

However, if you don’t want to pay that much, City Hotel offers a range of events on throughout the week with drink and food specials. Tuesday night plays host to trivia, Thursday night sees the Piano Man take to centre stage (with 2 for 1 cocktails as well between 6pm and 8pm), and Friday night is home to The Lick, City Hotel’s self-proclaimed “The Only Way is Essex meets Sydney glamour pub”.

Since City Hotel has such an eclectic range of drinks, food, and décor, it’s no wonder that the crowd it pulls is equally as diverse. After-work drinks on weekdays means plenty of businessmen and women can be found in the evenings; alternatively, as this group heads home at around 10pm on a Friday night, the younger and more rowdy clubbers take over the venue. While there, I noticed pensioners, suits, fresh 18’s, and everyone in between.

The City Hotel is a venue that you won’t forget once you visit. Between the wonderful food, the pub chic décor, and the warm, inviting atmosphere, you'll never walk past 349 Kent Street again.

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