Electra House Hotel
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Check out that façade! Built in 1901, this bar-restaurant is a serious piece of stonework
Electra’s three-story sandstone frontage – Corinthian columns, shapely balusters and muscle-clad gargoyles – is impressive, but inside, the main bar is a knockout too, with 6m ceilings, black-cane barstools, tan leather booths, mosaic tiles and tall windows the size of pool tables. Barristers and bankers hit the bar, drinking Tanqueray, cocktails and wines by the glass. On a balmy night, head for the beer garden – an angular brick-and-glass terrace buzzing with after-work office bods looking to impress (no one dresses down here). Bar staff are coolly efficient; food offerings are reasonably priced (try the Vietnamese tempura fish salad); and DJs spin at the console on Friday nights.
131 King William St
|Opening hours:||Tue--Thu 11am-midnight, Fri, Sat 11am-3am|