Sydney CBD – Personally, I think the QT Hotel is worth a visit if only to check out the lift that plays music to reflect the number of people inside, I got the “lonesome” tune but I hear there are “romantic” and “party” tunes on offer too.
Upstairs is the stunning Avant-Garde lobby: this is eye catching stuff, and time should be taken soaking up the marvellous and somewhat chaotic surrounds, with particular note to some fabulous suitcases, before proceeding to the QT bar and restaurant.
Like everything in QT, Gowings Bar & Grill is beautiful in design. Each part of this $75 million fitout is unique, and this space is no different; the restaurant sports a New York kind of feel and oozes sophistication. The menu is extensive and diverse. When I last went, my friends and I ate the seared yellowfin tuna belly “nicoise salad”, beef bourguignon, and whole line-caught rock flathead and rib eye. The service was impeccable, the wine list as long as a Bronte novel and the ambience and lighting on par.
Once you’ve finished your meal you can head upstairs, past an impressive wall of wine and settle in at the Gilt Bar for a cocktail or two. This is the more impressive of the two bars; modern and colourful but in a colonial setting with the seating extending around the balcony area and table service if you so desire.
Just in case you haven’t got your fill there is also a luxurious spa, barbershop and café on site.
View: www.qtsydney.com.au; Visit: 49 Market Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000; Call: + 61 2 8262 0062; Open: Breakfast 6.30am – 10.30am, Lunch from 12 noon, Dinner from 6pm, Bar 12 noon–12 midnight; Wallet: Starters from $18, Mains from $28, Glass of house wine $8.by