Three-level food and beverage venue set for Sydney’s CBD

A Sydney hospitality group will breathe new life into the former Menzies Hotel site, with event spaces on the agenda.

The group behind Sydney establishments The Dolphin, Harpoon Harry’s, The Bucket List and Bondi Beach Public Bar, will transform one of Sydney CBD’s historic sites into a multi-level dining and bar venue set to open from July 2021.

The Point Group have signed a 15-year lease to operate the hospitality venues at Shell House, which was formerly home to the Menzies Hotel, located at 2 Carrington Street.

Part of the $2 billion Brookfield Place Sydney development, the revamped Shell House aims to offer an “unparalleled CBD hospitality experience”, with more than 1,600 square metres of indoor and outdoor space.

Point Group CEO Brett Robinson outside Shell House
Point Group CEO Brett Robinson

The operation will comprise a ground floor bar and bistro, The Menzies Bar, which will open in July, the indoor/outdoor Shell House Dining Room and Terrace on level nine and the Shell House Sky Bar on level 10, both due to open in October.

The group has confirmed there will be dedicated spaces for small and large events, with each level able to host up to 300 guests.

Point Group CEO Brett Robinson said this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build an iconic hospitality landmark in Sydney.

The Shell House clock tower was suspended for years as redevelopment works were underway
The hallmark clock tower was suspended for
years as redevelopment works were underway

“We will take the heritage and legacy of the iconic Menzies Hotel and adapt it to modern day expectations,” he said.

“We want to become a new cultural home for the creative, the fun and the social in the CBD. We want to create an oasis in the heart of the city, that tells a new and interesting story as you travel through the three levels of hospitality.

“We will create a new centre of gravity for good times in the city.”

Standing at 65.5 metres high, Shell House’s façade is among the tallest retained heritage façades in the world.

Rooftop diners will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the building’s hallmark 400-tonne clock tower, which was suspended mid-air for several years while Shell House was excavated and rebuilt.

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