Jacksons on George

This CBD stalwart is back under the guidance of Maurice Terzini with inventive pub feeds, a European bistro and an expansive rooftop bar.
Ben Hansen
November 08, 2023

Overview

What was once a CBD institution for late-night revellers as the final stop on a night out before you were forced to head home, has reopened as a flash multi-storey and multi-concept pub. Jacksons on George reemerged after years in the wilderness in September 2023 following a multimillion-dollar renovation under the guidance of Maurice Terzini (IcebergsRe-) and his DTL Entertainment Group partner Michael Broome.

There are three distinct spacews in the new Jacksons on George: the ground-floor public bar, a flash new French bistro and the sleek cocktail-fuelled rooftop bar.

Leading the charge across all three levels is Head Chef Steven Sinclair, who arrives at the venue with a wealth of experience in world-renowned kitchens. Alongside time spent overlooking Bondi Beach at Icebergs, he's also cut his teeth at two of Ireland's top restaurants, The Old Schoolhouse Inn and The Potted Hen.

Wander in from George Street and you'll find a classic pub sporting a fresh fit-out from Sydney-based studio Richards Stanisich. Both here and up on the rooftop, you can expect the tried-and-true combination of pub feeds done well, house twists on classic cocktails and perfectly poured local beers. The ground-floor public bar even has Hard Solo on tap.

Some of the unexpected turns you'll discover on the Jacksons on George pub menu include slow-cooked duck sausage rolls, tempura prawn rolls and roast chook cooked over charcoal. Plus, there's a signature dessert on offer: the Jacksons banoffee sundae. There's also a happy hour in the Public Bar every weekday between 4–6pm offering $7 beers and wine.

Changing things up above the public bar is the 120-seat Bistro George, a European-inspired diner that champions local produce. Framed by a sea of high rises, this first-floor restaurant offers an abundance of charm and is an ideal date-night or pre-theatre destination.

If you're heading to the bistro, our tip is to order a bunch of starters for the table. The wood-fired potato bread, clams casino, beef tartare, chicken liver parfait and salmon gravlax on a sourdough crumpet are all supremely impressive.

Throughout Jacksons on George, you'll also find an impressive art collection including a series of works from Archibald and Sulman Prize finalist and Yankunytjatjara artist Kaylene Whiskey, who injects her award-winning blend of traditional Anangu art and contemporary pop culture into the space.

And, if you're on the hunt for an intimate spot to host your work Christmas party or a milestone birthday, Bistro George has a 30-guest private dining room, translating the luxury of the restaurant into a secluded corner of the venue.

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