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On the corner of York Street and Spring Gardens, Browns Bar and Brasserie restaurant is just right for just about any occasion. Whether you’re seeking a night of cocktails, an afternoon tea or a
quick pre-theatre dinner Browns provides just the right balance of up-market style and laid back affordability. Converted from what was once The Athenaeum, one of the city’s most famous pubs, and
before that Parrs Bank, an opulent banking hall, Browns Bar and Brasserie is a superb example of Edwardian baroque architecture, with some art nouveau detailing thrown in for good measure. The
Browns team have made the most of the history and charm of the building, turning it in to a bustling, attractive and comfortable venue. Here, you’ll enjoy a classic blend of old and new cookery, a
la carte dishes, sharing platters and bar snacks plus drinks ranging from fine wines to fabulous cocktails.
Browns on York Street feels like it’s been there longer than it actually has. Or maybe that’s just me. The building itself has been there over a century and before the site was taken over by Browns about four years ago, it was a pub – both of which are very popular with the local office crowds. And it’s no surprise. Inside this old bank, there’s a real old world office feel. Marble and dark wood, and despite the large windows trying to bring in a lot of light, it still feels like an old style wine bar in some respects, with lots of brass, glass and men in suits...
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