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Helm Bar

$$ - $$$
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Darling Harbour
Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Aquarium Wharf | Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9290 1571
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Today
11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great, relaxed harbourside atmosphere with really great bistro, food. A seaside, upmarket/classy beer garden on the water at ground level and upstairs broad balcony for al fresco dining.

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Thank Anna M
Perth, Australia
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the friendly, fun atmosphere. The food was fantastic! Especially the grilled fish. Hubby loved the TAB, while I loved that they had Bulmers Cider.

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Thank Lynda T
Geneva
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Super spot for people and Sydney watching. The peppered squid was the best we've had anywhere. Friendly staff and good wine selection.

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Thank Lulubelle17
maseloke, Manager at Helm Bar, responded to this review

Cheers! We're stoked you had such a great time, come again soon! More 

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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

During the weekend the special is on: 1 kg of prawns. Relax, order a nice cold beer or bottle of wine. Enjoy the sun, listen to some live music, life is good.

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Thank Hans P
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We held a farewell and booked a table for 12. Food was great quality and reasonably priced. Drinks prices were very reasonable. Location is awesome with a beautiful harbour outlook. All the staff were great and very helpful.

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Thank James W
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch last Saturday. Great location in the heart of darling harbor. Good range if food and drink, good service.

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Thank Ben A
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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321 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2017

Dined upstairs on a Thursday evening. Very busy as are most places on a Friday & Saturday. Food tasty but nothing special. Good location. Staff helpful & friendly.

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Thank IslandMichele007
maseloke, Manager at Helm Bar, responded to this review

Michele, thanks for taking the time to leave a review! It's great to hear that you had a fun night with your mates, hope to see you again soon! More 

1 review
Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

The Helm Bar was amazing and on top of everything. The food they served was delicious and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Thank you for everything!

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Thank LisaLuong
maseloke, Manager at Helm Bar, responded to this review

Hey Lisa! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, we're thrilled too hear you had a great experience and hope to see you soon! Thanks again. More 

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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

Expensive fish and chips with very little fish. Nice view of the harbour but that other than that, I would not recommend this place.

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Thank euhmoins
maseloke, Manager at Helm Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback, @euhmoins. It's great to hear that the atmosphere was nice! We expect our food to be totally satisfying at all times, so we will follow this up with the team. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! More 

Scotland
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

Great location overlooking the harbour for boats touring Sydney Bay. Both ground floor outside area and covered upstairs area. Atmosphere a bit sports bar-ish. Attracts boisterous parties downing a few before tripping out on boat excursions. Service of food upstairs was friendly and efficient. The chap manning the bar down stairs was totally disengaged, being more interested on the on... More 

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Thank Room88

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Aquarium Wharf | Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9290 1571

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Darling Harbour

Neighborhood Profile
Darling Harbour
The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to DJ's. Families can visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Australian National Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.
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