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US$7 - US$65
Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Dining bars
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Floors marked for social distancing
Updated 23/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Helm Bar & Bistro
Updated 23/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed 2 May 2022

We hosted our wedding reception/party here. It was a wonderful venue for the occasion. The staff went out of their way to accomodate our plans in the lead up and looked after our guests professionally on the day. Big thank you to Belinda and Christian...for their help and for bringing us (bride and groom) drinks throughout the evening! The selection of beers (Balter XPA on tap with glass schooners) and house spirits was great and we were able to add some extras to fill out the drinks menu without issue. The pricing was reasonable especially considering the location and calibre of the venue. The food is upmarket pub grub. Delicious (I highly recommend trying the seafood pasta dish -- although we didn't have this for our event)! All reports from our guests were 100% of their night (they are kind of obligated to say positive things but they all seemed genuine). We would highly recommend any couples looking for a wedding reception/party venue to put CBYC on their must consider list.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 10 March 2022 via mobile

I have been running trade and consumer events for nearly 25 years globally and I honestly feel that Belinda and her team at the Cockle Bay Yacht Club might possibly be the best experience I’ve had to date. Belinda and team (including the GM Daniel...and night manager Michael) were so easy to work with. This Sydney event had to be postponed due to the omicron surge in January and they could not have been more accomodating. Every detail we discussed during the planning was delivered beyond expectation. I had to question why they were so professional and everything seemed so effortless. I discovered that the team is made up of expat Aussies who worked at 5 star venues in London and had decided to return home to Sydney. Lucky us and lucky Cockle Bay Yacht Club! Take full advantage of this team and outstanding venue location.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 27 December 2021

I had a cocktail party in Dec 2021 for 20 friends for a Special birthday. It was amazing. Belinda, the Event Manager was exceptional. Everything was done perfectly. She looked after every detail, even my Birthday cake. I opted for the Canape package. The finger...food was delicious and plentiful. They even had gluten free options. I also took a beverage package and I was delighted at the variety of alcohol and I would highly recommend the Welcome cocktails. The service was wonderful, the staff were friendly, professional and attentive. It was the best birthday celebration I have ever had. I would highly recommend Belinda and her team for any event particularly in this amazing location.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 1 November 2021

Visited for lunch after going to the aquarium. Was really lovely. The staff are all very friendly. We sat up the top and were lucky to sit where we could see the water. The food came out very fast and tasted great. I had a...beef burger and my partner had the seafood basket, was really yummy food. We went on a Sunday at about 2pm and it wasn't busy at all, really nice place to sit and have a relaxed meal. Would definitely visit again.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 26 June 2021 via mobile

We went for a Thursday lunch after a visit to the aquarium. $10 burgers. So good! My kids were begging to go back everyday for the rest of our trip. Doughnut fries were a highlight. Great views and friendly service.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 23 April 2021

I went to the restaurant with my friend to celebrate her birthday. She and myself are Gold members and we booked a table for dining. We did not receive the bottle of wine as stipulated in their promotions. An employee from the restaurant stated there...had to be 4 people dining to receive the wine. We clearly pointed out to her that it was only 2 people needed and that the Helms Bars C+C's state 2 people. She refused, therefore we took our dining experience elsewhere. I and my friends will never go there again.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 14 April 2021 via mobile

Location is good if you have just come out of the Acquarium or Madam Tussaud’s . Service was ordinary. We ordered via app on the iPhone. Meals came out at intervals. We waited for 20 minutes for the last 2 meals. I would have thought...that meals should generally come out together. Made the experience fairly ordinary.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 12 January 2021 via mobile

We ended up here for a few drinks after a failed visit to a nearby “fancy” bar with a min spend. We left there as it was terrible and thought we would chance it down on the harbor despite the crowds. Helm bar provided exceptional...and friendly service. Even when it started to rain a little they did everything they could and more than expected to try and keep us dry. We definitely recommend this for a great and friendly location for some bar food and beers.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 16 April 2020

one of the best place to enjoy with your friends and family near Darling Harbour. Great food, spectacular View, nearby attractions to see with family and friends

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 21 March 2020

Bought a prawn and oyster with wine voucher from Groupon. Arrived and we promptly taken to a seat by the window overlooking the water. Ordered a drink first up and enjoyed the view, before asking for our food. Prawns were huge,, flavoursome and lots of...them. Oysters were amazing and we received a dozen. Opted for the sparkling and it all went down very well. Staff thanked us on departure as there is a downturn due to the virus. Staff regularly cleaned all tables, nothing to worry about. Definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Yes we are open daily from 11am. We are closed only on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
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Yes, Helm Bar & Bistro is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Helm Bar & Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4