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The Keel, The Rocks, AU-NSW

The Keel

4.0
4
12 reviews
$A41 to $A100
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
A charming and intimate rum bar with a seasonal menu. Showcasing the maritime history of the building, resides in the 'Sailors’ Home'. This bar has opened with the purpose: to support local charities and give back to the broader community; and operate with a sustainable ecological, social, and economic footprint.

Hidden away at 106 George Street, you'll find The Keel - a small and intimate space, lavishly decorated to recall the colourful maritime history of The Rocks. This little watering hole has a selection of weird and wonderful rums from around the world, and a short but decadent dining menu that's guaranteed to please.

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2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar, Australian

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    0452 575 934

  • Payment Options

    Cash not accepted

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    The Keel's menu changes with the seasons, with all our food crafted to support local producers and small business’ that use sustainable methods.

Experiences

  • Balcony Seating

    Multiple dates available
    Booth Seating on our sunny outdoor balcony, with views of Circular Quay.
  • Grande Booth

    Multiple dates available
    Grande Booth An elegant Large booth
  • Indoor Booths

    Multiple dates available
    Indoor Booths An intimate booth

What 12 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. NP

    NatalieP

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great drop in spot for drinks and snacks. We were expecting a full menu but it was explained that a full menu would be returning. Great ambience and service. Would definitely return.
  2. MS

    MichelleS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    The food menu was up on the website right up until the day we went. We booked to have dinner. Got there and there was basically no food available except snacks for drinks. We were told "This only just changed a few days ago". Good idea to update your website if you decided to stop serving food. It also put the wait staff in an awkward position. The bar downstairs was lovely though the the cassava chips were epic.
  3. LG

    LindaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such good service and drinks. Really enjoy having a gathering at this place.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Wrong seating. Had staff give us the incorrect order 3 times
  5. DS

    DavidS

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    The beverage menu was extensive and the cocktail list was extensive and the rum range excellent. The quality of the drinks was very good, well presented and enjoyable. We ordered bread & dip to enjoy with them but we were still waiting for an hour after the order was placed, after checking twice on the progress - so we canceled it as we decided to leave and try somewhere else. The venue was very quiet - so no excuses. The service was also very lame. This place has a long way to go if they intend to continue trading.
  6. S

    Sydneysiders

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We were very happy with the service, standard of alcohol and ambience of the Keel. We were also happy that we could actually make a booking and that the young staff were all so helpful and friendly. We would definitely visit again. thank you for having us
  7. TH

    TH324

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I booked online for Saturday lunch using Open Table and then confirmed the booking the day before when prompted by the Open Table process. My party and I turned up only to find the restaurant didn’t open for another 4 hours. I had tried to call them during the week to confirm dietaries and on the day to find out why my reservation was accepted but they don’t have a phone number. All in all a very poor customer experience.

    The KeelResponded on 14 December 2021Firstly, our sincere apologies. We would like to welcome you back to the Keel at a new time convenient to you. If you can please email ahoy@thekeel.bar with your contact details so we can have one of our management team connect directly with you and arrange for a complementary experience. Regards, The Keel Management Team

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even in a rainy Wednesday afternoon The Keel excelled on service, drinks & a coupe of great grazing platters.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We organised a surprise function for a dear friend's hens involving a cheeky life drawing class. The Keel’s management happily accommodated, and boy was she pleasantly surprised! The staff were very lovely and Lain’s margaritas were delicious! Once done sketching, we continued with drinks on the balcony overlooking some of Circular Quay. It was a wonderful afternoon with great staff and atmosphere at an ideal location.  
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Bar in the Rocks
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and atmosphere! The food was so delicious and the cocktails were the best I’ve ever had! Will definitely be back! Highly recommend!!
  12. A

    Angela

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktail selection and share plates are amazing I couldn't recommend it more.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Keel is rated 4 stars by 12 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Keel

106-108 George St, The Rocks, AU-NSW 2000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    The Rocks

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar, Australian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Security Car Parking (Public)

  • Public Transit

    Ferry, Train, Bus

  • Payment Options

    Cash not accepted

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    0452 575 934

  • Catering

    The Keel's menu changes with the seasons, with all our food crafted to support local producers and small business’ that use sustainable methods.

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