What could be better than drinking excellent German krystal Beer, with a genuine Bavarian oompah band belting out the classics (I Will Survive, Waterloo, Lady Marmalade)? Well it could have been a little less expensive, but let's not gripe. German beer is amongst the finest in the world, and we should expect to be paying a little extra for it.
The Kellar is actually more of a restaurant than a bar, but how can you resist? All the staff are dressed in German costume, they carry enormous plates of sausage-based food around you as you sit marvelling at the crowds of backpackers dancing on the tables because the dancefloor is too full. Now I have to come clean about one thing. The band weren't actually
Bavarian, but who gives a stuff when they're looking so authentic while blasting out disco hits of the 70s and 80s to an enthralled bunch of drunk people?
The Kellar is situated perfectly in the middle of the busiest part of The Rocks, just up the hill from The Orient, and could potentially form part of an excellent short crawl from Palisade to Orient taking in The Nelson, Maybe the Hero and perhaps a detour to the Fortune Of War too... The situation means it's generally full of tourists and backpackers, which lends atmosphere to an already charged environment, since backpackers are renowned for making the most of a night out!
I really liked the place, though it's hardly somewhere you could become a regular. And a fat wallet helps. Treat it as a theme bar and visit occassionally for oodles of atmosphere.
review by: pubguide staff