Sailors’ Rest has a long history as a home away from home for weary seafarers.

The foundation for Sailors’ Rest was laid on the 3rd of February 1912 by the acting premier the Hon. John Murray as a memorial for King Edward VII. The building was originally titled the King Edward VII Sailors’ Rest.

The main design is attributed to famed architect Percy Edgar Everett and is architecturally noted for its nautical art nouveau ornamentation. Sailors’ Rest was completed in 1913, providing accommodation, company and entertainment for sailors. Run by an evangelical organisation, it was considered a safe haven from the temptations of alcohol and gambling.

To this day, we still operate the original electric light-bulb sign that was installed in 1926 and is reportedly the oldest remaining electric sign in Victoria. The sign was heritage-listed in 2014 and our illuminated letters have become a beloved Geelong beacon.

Today, Sailors’ Rest boasts a space for everyone.

Relax in our light-filled ground floor restaurant or enjoy alfresco dining in the fresh sea air. Sports fans and families alike love our rear outdoor beer garden all year round, while our upstairs lounge bar features an enormous balcony that’s perfect for an afternoon cocktail with a view.

Without a doubt, the jewel in our crown is our intimate rooftop bar and the only one you’ll find along Geelong’s stunning waterfront. We also welcome you to celebrate your special occasion in one of our many function spaces.

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