Thursday, March 1, 2012

BONDI DRINKING


Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach +61 9365 9000 (see map)
Whether it’s an aperitvo before dinner in the dining room, a late evening cocktail or Sunday afternoon champagne, the bar at Icebergs suits all occasions and never disappoints. Relaxed yet sophisticated and with the massive bonus of the greatest view in Bondi. This is where our NBI no. 8 favourite originated, so keep that and the no. 1 and no. 55 on high rotation when you’re ordering.


North Bondi Italian Food
, 120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi +61 2 9300 4400 (see map)
On a warm Sunday afternoon, there’s really nowhere better to drink in the whole of Sydney let alone Bondi. Fresh, well-made cocktails with a focus on Italian specialties, buzzing atmosphere and an unbeatable location. No. 8′s, negronis, margaritas, and espresso martinis are the YOLO favourites here. Spend the morning/early afternoon at the beach then walk across to the bar NBI afterwards – a perfect way to spend a Bondi day.


The Shop
 & Wine Bar
, 78 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach +61 2 9365 2600 (see map)
This hole in the wall wine bar has a cozy, classy atmosphere with a great selection of wines from all around the world. Indulging in one of their killer cheese and meat plates with a few glasses of wine is one of our favourite things to do on a lazy afternoon on any day of the week.


Speakeasy
, 83 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach +61 2 9130 2020 (see map)
Another cozy, intimate little wine bar just a stone’s throw from The Shop & Wine Bar. Quality wine selection and comfortable lounge room style seating. We like this one better in the winter time, as the seating is indoors and gets nice and toasty.


Buckler’s Canteen

, Shop 33, 180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach +61 29130 8290 (see map)
Formerly named ‘The Wreck’ (which was apparently far too uncouth for Bondi folk to handle) Buckler’s Canteen is a grungy, beer hall style hangout with pool, table, juke boxes, old-school joystick game machines, darts and other stuff to keep you entertained while you knock back drinks. Check their Facebook for happy hour food and drink specials, like Caribbean Thursdays (jerk chicken and pina coladas) or Free Love Fridays (fish tacos and peronis).


Rum Diaries
, 288 Bondi Road, Bondi Beach +61 2 9300 0440 (see map)
A solid cocktail list using a variety of different rums, including their house made spiced rum. We recommend starting at the top and working your way down – they’re all worth trying. Good luck walking out of there though.


Bondi Beach Hardware, 39 Hall Street, Bondi Beach +61 293657176 (see map)
A restaurant and bar opened in the space of the old Bondi Beach Hardware store. Wine, beer, cider, and a good cocktail list with all the classics, as well as pitchers of sangria and their signature Hardware Punch. The martinis and margaritas in particular are spot on, though anything made by the girl behind the bar here is going to turn out pretty well – she knows how to make a drink.


The Bucket List
, Shop 1, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach +61 2 9365 4122 (see map)
Pop up bar and restaurant at the Bondi Pavillion where Nick’s Seafood was for as long as most of us can remember. Right across from the beach, so the perfect place to spend summer afternoons and evenings with a big group of friends.


The Anchor
, 8 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach +61 2 8084 3145 (see map)
We love this place, not only for the food but because the cocktail list is so good, and is prepared by people who really know their shit when it comes to mixing drinks. Essentially a margarita bar with a long list of tequilas, these are hands down the best margaritas in Bondi. There’s a load of other cocktail options too, too many to list here, so check out the website and get excited by the menus.


The Corner House, 281 Bondi Road, Bondi Beach +61 2 8020 6698 (see map)
There are a few different spaces you can choose from to have a drink here. The upstairs bar has a cool interior and a small balcony, but can get pretty crowded on the weekends, so alternatively have a quiet glass of wine in the front room on the street level. Owned by same guys as The Shop & Wine Bar, you know you’ll be getting a solid wine list, and a more than decent cheese plate too.


Beach Road Hotel, 71 Beach Road, Bondi Beach +61 2 9130 7247 (see map)
Bondi’s ever-reliable local drinking hole, where you can drop in for one beer or ten anytime from 10am to 11pm and midnight on weekends. Whether its for a much needed hair of the dog, quiet afternoon beverage or a way to start your night, the Beach Road is always a good option – relaxed, cheap, and you’ll probably run into a few friends or at least get to chat to some crazy locals.


Deli Bottega
, 1/144-148 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach +61 2 9365 7319 (see map)
Another of our favourite spots for a bottle of wine and some fromage and charcuterie. The kind of place you can end up hanging out at all day if you’re not careful, but seeing as they serve a delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, it should work out pretty well for you. 

Coffee


Bondi Picnic
, 101 Hall Street, Bondi Beach (see map)
The Bondi coffee that everyone is raving about right now. We especially love the in-house cold drip coffee. Check their Facebook for details on how you can order one straight from your iphone.


Harry’s Espresso Bar, 2/136 Wairoa Avenue, Bondi Beach +61 2 9130 2180 (see map)
A morning ritual. The takeaway line can get a bit hectic so maybe re-consider if you’re already running late. Get an Adrian Zumbo sweet treat too, or an Iggy’s sourdough bagel with cream cheese.


La Piadina, 106 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach +61 2 9300 0160 (see map)
Italian coffee that is always consistently amazing and often labeled Bondi’s best. Get one takeaway or eat alongside one of their Piadinas for a real party in your mouth experience.


Earth Food Store (Organics), 81A Gould Street, Bondi Beach +61 2 9365 5098 (see map)
The coffee here is not for the fainthearted, so be careful ordering a double. If you can’t handle caffeine get one of their house made Chais with soy, almond, or rice milk on the side. Their carrot cake goes really well with it… just saying.


Sonoma Bakery, R10 / 178 Campbell Parade (Shop Front via Gould Street) Bondi Beach +61 2 9130 1124 (see map)
This place gets packed so maybe opt for a take away along with one of their Black Star pastries too.


Trio Cafe
, 56 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach +61 2 9365 6044 (see map)
A freshly roasted blend of rainforest alliance, fair trade, organic beans. A consistently great coffee with a signature touch.


Porch and Parlour, 100/102 Brighton Blvd, North Bondi +61 2 9300 0111 (see map)
This cozy cafe/gallery/retail space uses Sacred Grounds coffee beans.


Bru Coffee, 4/101 Brighton Blvd, Bondi Beach (see map)
Definitely one of Bondi’s finest brews. Nice and close to the beach, grab one on your way/way back, or hang out front in the sunshine for a while.


Chapter One, Shop 3A, 34 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach (see map)
Cafe, wine bar, and coffee room. They serve breakfast and lunch and have fromage and charcuterie too.


Organic Republic Bakery, 98/100 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach +61 2 9300 8804 (see map)
Single-origin beans always brewed to perfection. Grab one of their organic sausage rolls or pies at the same time.


Lilliputien, 112 O’Brien Street, Bondi Beach +61 2 9130 0000 (see map)
This one is tucked away for a Bondi cafe but not one to be forgotten. Actually makes life easier for coffee on the run – beat the morning queues and head straight to Lilliputien.

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