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Best Bars in Bondi Beach

Bondi's Best Bars

Ranging from quaint wine bars, buzzing cocktail bars to rowdy sports bars and late night or early morning venues, here is a list of the best bars in Bondi Beach.

BEST WINE BARS IN BONDI

Porch and Parlour:
This place is quintessential Bondi – rustic interiors, men with beards and girls in bikinis all enjoying kale smoothies from dawn to dusk. They are predominately a wine bar despite being a popular breakfast haunt, and make one of the most generous cheese and meat boards I have ever feasted on, and best of all their delicious food and wine can be enjoyed looking at the ocean. The staff are knowledgeable about their wine, and will sit down and talk you through the options, and life if they are in the mood. So if you like your own space or don’t like talking to strangers… keep walking.
Porch and Parlour -  – 110 Ramsgate Ave, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
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The Shop:
Not to dissimilar to Porch and Parlour, The Shop is a tiny little hole in the wall that is a long-time favourite among the Bondi socialites and is the perfect place to see and be seen. Their wine list is complimented by their evening menu which is short but sweet and consists of four of my favourite meals – a gourmet burger, grilled haloumi, meat balls and a killer antipasto plate.
The Shop Wine Bar – 78 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
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Chapter One Coffee and Wine Room
Right at the end of my street, it is hard to go past this place. With sun drenched seats outside looking at the ocean and cosy seats on the inside, Chapter One is a perfect meeting place year round. The menu and wine list are both short and simple, but well considered as the owners are clearly very passionate about both as all wine are handmade and ethically produced. A glass of red  accompanied by soft cheese with honey… you will never want to leave.
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Chapter One -  – Shop 3, 34 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, NSW

BEST COCKTAIL  BARS IN BONDI
The Corner House
The Corner House is made up of several different areas, you might be tempted to linger out the front in the beautiful  restaurant, but make your way upstairs as that is where the magic happens. Here you can get amazing gourmet pizzas, off-beat beers and creative cocktails. The veranda is perfect for any time of the year, heaters during winter and a nice breeze during summer. A little stroll from the beach, this is one of Bondi’s best kept secrets.
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The Corner House – 281 Bondi Road, Bondi, NSW 2026

Icebergs
This iconic building is home to Icebergs Dining Room, but you don’t need to have the full fine dining experience to enjoy what they have to offer. The front bar is in prime positioning with a veranda overlooking the famed Bondi icebergs lap pool and serves some of the beach’s best cocktails which can be enjoyed with a side of sea breeze. If you’re hungry, the school prawns flash fried prawns with aioli are a must! Full review can be read here.
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Icebergs Dining Room and Bar - 1 Notts Ave Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

Bondi Hardware
Located on the thriving thoroughfare of Hall Street, hardware is always busy no matter what night of the week. Unassuming in from the outside, Hardware has indoor or outdoor dining or a bar on the side filled with hanging plants and an extensive cocktail menu. The highlight being the vanilla infused expresso martinis, which will be sure to keep you going all night. A full review of the venue and menu can we read here.
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Bondi Hardware  – 39 Hall St Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

Mr Moustache
New to the block, his little Mexican joint is fast becoming one of the most popular places in Bondi. Serving margaritas by the jug full and incredibly fun staff, it seems near impossible to have a bad time here. Don’t forget to try the drowned pulled pork roll – it is so spicy you will definitely need to down a few icy cocktails afterwards. A full review of the menu here.
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Mr Moustache  – 69-71 Hall St, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

BEST SPORTS BARS IN BONDI

North Bondi RSL
Bondi do RSL’s a little differently, they aren’t just where you get a bargain steak (although they do have those too), they are a great place to have an awesome afternoon and night out. The RSL, affectionately known as the “rissole” among locals has unrivalled beach views as it is perched on the north hill next to the beach. If you like live music, cheap drinks and meat trays, you will love it here. For any major sporting event, you can’t go past their big screen.
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North Bondi RSL – 120 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi, NSW

Ravisis
Entering this place sets the tone, the foam entrance lets you know how howdy crowds can get and how bouncers literally need to be thrown out. Split between two levels you can get two totally different experiences at Ravisis. Down stairs is perfect for people watching, live music and sports while upstairs is the place you want to be for a view and a cocktail. Ravisis lacks charm that the smaller bars in Bondi have, but I am yet to have a bad time there. 118-120 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi NSW 2026

The Stuffed Beaver
If you love North American sports and want heart-stopping deep fried food while you watch it, The Stuffed Beaver should be your first port of call. Resembling a typical north American dive bar, this is not a place you want to go to enjoy some drinks in the sunshine, but one of my favourite places to go if I want a cheerful crowd and live sport. Full review can be read here.
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The Stuffed Beaver Dining Parlour - 271 Bondi Road, Bondi, NSW

LOUD AND PROUD
Hotel Bondi:
If these walls could talk, they would probably cry. Bondi Hotel’s main advantage is it is the only place in Bondi open past 4am. The drinks are as cheap as the interior, but when it is that time of night/morning, who really cares?
Hotel Bondi – 178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Beach Road Hotel:
Notorious for being the place where many holiday flings have been conceived, there is always a crowd at the “beachie”. Downstairs has one of the only beer gardens in the area, perfect for sunny summer day and upstairs as a great line up or live music every week and a dance floor full of hipsters and backpackers competing for the attention of all the bronzed swedish babes.
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Beach Road Hotel  - 71 Beach Rd, Sydney, NSW 2026

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

The Best Mexican Food in Sydney ….

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If you follow me on Instagram or read my blog you would know I am a sucker of a good Mexican fiesta. As part of my job and an Enthusiastic Eater, I have happily done some in depth market research in finding the best Mexican restaurants in Sydney. So here is my list, which will grow over time as my appetite and belly will also do, I am sure.

Mejico

Jamie’s Italian has a new neighbour in the city, and they are equally as in high demand. Mejico’s take on Mexican food is modern and the guacamole (prepared right in front of you) isn’t served with your typical tortilla, but a bowl of fried zucchini chips. The tacos are a delicious, you can mix and match, making it easy to try them all. My favourite would have to be the grilled chicken taco topped with chorizo, cucumber and cumin salsa. The highlight for me was suprisingly not the food but the cocktails. Magaritas are the cure all for any bad party or a long day, and Mexico are serving yo all different varieties like the chargrilled pineapple and sage margarita. If you want to enjoy some tequila and a feast, find a free Friday night in the diary and book ahead.

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Mr Moustache
I love this place for many reasons. Firstly, I date a Mr Moustache, so I am bias. Secondly, it is about 800m from my front door. Thirdly, the staff are ridiculously helpful, friendly and fun. Fourthly, they serve Mexican at breakfast time. And lastly and most importantly, the food is epic. Designed for sharing, there is plenty to choose from like the delicious pulled duck tostads, crisply fish tacos, ceviche of scallop and guacamole with house made beet room tortilla chips. If those reasons aren’t enough for you to want to go there, the ‘drowned pork’ sandwich will be. This phenomenal phenomenon is so spicy and juicy, they provide you with rubber gloves to eat it.

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Barrio Chino
The clientelle here think they are as cool as the margaritas that are sold by the jug here. The front bar looking onto Bayswater Road is always packed and a place to be seen. You will usually find me down the back getting comfortable in one of the many booths, I recommend you do the same. The Barrio Chino menu will spoil you with choice, but it s essential to order the guacamole with bacon… no you’re not misreading this… there is such a thing and it is as good as it sounds. I advise going with a group so you can try the long list of tacos – if you can’t rustle up the crowds, just stick with the tuna sashimi tostadas and the BBQ corn cob which is topped with chipotle mayo, cheese and lime.

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Oink oink,
Truffle Pig.

What’s On: July …..

Sometimes it is hard to be motivated to brave the outside world in winter, so there is no better way to spend a night than rugged up and at the movies. This month I will be definitely going to see The Way Way Back – looks like a great flick, you can watch the trailer here: The Way Way Back

Sydney Pizza Festival

What is better than pizza?… not much. But what is better is when all the best pizza makers around the city band together and create a festival. Sydney Pizza Festival will be running for the whole month. You can view the schedule here – and don’t forget to grab tickets to the closing event to be held on SALT MEATS CHEESE you can buy them here.

A little bit of Iceland

I recently booked my tickets to Iceland for the end of the year. Some of my favourite music comes from that crazy little island on the other side of the world so I am going to trek over there can attend the Iceland Airwaves festival. To prep, I will be seeing Of Monsters and Men at the Enmore later in the month and I cannot wait! You can also buy tickets here!

Porkography – Truffle Pig on YouTube….

All video lovers rejoice! Truffle Pig is now on YouTube and I am sharing all my food, travel and other random adventures with you. Soon I was have vlogs of recipes and how to videos, you can find them all on my my channel here – Truffle Pig YouTube

 Here is a little “foot” massage I got in China earlier this year. Strange, a little intrusive, but incredibly entertaining.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Stuffed Beaver……

Who doesn’t love to indulge in a bit of stuffed beaver?

This canadian diner slash hipster bar is the perfect place to eat ridicuously good food that is ridiculously bad for you. The burgers are front and centre on the menu and range from simple to the gourmet and are all put together in a brioche bun. You can get the heart-stopping John Candy with grilled cheese, bacon and a succulent pattie (all made in-house), the sanchez for those mexican lovers looking for a bit of salsa and guac on their burger and for those into pigs (like me) you can get your burger filled with pulled pork coleslaw and BBQ sauce, appropriately named the Happy Pig.

The burgers come free standing so it is imperative you order some sides – don’t worry, there is plenty to choose from. In true canadian style you can order the poutine (heaven in a basket) made from beer battered fries lathered in melted cheddar and gravy, or the chilli fries topped with ground beef and cheese or the hot chicken wings (and I mean HOT!). Good bye diet, hello heart palpatations!

To wash these mammoth meals down you can choose a cocktails menu which includes a stormy jerry made from ginger beer and rum or the bloody mary topped with a hard boiled egg and gerkin, it is a meal in itself. You can enjoy all of the mentioned by sitting in a booth or at the bar admiring all the random paraphernalia adorning the walls.

Each day the beaver treats their customers to something special, half price tacos on Tuesdays and waitresses with side boobs on Saturday, what more could you want?

So if you are suffering a hangover, feeling famished or want to enjoy some canadian hospitality while watching some ice hockey, go stuff your beaver at the beaver on Bondi Road.

The Bitter: The meals are more expensive than a gym membership, go figure
The Sweet: chips, gravy, cheese…. need I say more?
The Damage: A couple cocktails, burgers and sides will put a $70 whole in your pocket

The Stuffed Beaver Dining Parlour – 271 Bondi Road
Bondi, NSW - 02 9130 3002

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