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The Best Bars in Bondi for a Beachside Cocktail

One of Australia’s most iconic destinations, Bondi's insta-worthy beach draws crowds from far and wide. But it's not just the crashing surf swells drawing in the masses, Bondi's bar scene has serious credentials. Spanning both ends of the spectrum, you'll find everything from sleek, modern and ever-so-trendy, to laid-back, no-nonsense, and everything in  between. 

From a cosy wine bar in  Curlewis Street, to a beachfront institution (we’re looking at you Icebergs), these are the best bars in Bondi, for when the cocktail cravings hit.

Icebergs

Once of the most famous waterfront spots in Sydney, you simply can't head to Bondi without a stop off at Icebergs. For that iconic view, snag a coveted corner table and look out onto what is arguably Australia’s most Instagrammed ocean pool. Drink the No.970 of Plymouth Sloe Gin, St Germain, Aperol and prosecco.

The Bucketlist

Perched right on Australia’s most iconic beach, The Bucketlist on Bondi beach is a quirky, cabana-esque alfresco hangout. It’s always brimming with patrons, and with cocktails available by the glass or pitcher we’re not surprised. It’s the place to be on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

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Bondi Beach Public Bar

A gastropub with a side serving of Bondi-cool,  Public Bar's slick pared-back interiors make this a popular haunt for Bondi hipsters. In true Maurice Terzini style, expect beautiful design, quality food and delicious aperitifs. 

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Hotel Ravesis

This beachfront establishment has a beach-side bar, wraparound terraces, upmarket dining space and (of course) a perpetually heaving nightclub. Decked out in flamingo pink, Ravesis indoor and outdoor spaces all overlook Bondi Beach, but the terrace is where it’s at. We can already taste the refreshing Beach Blossom cocktail with elderflower and lime.

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Beach Road Hotel

Smack bang in the middle of Bondi, Beach Road Hotel is a pub, dance floor and live music venue rolled into one. There's a bistro, beer garden and pool tables – but when the live music is pumping, the crowds really start to gather. For a refreshing cocktail, order the passion fruit daqari with Captain Morgans spiced rum, shaken with fresh lime juice and passionfruit puree.

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The Pacific Club Bondi Beach

Taking up residence in Campbell Parade’s Pacific building, Bondi’s newest all-day beach club delivers on all fronts. The menu is modern Australian, and there's an open kitchen, complete with a customised wood fire grill and raw bar, and a beautiful indoor-outdoor dining room that is equal parts inviting and chic. Food celebrates local and Australian native produce and the drinks offering is something to be marvelled. 


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Bondi Hardware

For a quintessential Bondi experience, ‘Hardware’ on Hall Street ticks every box. The cool, rustic-chic bar and restaurant (think exposed brick walls, hanging greenery and wooden beams) serves up tapas-style food and seriously good cocktails. The soundtrack is always great, too.

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Upper East Side

A lush oasis in the heart of Bondi, Upper East Side Bondi is the place to be on a sunny Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The décor is tropical themed, with full-sized palm trees, exotic plants, and a ceiling adorned in twinkling fairy lights.  For the perfect beachside bev, order the Upper East Side Colada or for an alcohol-free concoction, opt for their Tropic Plunder with pineapple, passionfruit, lime and grenadine.

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Neighbourhood Bondi

A cosy wine and cocktail bar that serves American and modern Australian share plates. A former radio station, this small bar is a trendy little hangout. Nab a seat in the back courtyard if you can, and sip on your beverage of choice while taking in the scene. 

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