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 Bondi bars to visit when the cocktail cravings hit.
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.
1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
This beachfront establishment has a beach-side bar, wraparound terraces, upmarket dining space and (of course) a sleek 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 Bondi Lemonade cocktail with acai liquor and lemon.
118 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Taking up residence in Campbell Parade’s Pacific building, Bondi’s 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. The food at this Bondi bar celebrates local and Australian native produce and the drinks offering is something to be marvelled.
182 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
This Caribbean inspired bar is bringing good times to Bondi. An ode to 1920s and 1930s-era Havana, La Palma is serving up island style cocktails in a funky Bondi setting; think mojitos, daiquiris, pina coladas and mai tais. With one sip you will have escaped to paradise without leaving this cool Bondi bar.
Shop UG.03, The Hub at, 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
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.
71 Beach Road, Bondi Beach
For a quintessential Bondi bar 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.
39 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
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 bevvy, order the Upper East Side Colada or for an alcohol-free concoction, opt for their Tropic Plunder with pineapple, passionfruit, lime and grenadine.
14-16 O'Brien Street, Bondi Beach
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.
180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
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.
143 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach