A pocket-sized wine bar minutes from the beach
This is one of Bondi’s originals, from long before the seaside suburb turned into a place you could actually have a decent bar crawl in. And this is the kind of local you want – familiar banter accompanied by smiles and wine recommendations in a comfortable setting. And of course, vibrant red flock wallpaper – a design feature that should be praised at all opportunities. This modest-scale venue seats about ten or so inside and about the same number on the footpath. Out the front, people are perched on an assortment of small stools and foldout chairs. Most people share bottles of wine and things like an antipasto plate – an assortment of cheese, cured meats, a boiled egg and pickled gherkins. If you’re dining solo – a great setting to do so – the Hulk-sized beef burger or the warm meatball salad are good choices. While the wine list is not massively extensive, there is a lot to enjoy here. The Foster e Rocco sangiovese from Heathcote is a decent choice, as is the Bloodwood Schubert chardonnay. Or of course you can leave the choice in the bar’s hands with their ‘mystery wine of the day.’ If there’s one criticism it’s that they should invest in a wine fridge so they can serve the wine at its ideal temperature. Stored on high shelves, the red is often too warm, even on a cool winter evening. But if you can forgive that one small faux pas, this is one shop (and wine bar) you should visit.
|Venue name:||Shop and Wine Bar||Contact:|
78 Curlewis St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 6am-10pm; Sun 7am-late|