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The 17 best bars in Bondi

Because you can only spend so long at the beach before you start to get thirsty

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Time Out editors
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Based on Instagram posts alone, you'd be forgiven for thinking Bondi was only about sunrise yoga, surfing and high-intensity cardio sessions. But this beachfront 'burb also possesses an ace collection of bars for when the only exercise you want to be doing is bending the elbow. 

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Where to drink in Bondi

  • Restaurants
  • Bondi Beach

Few pleasures come close to sipping a Spritz the colour of a Balinese sunset at this oh-so-Sydney institution, while you stare out at the deep blue hues of the Pacific down below. You pay for the privilege, but why the heck wouldn't you? And a drink, after all, is cheaper than a meal in the restaurant. Go on, treat yourself.

Isabel
  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Bondi Beach
  • price 3 of 4

Keep moving if you're on the hunt for vodka sodas. Up here, at this Japanese-ish bar on the first floor of the Pacific complex, owner Kate McGraw and her team are stirring and shaking some of Sydney's most interesting and complex cocktails – with ingredients like shiso, miso, pandan, finger lime and Geraldton wax to name just a few. Order some skewers from the charcoal grill for extra effect.

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Ode
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Bondi
  • price 2 of 4

Close quarters are helpful when you’re on a date, and wine bars don’t get much cosier than Ode. All that low, flattering light is like a real-world Instagram filter; the little round tables are so small you can interlock knees; and given they quite literally have wine on tap, a night here is a reliable recipe for romance. 

Rosenbaum and Fuller
  • Bars
  • Bondi Beach
  • price 2 of 4

They're showcasing Aussie spirits and native ingredients in the (so) fresh and (so) clean cocktails being built, shaken and stirred at this snug O'Brien Street charmer.

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Neighbourhood
  • Restaurants
  • Bondi Beach
  • price 1 of 4

Pull up a pew at this no-frills boozer, and you'll feel like a local in absolutely no time. They take the cocktails seriously and the jaffles are tops. The name says it all, really.

The Stuffed Beaver
  • Bars
  • Bondi

There aren't all that many places you can score a proper Bloody Caesar in the Harbour City, or proper poutine for that matter. You can snag both at the Beaver, and we'll happily drink to that.

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Can Cava Pintxos and Wine
  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Bondi Beach
  • price 1 of 4

A seat at this tiny corner tapas joint will take you right back to the days of that treasured Spanish holiday, when the sangria flowed freely and the parade of olives, croquettes, cheese and cured meat never seemed to end.

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Bondi Bowling Club
  • Bars
  • Bondi North

After the Bondi Bowling Club received the fairy godmother treatment from the team behind Panama House and Corner House, suddenly we had big picnic tables shaded by umbrellas, a breezy terrace and a low-lit 1930s clubhouse to hang out in on weekends. 

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Hotel Ravesis
  • Bars
  • Bondi Beach
  • price 2 of 4

This beachfront pleasure palace has been ground zero for many a rollicking Sunday session for three decades. And after a luxe facelift in 2016, she's looking better than ever and ready to roll for at least three decades more.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Bondi Beach

The army of regulars at this café and wine bar is fiercely loyal, perhaps because they know that snagging a spot in the wardrobe-sized place at peak hour feels like winning the lotto.

The Corner House
  • Bars
  • Bondi

This chic restaurant-cum-bar has commanded the corner of Denham Street and Bondi Road for years, and remains a laid-back locale for wine-driven adventures.

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Bondi Hardware
  • Bars
  • Bondi Beach

Hardware was one of the first spots in Bondi to tackle the 'creative share plates and solid cocktails in industrial surrounds' brief, and it has stood the test of the time on Hall Street for getting it right.

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The Beach Road Hotel
  • Bars
  • Bondi Beach
  • price 1 of 4

A big night at the Beachy is pretty much a Sydney rite of passage, so if you haven't gotten amongst it yet, it's probably time to tick that box. And if you have, you know it's just as rewarding for a quiet beer and a game of pool. 

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