The best bars in Bondi

There's more to Bondi than the beach so check out some of these brilliant bars in 2026
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Photograph: Daniel Boud
By 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 session. But this beachfront 'burb also possesses an ace collection of bars for when the old exercise you want to be doing is bending the elbow. For more beachside fun, check out our guides to the best Bondi restaurants, Bondi cafés and Bondi shops.

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Where to drink in Bondi

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Bars, Wine bars

Ode

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Close quarters are helpful when you’re on a date, and sexy Italian 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. 

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Bars, Cocktail bars

The Anchor

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At the Anchor, a newish Bondi bar just around the corner from Icebergs, you can enjoy tequila in just about any way you can think of thanks to a crack team lead by star Sydney boozetarian, Andy Penney.

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Restaurants

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

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If you’re coming on the weekend, early afternoon is absolutely the call to ensure a good spot. And on a summer’s afternoon, the cool white design of Icebergs frames the deep blue hues of the Pacific Ocean. We love it.
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Bars

Bondi Bowling Club

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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 crimson G.H Mumm umbrellas, a shady terrace and a cool low litl clubhouse to hang out in on weekends. 

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Restaurants

Neighbourhood

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Think of Neighbourhood, the Bondi bar offering excellent cocktails in fairly modest surrounds, as the late, great Bayswater Brasserie in board shorts. It’s quite a team knocking around in the 100 capacity space. Panama and the Corner House’s Josh Evans is behind the snacks menu and Simon McGoram (last seen at Gardel’s Bar) is on the cans.
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Bars

The Stuffed Beaver

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You get all the best parts of a North American-style bar – beers, hot wings, a bull mastiff guarding the door – without any of the inconvenience of sub-freezing temperatures and carnivorous wildlife.
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Bars, Wine bars

Panama House

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After slinging tacos, Tecate tins and Tommy’s Margaritas for years up on Bondi Road, this pan-American bar and restaurant is now right in the thick of it, situated within the shiny Pacific complex. Panama House's second coming is once again doing boozy brunches (think bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas with breakfast burritos and corned beef has browns) and transforms into a taqueria in the evening. 

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Restaurants, Spanish

Can Cava Pintxos and Wine

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Bondi has cafés for days, but cosy roosts for a little after-hours wine are rarer out east, which is why Can Cava Pintxos and Wine is a welcome addition to Hall Street’s nightlife. This wine bar serves pinxtos – little bar snacks skewered onto bread – but your meal here is not quite the miniature fencing match you’re picturing. While both juicy beef meatballs in an earthy tomato sauce and creamy chickpea chips do come impaled on cocktail spears, a salty tuna tartare with chives and capers balances on a flimsy raft of a single, thin potato chip. 

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Bars, Wine bars

Hotel Ravesis

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There are four ways to drink at Hotel Ravesis – post-swim, downstairs with a cold schooner or cider; late night on a packed dancefloor with a vodka lime and soda or bubbles; on the side balcony with a crisp rosé (which they've got on tap here) that'll match the facade's pink paint job; or on the front balcony, perhaps exploring more of the wine list or diving into the fruit-heavy cocktail menu. 

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Bars

The Bucket List Bar and Eatery

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It's really all about jugs of Pimm's and buckets of prawns here. The sprawling restaurant and bar is about as close as you'll get to St Tropez's Club 55 and a Paris Hilton Champagne shower in the Eastern Beaches.
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The Corner House
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Corner House

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This chic restaurant-cum-bar has commanded the corner of Denham Street and Bondi Road for a couple of years now and shows no sign of losing its charm, friendly atmosphere and service. Freshen up with a Venetian Spritzer or a Bulldog gin and tonic and then settle into a bottle of the 2007 Luigi Bosca Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza Argentina.

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Bondi Hardware

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Good tunes, mini hot dogs and a kick-arse Hardware Maria made with a splash of beetroot juice and a sesame-salt rim are reasons enough to visit this Bondi bar set up in the old Thrifty Link Hardware store.
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Fat Rupert's
Bars, Tapas bars

Fat Rupert's

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The Flying Squirrel may have taken permanently to the skies, but in its place is Fat Rupert's, a tapas bar doing cocktails in jars, a menu that is surprisingly gluten-free friendly and Flying Squirrel ravioli for those who aren't ready to let go.

Need dinner instead?

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Restaurants, Italian

The best restaurants in Bondi

While most trek to Bondi to lap up the sun and sand, it's worth noting there are plenty of ace restaurants to check out too. Whether it's a long lunch or a sandy-footed post-swim snack, you'll find somewhere great to eat in North and South Bondi and beyond.

Shop until you drop

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Shopping, Boutiques

The best shopping in Bondi

Gould Street has become the go-to destination for boutique shopping by the beach. You'll find luxury labels, organic cosmetics, locally made activewear, playful jewellery and ethically made denim all on the one strip.

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