“It takes pride in being a bar that represents Sydney and Bondi Beach today whilst maintaining the simple qualities that a Public Bar should have… community values, good food and a simple cold beer,” says restaurateur Maurice Terzini.
The venue reinvents the concept of ‘the local’ with George Livissianis’ raw and edgy design. The colour scheme of greys, whites, blacks and concrete is inspired by Maurice’s brief to create a space that screams, “[American fashion designer] Rick Owens goes to Palm Springs via Bondi.”
Artist Matthew Bax will also be creating a 23-metre installation for the bar and photography work by the late, great Rennie Ellis is on display.
The menu consists of Australian pub grub classics with a modern, Italian twist. This includes BBPB’s take on the schnitty, the ‘Cotoletta Alla Holstein’ – crumbed chicken with fried egg, anchovy, caper, lemon and rocket, and the classic steak, the ‘Bistecchina’ – black angus minute steak with roasted mushroom sauce and proper chips.
Flat, crisp, Roma-style pizzas are also on offer, alongside hot fried chicken, homemade gelato and a range of tasty bar snacks. Guests can also sink their teeth into the ‘Double Patty Bondi Matty’, or ‘Squish’ burger, a rendition of a burger chef Monty Koludrovic made with Matty Matheson of VICE munchies for an event last year at The Icebergs.
On the drinks side of things, wine director James Hird has crafted a small wine list focusing predominantly on minimal intervention wines. This includes BBPB’s exclusive bottling of Cantina Giardino Terzini Anfora Rosato.
A few classic cocktail serves are also available, such as the No. 8 Negroni, a selection of spritzes, a Harvey Wallbanger and a pre-bottled White Russian.
“This is served in a can and is called a White Mike Russian because it’s a collaboration between Mike Bennie and Mr Black. We’ve tried to have a bit of fun with it,” says Terzini.
Drawing on that 70s/80s vibe, the music is mainly Australian surf rock, protopunk and summer rock & roll classics from the good old days of the Aussie pub.
Bondi Beach Public Bar is open seven days a week from 11am to 1am, closing at midnight on Sundays.