There’s no shortage of things to love about Bondi. The iconic Sydney suburb that invented Aussie beach culture has inspired many a culinary venture that has aimed to capture this surfy vibe, a feat that Bondi Beach Public Bar (BBPB) has nailed.
The team behind Bondi’s newest pub venture is Maurice Terzini, Monty Kouldrovic, James Hird and Lenny Opai, whose hospitality prowess in previous ventures (Bondi Icebergs, The Dolphin Hotel) has put them in good stead to steer BBPS towards success.
“We take pride in BBPB 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 Maurice.
With Bondi’s culinary culture rapidly becoming more and more modernised and sophisticated, the team is bringing things back to basics with a 1970s and 1980s inspired theme and laid back vibe. So much so that you won’t find any traces of post-mix soft drinks on tap, rather old-school freshly squeezed juices and CAPI mixers to be enjoyed on their own or spiked with something a little stronger.
The same goes for the Italo-Australian pub food offering. “BBPS is an ode to traditional public bars, so there are counter meals, it’s an everyday venue. It’s just easy and cheap,” says Maurice.
Think authentic New York style pizza, juicy burgers, hot Mediterranean spiced fried chicken and house-made gelato made by group executive pastry chef Jaclyn Kouldrovic for your go-to favourites. You’ll also find a modern spin on cult pub classics, like the Black Angus Minute steak with ‘proper’ chips and roasted mushroom sauce or grilled market fish with cauliflower, olives, radicchio, dill and lemon. For dessert, opt for a waffle bowl filled with gelato and double chocolate Nutella brownie or perhaps golden honeycomb tiramisu. Need we say more?
When it comes to wine, minimal intervention is key according to wine director James Hird. BBPB is home to an exclusive bottling of Cantina Giardino Terzini Anfora Rosato, which features on a wine list made up of bottles you wouldn’t expect to see in the average public bar. However, the list is accessible and wide-reaching, catering to all tastes and budgets.
The fit-out was envisioned by designer George Livissianis. Majorly decked out in greys, whites, blacks and concrete finishes the pub takes on a sleek, modern style that is balanced with a relaxed and unpretentious vibe. The walls are adorned with artwork from resident Melbourner, Matthew Bax, whose 23m-long installation will be revamped quarterly to match new additions to the drinks menu. Match this quirky décor with the sounds of summery rock’n’roll harking from a bygone era and you’ve found yourself a pretty funky hangout.
Whether it be tourists visiting the iconic Bondi Beach for the first time or Sydney locals trying out the next best culinary find, BBPB is ticking the box. With an all-star cast at the helm, we don’t need to tell you twice that this no-fuss, no reservations, laid-back Aussie pub has all the makings of a lively local for years to come.