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A Bondi Cocktail Crawl

Apr 8, 2016  ·  2 min read

By Niall Roeder.

Let’s get down to business – sweet, alcohol-fuelled business. Where does one roam in Bondi for the liveliest and most inspiring cocktails? In all honesty, trying to narrow that down to one spot is nigh on impossible as Bondi is home to more cocktail haunts than Vegas. And that’s a fact (but don’t quote me on that). From lunchtime muddles to arvo sundowners and late night concoctions, Bondi has a plethora of places to get your drink on. While some joints are classy, others are homely and many are a dive, but they all have their charm and they all serve up a delicious mix of spirits.

While we don’t have the space to sit here and list every spot you can go sipping liquor, we will show you one boozy route that we think makes for an epic cocktail crawl…

The Bucket List @ Midday

Our starting point is the Bucket List, the popular bar and eatery that’s so close to the sand you could flick your cocktail parasol onto a group of Swedish sunbakers. Its location means it’s more of a daytime perch, so head down around midday, sit outside with some dark shades, order a ‘Jam Out With Jimmy Hendrix’ jug (Pimms, strawberry puree and cucumber topped with ginger ale) or two and watch the bronzed bikinis, salted surfies and selfie-stick tourists stroll by.

Neighbourhood @ 3pm

Next up is Neighbourhood on Curlewis Street, a local favourite and home to Bondi Radio. Their mantra revolves around life being too short to drink boring booze, and we’d have to agree. Their cocktail list is divided into ‘Cocktails’ for the layman and ‘Extra Fancy Cocktails’ for those who take their drink seriously. Set yourself down in the ‘Hood around 3pm and order something like a ‘Dark & Stormy Bra!’ (house-blended blackstrap rum with Pampero Especial, spicy ginger and honey syrup, fresh lime and soda) and let the good times roll down your gullet.

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