Bondi Beach Public Bar (BBPB) is opening on Wednesday 20th December, just in time for summer. As the love child of Icebergs Dining and Bar and The Dolphin Hotel, BBPB represents the synthesis of a modern day pub while tapping into the history and vibe of 1907s and 1980s Australian pub culture.
“Whenever I am asked what the BBPB will be I reply very simply that it’s a public bar.” says Maurice Terzini, director of Icebergs.
“It 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.”
On the menu will be approachable, Italo-Australian bar food, an ode to the everyday nature of the space and some of Maurice’s good friends in the industry. Expect hero items such as ‘Bella’s Hot Fried Chicken’ and the ‘Double Patty Bondi Matty’ both of which are homages to Morgan McGlone of Belles Hot Chicken and Matty Matheson of VICE munchies respectively. There will also be New York style pizza, bar snacks and pub classics given a modern twist such as the Cotoletta Alla Holstein, a crumbed chicken that’s a notch above the simple schnitzel.
BBPB will also offer a concise wine list that follows the philosophy of Wine Director, James Hird.
“For me drinkability is key, I really hate not being able to drink wine when I hit a pub”, says Hird.
“We really wanted the bar list to be accessible so we have sourced some cracking lo-fi wine made in the Adelaide Hills and Pinot Grigio from the King Valley in Victoria to keep the beach-goers hydrated.”
BBPB will be a post-mix free zone, channelling old school Australia’s drinking culture, but with a modern approach. The Terzini classics such as the No. 8, Negroni and a selection of Spritzes will still be menu staples while new entries such as the Harvey Wallbanger and White Russian will keep regulars coming back for something more.
On the design front, designer George Livissianis has developed a sharp, contemporary punk interior, complete with a 23m long art installation by Matthew Bax. The mood of the venue will be representative of the freedom and spirit of the works by late Australian photographer Rennie Ellis and his works have been used for the graphics campaign and will feature within the venue.
Bondi Beach Public Bar
Address: 203, 180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Hours: 11am till 1pm every day (Midnight on Sundays)