The team behind the Icebergs Dining Room & Bar and Dolphin Hotel bring a new pub to Bondi Beach.
The long awaited Bondi Beach Public Bar (BBPB) will open its doors 7 days a week from Wednesday, 20th December and will operate from 11am till 1am every day (Midnight on Sundays).
BBPB is a modern Public Bar and a representation of a modern day Pub in 2017, whilst tapping into the energy and attitude of 1970s & 80s Australian pub culture. It’s a community-driven, family-friendly place where people can eat, drink and relax by the beach.
“Whenever I am asked what the BBPB will be I reply very simply that it’s a Public Bar. Its not a hotel with a dining room or wine room, its just a basic Public Bar. 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.” – Maurice Terzini
“Design will be sharp, raw, contemporary, punk, with lots of grey, white and black and lots of concrete. Designer George Livissianis has been given a pretty wild brief for the interiors,” says restaurateur Maurice Terzini. “I told him to think [American fashion designer] Rick Owens goes to Palm Springs via Bondi”. Matthew Bax is creating a 23 metre art installation for the space and 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.
BBPB will offer a concise wine list in line with a minimal intervention philosophy by 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. “It’s been great fun putting together the BBPB wine list. It’s pretty wild for a Public Bar to have Latta Vino orange wine and our exclusive bottling of Cantina Giardino Terzini Anfora Rosato in the mix. We really wanted the Public Bar list to be accessible so we have sourced some cracking lo-fi wine made in the Adelaide Hills (a Sauvignon Blanc) and Pinot Grigio from the King Valley in Victoria to keep the beach-goers hydrated.”
BBPB will be a post-mix free zone and the drinks will channel Australia’s ’70 and ’80s drinking culture, but with a modern approach, freshly squeezed juices and quality CAPI mixers. The Terzini classics such as the No. 8, Negroni and a selection of Spritzes will feature while welcoming the Harvey Wallbanger & White Russian, “The [latter] will be served in a can and be 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 of the drinks.
The Food will be approachable, Italo-Australian Public Bar food – accessible, easy, no fuss!
“It’s an ode to traditional public bars, so there are counter meals, it’s an everyday venue. It’s just easy and cheap,” drives home Terzini.
The food heroes will be; Pizza – romanesque, flat, crispy in style with a nod to influences from New York and New Jersey; The “Double Patty Bondi Matty” or “Squish” burger, a rendition of a burger Monty Koludrovic made with Matty Matheson (VICE munchies) for a event last year at the Icebergs; “Bella’s Hot Fried Chicken”, a homage to good friend Morgan McGlone of Belles Hot Chicken fame; sweets to revolve around house made gelato by Icebergs Dining Room’s Jaclyn Koludrovic.
Bar snacks include Pinzimonio; Prosciutto Crochettes; Herb Polenta Nuggets, and a King Prawn Piadina, Fennel, Herbs & Seaweed. Lastly a pub menu wouldn’t be complete with plates like schnitzel, fish and steak. The BBPB take on these classics are are: Cotoletta Alla Holstein – Crumbed Chicken, Fried Egg, Anchovy, Caper, Lemon & Rocket;
Bistecchina – Black Angus Minute Steak, Proper Chips & Roasted Mushroom Sauce; Grilled Market Fish – Cauliflower Caponata, Olive, Radicchio, Dill & Lemon.
Musically, BBPB harks back to glory days of surf rock, protopunk and blissed out summery rock and roll! It will be heavy on Australian bands from back in the day and re-discovered raucous classics. There will be plenty of playlist collaborations for special events and a continually evolving soundtrack guided by Kali from Picnic, a prominent Sydney DJ and event producer.