The Beach Road Hotel is an institution in Bondi. For more than two decades, sunburnt backpackers have mingled with weathered sports fans in the front bar, while music fans from the eastern suburbs gathered with displaced inner westies to catch the latest live act, and lithe, tanned locals sipped sauv blanc in their short shorts. At once beer barn, music venue and sports bar, now it’s also a beach-cool cocktail bar and restaurant. The upstairs area at Beach Road has undergone an extensive renovation overseen by design firm Luchetti Krelle.
Dubbed The Valley, the new set-up consists of two bars. The east side, with its muted, washed out paint on the walls, retro cane furniture and abundant plant-life, is perfect for laid-back drinking and kicking back with DJs and live music. The west side has leather lounges, wooden flooring, and a white-tiled bar with seasonal cocktail menu for serious quaffing and dining.
Sarah and James Robbins of Bar Luca and BL Burgers take the helm in the Beach Road’s upstairs kitchen on May 25 and are planning to turn out some pretty exciting burgers, such as the Chicken Karaage (fried chicken, wasabi aioli, pickled vegetables, coriander and coral lettuce) and the Blame Canada (wagyu beef pattie, double American cheddar, maple-glazed streaky bacon, poutine – poutine?! – and maple aioli).
71 Beach Road, Bondi Beach, NSW
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