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The Anchor Bar & Restaurant

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Published January 17th 2015
Down the Anchor for Seafood, Shots & Pirate Tales
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The Anchor Bar & Restaurant - image courtesy of FB


The popular Bondi Beach strip is as varied and colourful as its trendy residents and constant stream of visitors. You can feel the pavement vibrate with the march of arty types, fitness freaks, beach lovers, tourists, teens, foodies and the curious.

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Bondi Beach - image by Seafarrwide


The backstreets form a mosaic of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and bars each with its own laid back vibe, but some of the gems are still to be found right on the main stretch.

Recently I was strolling down Campbell parade, or should I say almost crowd surfing - it was that busy and my eyes caught sight of The Anchor Bar & Restaurant. Unassuming at first with its open shop frontage and dimly lit interior. Once inside you have the feel you have entered a Pirates tavern. Rustic brick walls, nautical influences and solid dark recycled timber pieces made me expect to see a random pirate type or at the very least a hipster beard. I wasn't disappointed either, as I found one in the open kitchen area -it was possible he was a pirate too!

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The Anchor Bar & Restaurant - image Seafarrwide


This small bar has walls clad with interesting memorabilia, vintage chandeliers and rock and roll elements here and there.

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image courtesy of The Anchor Bar FB


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The golden loot for Tequila and Cocktail lovers is the bar. Dim lighting illuminates a kaleidoscope of bottles and profusions that no doubt whip up 'knock your Rockabilly socks off' Cocktails and Tipples of choice.

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The Bar


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Tequila is their specialty image source The Anchor Bar FB


The co owners Georgia Bennet, Steve Wasley and Andy Penny founded this bar originally due to their search for the best Margaritas and good Tequila became their focus. The crowd pleaser Cocktails are the 'Machete' (Jalapeņo and guava margarita) and the 'Anchor Mary' with Clamato juice and a crab claw. $18.00

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Cocktails at The Anchor Bar & Restaurant


It's not all about drinking either, the focus is also on providing a healthy menu that shouts we are gluten, wheat and diary free with an emphasis on market fresh seafood. Chef Zac Pauling has hauled the freshest catch in to create seafood bites that tantalise your taste buds.

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Kingfish Wings $18.00 - image source,The Anchor Bar FB


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Lobster Roll special - image source, The Anchor Bar FB


But don't worry if you aren't a seafood fan - you can still enjoy a good slab of beef or a burger.

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Grain fed Gippsland Beef Fillet $35.00 image source, The Anchor Bar FB


The menu to me seemed to fit the theme of The Anchor Bar I was almost surprised not to find some old fish nets hanging from the ceiling, but that would really take it back to the 80s and this small hip bar was far from that. All in all a simple but interesting menu and as I am a lover of seafood, I was delighted to find a good excuse to revisit. The late night bar snacks were also enticing, again seafood inspired - Fish burgers, Fish Tacos and Salted Cod Croquettes.

If just moseying in for a few chilled white wines is all you have in mind, then you can easily find a decent drop from the carefully selected Wine list, Margaret River region wines are the shining stars. Red wine lovers will also revel in their finds.

This is a place that the spirited boho regulars can pile in for a cold one off straight off the beach or groups can settle in for a night of fun. Rock and rolls tunes like Roadhouse Blues - The Doors, or The Passing - Iggy Pop will make your toes tap and no doubt the volume and tempo will increase as tequilas shots are downed and you make new best friends.



Don't walk past this one on Campbell Parade, drop in for a swig and a nibble and enjoy the view.

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The View - image SFW


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Why? Great small bar by the Sea
When: Tuesday - Friday 430pm - late, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 1230pm - 1am.
Phone: (02) 8084 3145
Where: 8 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Cost: Food $4 - $35, Drinks $7
Your Comment
The cocktails look lovely.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12313) 1550 days ago
What a great find
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1245) 1551 days ago
You just gotta love Bondi and what it has to offer, an interesting place you covered, thanks for sharing it :)
by RC (score: 3|1221) 834 days ago
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