I'm a student living in Sydney with a great love of food, history and the outdoors.
Published June 26th 2013
Super relaxed bar with awesome atmosphere with live music
Owned and run by Paul and Suzi, The Bungalow Lounge and Tapas at Ettalong Beach is one of the most chilled out, relaxed places on the Central Coast. Only an hour's drive from Sydney, this unique tapas bar has all the good vibes you need for an awesome evening by the sea. This bar is an absolute hidden gem, situated up the stairs in the Cinema Paradiso complex at Ettalong Beach.
The Bungalow has a very impressive drinks menu, ranging from local and imported beers, wines and spirits to a dazzling array of cocktails. Yummy mocktails, frappes and soft drinks are available for the designated driver! I can recommend the Creme Brûlée Frappe for this group. Coffee is also available for those caffeine fiends among us. Drinks vary in price, depending on which beverage you desire. Your biggest problem will be deciding on which drink you want to try first.
Cocktails at The Bungalow- Copyright The Bungalow Lounge and Tapas
The Tapas menu is a great way to share food with your friends. Platters are available as well as individual dishes. All the food is of fantastic quality with great flavours. Tapas options include Tiger Prawns in garlic butter with lime aioli, which I thoroughly recommend! The Chorizo with caramelized onions, cider and jalapeno chillies is also to die for. Serving sizes are quite substantial, so a few plates shared between friends (or a serving to yourself if you can't bear to share!) is a good light meal option.
Homemade Meatballs in Red Wine and Tomato Sauce- Copyright The Bungalow Lounge and Tapas
If you have a sweet tooth, desserts are available at The Bungalow. These include pastries, delicious cakes and the holy grail- strawberry and marshmallow skewers with chocolate sauce and shaved Lindt chocolate. Any of these options are certain to tame that sugar craving!
Yummy Lemon Tart- Copyright The Bungalow Lounge and Tapas
The Bungalow is right next to the Ettalong cinema, so is a great place to chill out before or after seeing a movie. Have a walk around the Mediterranean themed Cinema Paradiso complex; I guarantee you will not find such a unique cinema around Sydney!
The Bungalow also supports local talent, with great artists from around the Central Coast performing for your pleasure. Their presence really adds to the atmosphere of the bar. Live music is on Sundays from 5pm. I definitely recommend timing your visit to see these performers.
On Thursday nights from 6-8pm The Bungalow hosts Rising Stars, a great showcase of local talent. Full bar and menu options are available and entry is $10.
Local Talent Performing at The Bungalow- Copyright The Bungalow Lounge and Tapas
The Bungalow is available to be booked for events such as birthday parties. This would be a perfect way to enjoy a special celebration, as The Bungalow is a stone's throw from the beach and other Central Coast attractions. Wheelchair access is available through a lift at the Cinema, which connects with the bar.
There is ample parking available both on the street and in the car park adjacent to the complex. Accommodation is also available in the same building or just down the road, so if you're planning a weekend getaway or have just overindulged on too many cocktails, you can stay nearby.
All the staff are very welcoming and happy to accommodate any special requests you may have. The Bungalow is a unique bar to visit, perfect for super chillaxed evening drinks while supporting a local business, showcasing some amazing local talent.