Bondi Beach is known around the world for its excellent surf and scenic views.It is the centre for a different kind of Sydney night life. While Bondi has long been a tourist and local pleasure destination within Sydney, its diverse culture (in both residents and visitors) and laidback attitude towards bars and clubs is becoming increasingly more appealing to the average Sydney punter.
But what makes Bondi different? Although it has long been known as a great location for a dinner by the sea or a few drinks after a surf, more and more these days the crowds simply go there to get away from the high stress atmosphere and strict dress codes of the inner city pubs and clubs. While in Bondi people may have to walk a little further or wait a little longer for the bus they are far less likely to be challenged on things like wearing a t-shirt with thongs or getting kicked out because the club is full.
It’s this come-as-you-are attitude that is making places like Hotel Bondi increasingly popular. With its lack of entrance fees, half backpacker half local crowd and practically non-existent dress code it’s easy to see why people would prefer it to the over populated and overpriced clubs that the Sydney CBD is famous for. In recent years there is even a growing market for upscale cocktail bars like the Hotel Ravesi’s Drift, with polished interiors and astounding views, where people can have a relaxed and intimate night with friends in a classy location.
Even for those people who aren’t necessarily looking for dinner or drinks Bondi remains one of Sydney’s cultural hubs, all centered around the famous Bondi Pavilion. From classes in things like pottery and music to live plays and performances to art exhibitions, the Bondi Pavilion is waist-deep in modern Australian culture and is sure to have something for everyone, be they local or tourist.
At the end of the day Bondi is one of many beaches in Sydney. But it is unique as a nightlife and cultural destination within Sydney and, most times, this has nothing to do with its beach.