The season’s warming up and that means you’re in the mood for some loving. Easy tiger. Before things get wild and steamy you first need to impress your date – the most crucial part of any Magnificent Bastard’s job.
We always like to say that if you’re going to do it, do it right the first time and get pulses racing with your charm backed with a killer location to score that home run. Welcome to the best date spots and date places in Bondi.
It’s not always about the chit-chat. Every man and his confidant needs a decent feed and you can do so whilst waxing lyrical at these proven hot spots for freshly minted lovers.
Di Orazio + Porchetta
You really can’t go wrong with Italian grub – carbs is everyone’s best friend (unless your date is one of those paleo people). At Di Orazio + Porchetta the vibe is typically loud with much to gawk at. Out the window, watching others, watching your pizza in the wood fire oven…it makes perfect sense if you’re finding it hard to work up a conversation so you can direct the attention elsewhere to keep things flowing. If it’s a more intimate affair you’re after we suggest parking it at the bar or bench where you can whisper sweet nothings into one another’s ears.
Middle Eastern is the name of the game here and it comes highly regarded amongst Bondi locals. The date portion is bound to go well with the restaurant serving up cool small tapas dishes to keep things light so that there’s room for sharing and conversing. There’s also some nice wines and cocktails on the menu shall you and they lover be needing it. Be sure to book this place ahead if you’ve locked down a second date.
Raw Bar Japanese Restaurant
We’re calling it: Raw serves up the best Japanese in Bondi and rightly so since it was a local pioneer of the wildly popular cuisine way back in 1995. The menu scrubs up pretty well with favourites including tempura, sashimi, nigiri, hand rolls and udon noodle soups. If the date isn’t impressed with the food after a stint then you can conclude that they are not the one. If they are the one, take them to the airy outdoor space where you can watch the sunset and make onlookers cringe at your unruly PDA.
North Bondi Fish
You don’t mess with a local icon and North Bondi Fish has fought its way up to the upper echelons of the Eastern Suburbs eating precincts. If the name didn’t give it away, these guys specialise in casual seafood dining thrown in with vibrant salads and share plates. Drinks are notably coastal inspired with a selection of signature cocktails. Book ahead early and you can score a spot on the balcony for more sunset gazing.
Day walkers needn’t be excluded from the game of love. For the perfect Bondi spot made for lunch dates, hit up The Nine. The beautifully appointed decor pairs seamlessly with the selection of freshly prepared brunch favourites including more healthy options than you can poke a stick at. A cosy little option if you’re busy at dusk.
When it needs to be a quick date make it one of the best places for a sneaky tipple before embarking on the night’s other proceedings. Here are the best date places for the romantic drinker.
The Corner House
They do food as well but that’s not why you’re here. The Corner House boasts one of Bondi’s most extensive alcohol lists including wines, beers, cocktails and ciders. We’d recommend heading upstairs to steal a spot on the bench or balcony.
For those who like their dark and intimate spaces to engage in a spot of courtship, there’s no better place than Bondi’s Speakeasy. The bar is hidden away and evokes a regal lounge room feel which makes chilling without Netflix a breeze. There’s also small nibblies shall you need it.
If your date is a bit of a thrillseeker than Anchor Bar is the place to be with a grungier feel that doesn’t compromise on the fun factor. You can also score some food in there if need be making for a night filled with food and laughs – the perfect catalyst for round two.
Run by Bondi’s cool kids, Neighbourhood sports a great vibe and it’s always packed with patrons. It might not sound like the most ideal date spot but pop out back and you’ll seldom be seen. Their eclectic mix of Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine is also pretty spot on too.