Bar at O'Brien (aka The Crossing)
A bar by any other name
Love it or hate it, the latest addition to Bondi’s bustling bar scene remains mysteriously nameless. Whether you find the concept cool and secretive, or up-itself and pretentious, this bar speaks for itself.
Bondi’s finest have already ferreted it out and are, as we speak, adorning its rather spacious premises with an up-for-it, East-side party crowd.
Nestled on O’Brien Street, at the turning with Hall, this bar isn’t in fact that hard to find. Just look for the sociable open front patio which combines succulent foliage and a series of mix-matched tables to create a laid-back al fresco drinking spot. Delicious tapas and an international beer and wine list complete the picture.
Once inside, the bar opens up like a scene from a 1970s movie. Young bright things garnish the sleek glass bar, propped up on cushioned stools, sipping colourful drinks. Others mill around the stylish space deciding which cocktail to order (we’d recommend the minty Mojito for starters).
Delve a little further and you are brought through to a more loungy seating area. Dark wood furniture, a vintage rug and ornate beams decorate this homely 1970s space. Velvety booths are set back from the bar and couples and groups of friends chat late into the night.
Although it may have no official name, there is nothing flighty about this drinking hole. The space, furniture and atmosphere tell you that this one’s here to stay – which makes a nice detour from the current pop up explosion, don’t cha think?
Where: 13 O’Brien Street, Bondi Beach
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 6pm – late