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Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill offers wholesome pub grub, live music and all the major sporting events on big screen TVs.


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Australians – let’s call them Aussies (and there are a few other prized nicknames for them that we won’t use here) know how to have a good time. They’re not a pretentious bunch and enjoy wholesome fun, such as chatting over a beer with their mates, watching sport or having a barbie – that’s a barbecue for those who don’t know. They enjoy the sun, the surf, the great outdoors and any social event that doesn’t involve pomp and fuss.

      So with this in mind, if you’re after a laid-back pub scene with hearty pub grub and a natter with like-minded sports lovers, head to one of the two branches of Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill. Both are well-signposted, with the Chaweng branch being close to the turning to Soi Green Mango, and the Lamai branch being next to McDonalds.

       If there’s a sporting event that you just don’t want to miss while on holiday, Bondi is a sure-fire option, as they cover most of the main events. If you’re not sure, check out their website first, as there’s a schedule listed to ensure you don’t miss supporting your team.

          And if you feel like getting your groove on, Bondi Chaweng has a live cover band seven nights a week from 9:00 pm, and Lamai on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They play good old rock ‘n’ roll and pop, so it’s

easy to sing along and reminisce over past good times. Bondi makes an ideal place to start a night on the town, as they serve good food, perfect to line the stomach. Add to that live music, and you’re sure to get into the swing of things. Rock Island has been Bondi’s in-house band since they opened the Chaweng branch three and a half years ago. They’ve collected quite a troupe of groupies along the way, who love their renditions of Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Adele, Norah Jones, The Corrs, Bee Gees, Beyonce, Pink, and a huge list that grows by the week. They’re happy to take requests and definitely draw in the crowds. Crazy Stone is a group of four young guys ‘imported’ from Krabi to entertain the growing demand for quality music at the Bondi venues. These guys aren’t shy to give it all and mix it up, from The Rolling Stones, U2, and The Eagles to Bruno Mars and back to Stevie Ray Vaughn. They cover classic rock, pop and a host of classic 80s tunes, keeping the band a firm favourite in the Bondi venues.

          On the food front, Bondi is famous for its ribs and burgers. There’s a selection of burgers, with the Bondi Burger being the serious one – as with all their burgers, it’s a 100% Australian beef patty on a sesame bun, and it comes topped with beetroot, a pineapple ring, bacon, cheddar cheese and grilled red onions. There’s a side of rosa tomato salsa and French fries too. As Aussies love their barbies, there’s a good selection of other meat prepared on the charcoal grill too, such as various rib combos and a surf & turf with king prawns.

          Watch out for the daily specials (displayed on the website, or pop in and find out), such as ‘all you can eat ribs night’, when, as the name suggests, you can eat as many ribs as you like for 599 baht per person. Bondi has a firm following for its ribs, which apparently fall off the bone. They make great pizzas too, and on pizza special night, you’ll get any two pizzas for 499 baht.

          No matter your favourite beverage, Bondi aims to please. Aussies love an icecold brew, and here you’ll find a variety of local and imported brands including beer on tap, and ‘bucket’ specials - five beers kept cool in an ice bucket at a special price. Of course there’s spirits too, as well as shooters and cocktails if you’re in a serious party mood. And if you’re feeling a little more sophisticated, a selection of wines too.

          Bondi is great for families, particularly during the day and early evening before the party revellers arrive, and there’s even a dedicated kids’ menu. Both branches host regular events, especially supporting days such as Australia Day in January and Lunar New Year in February. They frequently bring in worldrenowned DJs and celebrate pretty much any excuse to have a party.

          And if it’s your own party you need to celebrate, then Bondi Chaweng has the perfect venue. Here, you can hire the entire third floor, which is fully airconditioned, has two pool tables and its own bathrooms. It’s an ideal venue to host a stag night or hen party, for a little ‘all-in-good-fun’ craziness before the big day.

          So if it’s a little laid-back fun you’re after or fancy a good meal while watching the game, you can’t go wrong at a branch of Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill. Or as an Aussie would say, “Fair dinkum mate, bring your Sheila and your mates, it’s a spiffy place to rage.”

 

 Rosanne Turner

 

 


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