Once a stomping ground for DIY home renovators and eastern suburb tradies, the old hardware store on Bondi’s Hall Street has had a makeover of its own and is attracting more than the ‘Four-and-Twenty’ crowd these days.
Now a pumping breaky joint, come boozy lunch spot, come evening bar and restaurant, Bondi Hardware (fittingly named) is Hall Street’s new all-round pleaser.
Beautifully retrofitted using original materials from the site; there’s an impressive skylight, exposed brick, rustic timber ceilings, plywood pinboards, and a ‘tool’ display wall – a nod to its 30-year hardware history.
Drop in for a casual drink and bar snacks or settle in for dinner with friends (yes, they take bookings!). The food’s ‘global’ and designed to share; sample kingfish carpaccio, pippies with garlic and ginger, prosciutto wrapped bocconcini, grilled ocean trout, and red peppers stuffed with ‘all sorts of vegie goodness’. And let’s not forget the wood-fired oven firing up rustic-style pizzas, gozleme, and smoky bread.
And if breaky is more your thing, well, they’ve got that covered too. Say good morning with ricotta pancakes topped with maple glazed bananas and a vitamin-charged vegie juice after a dip at North Bondi.
Follow the locals beyond Campbell Parade and nab a stool at the front open bay window. You’ll enjoy good food, friendly service and some of Bondi’s best people watching as the good, the bad, and the beautiful pass you by.
39 Hall Street, Bondi 2026
T: 02 9365 7176
Open seven days till late