Perched at the top of Campbell Parade in South Bondi, this margarita bar and restaurant is guaranteed to be buzzing with locals on a warm evening.
The team behind the adorable and ironically named Bondi Massive now takes on The Anchor with full-on pirate panache.
Chef Zac Pauling (formerly of Porteño and Pink Salt) has created a diverse and inventive menu with a focus on sustainable seafood. Share plates like mackerel with plums, sake and anise, and kingfish wings with harissa, fennel and orange are hard to go past.
The specials board is worth a look too – tempura fish tacos with jalapeño salsa and a zesty lime mayo pack a punch and the daily oysters go down a treat.
The cocktail list is organised by agave, sugarcane, grain and grapes and houses a range of specialty margaritas and Sailor Jerry rum concoctions. Western Australian wines and beers from Manly’s 4 Pines Brewing Company round out the drinks menu.
The nautical theme is undeniable but not overdone, with windows opening out onto the footpath, providing a nice contrast to the galley-esque space. A dark, varnished wood interior, anchor tattoos on more than one friendly staff member and plenty of rum complete the pirate ship atmosphere. Good times, ahoy.