“The ‘80s was just so big,” says Daimon Downey, co-owner of new Sydney bar Bondy's. “Huge hits, massive hair, giant shoulder pads and bright-blue cocktails. It was rich and we couldn’t get enough, so what better namesake icon in Australia than Alan Bond to represent it?”
You'll arrive via elevator, and step into a space that immediately evokes A Night at the Roxbury. The bar, dance floor and velveteen booths surrounding it are doused in glowing fluorescent pink and turquoise light.
“It’s Ken Done meets Memphis at a party at George Michael’s penthouse,” says Downey.
Food, too, pays homage to a decade that hasn’t been fondly remembered for its culinary excellence.
“Why did devils on horseback ever disappear from the menus of the world? Real men do eat quiche, and prawns are only there to spoon cocktail sauce in your mouth,” says Downey.
Devils on horseback indeed share the spotlight with classic quiche Lorraine and prawn cocktails. More substantial is the Bondy’s cheeseburger, and more financially substantial are the $125 blinis with caviar and crème fraiche.
While not necessarily a groundbreaking dining offering, the food props up the priority here. And that’s drinking.
The drinks list is true to the ‘80s theme, too. It includes favourites such as the Alabama Slammer and Singapore Sling as well as modern concoctions the Pat Cash (Hendricks gin, cucumber, apricot, citrus and bitters) and the Gordon Gekko (Cognac and pineapple juice infused with fresh mint and ginger).
“Think Tom Cruise jumping on the bar, spitting out a poem as the last barman poet,” says Downey. “The movie is Cocktail. Watch it today and come live it tonight.”
If the hard liquor becomes too much, there’s always Foster’s on tap. Downey tells me Bondy’s is the only venue in Australia to offer it.
Level 1, 16 Phillip Lane, Sydney
(02) 9251 2347
Wed, Thu & Sat 5pm–late