The Rum Diaries

6:00pm - 12:00am
288 Bondi Road Bondi


function hire
late night dining
notable cocktails

Hunter S. Thompson may no longer be with us, but his legacy sure is. This Bondi cocktail bar and restaurant has been around for a couple of years now, but it still thrills hordes of fans with its shrine to everything rum-related.

Set just as Bondi Road begins to twist down to the beach, The Rum Diaries was one of the first inhabitants of what is now a bustling restaurant and bar precinct, featuring trendy hitters like the Flying Squirrel, The Corner House and The Stuffed Beaver. Having re-opened following two years of renovations, The Rum Diaries decor is set to impress.

At The Rum Diaries, they use rum in the conventional manner – in a mojito, daquiri or Cuba Libre, say – and in unconventional ways, like in the Wolfberry Steadman, a drink of Mount Gay rum, dark cocao, honey, pressed apple and lime juices, finished with a gogi berry foam. Glance at the cocktail menu and you'll realise that it actually traces a history of rum.

Food consists mainly of shared plates. There's rum-smoked barramundi or pork belly with tonka bean cloud, sour rhubarb puree and coriander gremolata. It’s all pretty exciting and comes with a bill to match. But Hunter S. Thompson would never worry about things like that; he would just crack the seal on another bottle.