DJ’s spun summer beats as guests decided which of the evening’s two cocktails they would sample. Having a choice of Hardware Hoola made with Ketel One Vodka, lime, coconut syrup, raspberry puree & cream, or the special Tiki bar ‘Blue Steel’ which was mixed up to order, consisting of Pampero Especial Rum, Blue Curacao, lime, pineapple, orange and orgeat syrup, it was a very hard decision, so I thought the best thing to do was have one of each. For those non-cocktail drinkers, Vale Ale, Vale Lager and Batlow Premium Cider were also served along with Forrest Pinot Gris and Villa Sandi Prosecco.
Delicious items from their new autumn menu were served, including the popular classic beef sliders, buttermilk fried chicken drumette’s with smoked honey mustard dressing, pork & fennel sausage rolls and Harissa lamb skewers.
The photo booth was a popular attraction, with many of the guests deciding to play dress up, using props such as coconut bras, grass skirts and Tiki masks, providing some hilarious mementos of the evening.
Named after its original occupant of thirty years, a cluttered hardware store, Bondi Hardware pays homage to its heritage with the interior transformed, utilising exposed brickwork, beams, high gabled ceilings and recycled timber.
Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond