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BB’s is your typical dark and dingy pub. Behind the wrought iron bar sits a blackboard that displays the most important information de jour – what booze is available and how much it costs. The beer and wine selection is not bad, with a few standard cocktails thrown in.
Like any pub worth its salt, it has a happy hour from 5 – 7pm (sadly I waltzed in just after 7 so missed out on this lovely tradition!). Prices, however, are not too bad and about average for Sydney pubs.
Music is obviously the theme for this place, with signed music posters hung about and large silhouettes of guitars and music notes on the walls. Unfortunately the music did shift from a cool blues number to 106.9 love song dedication-esque tunes and back while I was there so it is not the music Mecca it wants to be. They have live performances on the stage at the back that kick off at about 8.00pm.
Located off the main strip in Bondi it obviously feels no pressure to be cool. BB’s is daggy and makes no apologies for it. Busy most nights of the week, it attracts more of a local contingent, the lack of English accents is noticeable!
It would be my preference over the vastness of the Bondi Hotel or glamour of the Icebergs Restaurant Bar hands down. And hey, anywhere that does not bat an eyelid if you bring in your own pizza is okay with me!
BB’s is open from 5pm – 1am every night except Sunday’s when it closes at 12am.
review by: Katie
The first time we came here was during the Olympics. The seafront was absolutely packed, and the roar from the Volleyball stadium was a constant reminder that thousands of people were about to descend on the pubs to talk about today's matches.
Not so at BB's - It was relaxed, filled mostly with local-looking folks who looked as though the olympics could go take a running jump as far as they were concerned. They had their beer and they were happy about it. Even when the volleyball stadium started to empty, most folk passed BBs by - it's small and discreet, and the nearby Bondi Hotel managed to slurp in most of the drinkers before they reached us. It was bliss.
Unfortunately we didn't have time to check out the band that was setting up in the corner, but we're promising to go back for some live music there - the ideal antidote to Bondi.
review by: pubguide staff