Busy, noisy and a stone’s throw from the golden sands of Bondi Beach, North Bondi Italian Food is either your worst nightmare or, as we think, a bloody awesome spot for a drink. Take a seat at the bustling bar or on a balmy evening head out to the verandah with a Campari and fresh ruby grapefruit juice and watch as the last of the swimmers head home and the sun sets. As the name suggests, the food and booze have an Italian bent. Menabreas and Morettis are available if beer’s your thing, as is the delicious Sicilian Patruni E Sutta – all refreshing accompaniments to the complementary peanuts that come in their shell. If you’re feeling thrifty, the carafes of wine are a real winner. Not only cheap, they are pretty damn tasty too. Of course if you want something a little more fancy there’s plenty of other options available, like the 2009 Torbreck Cuvee Juvenilles grenache blend. Balance out the drinks with a couple bar snacks, all of which are pretty impressive. They have perhaps Sydney’s best arancini: served in a basket with a cheek of lemon, golden and crunchy on the outside, they're a cheese and spinach party on the inside. Bellissimo! Add a salumi plate – perhaps the cacciatore salami by Robert Marchetti – and hunk of asiago with fennel biscotti, celery stalks and bread, and you’re pretty much set. All you need to do now is sit back, check out the ceiling art and take in the scene. Nice.