Next time you’re on the hunt for a cosy venue in Bondi Junction with a collision of fine food, drink, DJs and live entertainment, head to Spring Street and look down – Spring Street Social is underground in more ways than one. This basement bar is inspired by a bygone age of snake oil touts and apothecaries, a place where inventive cure-all cocktails, crafty beers and weird and wonderful foodstuffs keep the beat alongside some of Sydney’s finest musicians – every day of the week from Tuesday through to Saturday night (and the small hours of Sunday morning).
The brainchild of eccentric ex-pharmacist and truffle farmer Peter Wright, otherwise known as The Farmacist, Spring Street Social offers up a set of confidently-executed experiments compounded of gastronomic wizardry, contemporary mixology, and esoteric musicianship. Set in a warm and inviting underground complex below Bondi Junction’s Spring Street, this is one haunt bound to become your regular if you’re a citizen of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. When push comes to shove we’d tag the food modern Australian, but the diligent gourmands out there will want to confirm in person. Book a table and let the Spring Street Social experience speak for itself.
A short dozen signature cocktails head up the list of refreshing preparations at Spring Street Social. The Snake Oil, for instance, is an intoxicating blend of Buffalo Trace bourbon, old fashioned bitters and a five spice infusion – a heady tripartite compound created in homage to the Golden Age of curative elixirs that this Bondi Junction bar and venue takes its cues from in terms of look, feel, and taste. The food, too, has a robust and rustic vibe. Snacks like truffle popcorn and Cajun-spiced sweet potato wedges, gourmet salads like the beetroot and Fuji apple salad with Persian feta and Pedro Ximenez caviar set the tone, while main courses like gourmet hot dogs, smoked chicken quesadillas and pulled beef sliders keep the earthy pulse going on through to a popular selection of share plates. Of these, the fried chicken wings tossed in your choice of sauce – Pop, Blues, Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Metal proceeding from mildly spicy to stupidly hot – are ideal when you and your colleagues are contemplating the packed roster of live music.