Ori’s Bar, an Italian bar that will transport you to the piazzas of Italy, launches in Bondi

Ori’s Bar, located next door to Da Orazio, is a classic Italian bar offering pre-batched cocktails, an all new snack menu and a jukebox loaded with 80’s and disco tracks.

Providing guests a private place to escape and linger, and reminiscent of the piazzas of Italia, Ori’s Bar will be for walk-ins only. The 30-seat, table-service bar, has a drinks list that showcases classic cocktails including: Boulevardier; barrel-aged Negroni; Manhattan; Old Fashioned; Aviation; and the Orazio, a drink made especially for owner Orazio D’Elia – combining the Vodka, sweetness of watermelon, citrus of handmade Limoncello, freshness of mint and cucumber. This cocktail captures memories of Orazio traveling with his Nonno in Italy to buy watermelon for his fruit shop.

“Being back in Bondi we wanted to create a new space where people can choose what they want depending on the day they are having – a quick drink and a snack before dinner, a nightcap or stay and graze the entire Da Orazio menu – you make it what you want” says Orazio.

“I love the piazzas in Italy, they are my favourite, a relaxed, no attitude space where you can stay and unwind with family and friends, I am happy to bring my interpretation of this to Bondi,” continued Orazio.

A new ‘Stuzzichino’ snacks section to the Da Orazio menu which is available in Ori’s Bar includes: Prosciutto De Parma & Reggiano Crocchette with Aioli; Beef Tart-Tartare topped with Trout Roe and Chives; Bruschetta Pugliese topped with Octopus & Stracciatella; and Chickpeas & Mussels Carasau Crisp. This allows guests the choice to graze lightly on snacks and antipasto or order off the whole menu from the main dining room.

Along with the full stocked bar cart, a focal part of the venue is the $1coin juke box loaded with Orazio and general manager Cristiano Poddine’s favourite 80’s, disco and house tracks. Christiano jokes: “We are yet to agree on the maximum sound as we know Orazio loves to turn it up and I like to turn it down. With the soundtrack up to the guests the vibe in the space is up to them on any day and we are excited for the variety each day will bring.”

The team have collaborated with Loopcreative to create a casual and chic space that is reminiscent of basking in the glow of an endless Italian summer. The relaxed bar surrounded by bench seating scattered with coloured pillows showcases a deli style fridge displaying several salami and prosciutto encased in walls that are a salmon hue of pink.

Ori’s Bar is open Thursday & Friday from 5pm, Saturday & Sunday from 12pm and is available for exclusive hire seven nights a week and all day on the weekend.

Visit: www.daorazio.com.au IG: @da_orazio | @chef_orazio

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