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The Eastern Launches The Publican, Chimmi’s, Anatoli with El Topo

The Eastern at Bondi Junction has been completely transformed with three new venues opening this week in addition to El Topo Mexican.

The Eastern Launch
The Eastern

At the official launch, media, celebrities, VIPs and industry representatives were taken on a progressive food and drink tour of all three new venues.

The Publican

Located on the ground level, The Publican is a 1930s modernised space that pays homage to an era of travel with old suitcases at the rear of the bar, postage stamp tables and good old fashioned service and good times.

the publican
The Publican

The pub specialises in craft beer and cider, with some 100 strong list  by the bottle and 12 on tap which will be on rotation. The kitchen serves a gourmet offering of jaffles from the Jaffle Bar such as slow-braised beef brisket and mushrooms.

Read our full review of The Publican here.


Up on the first floor, Anatoli restaurant is an eye catching space with a sleek marble top bar, trompe l’oeil mural, a chequered 3D black and white floor and over 200 wines in the cellar.


The restaurant offers Greek-style dishes with Australian produce by Executive Chef Matt Fitzgerald who also manages all four kitchens of The Eastern.

Canapés on the launch night gave a preview of what to expect with goat’s cheese and spinach bites, pork belly terrine, deep fried whitebait, and mini scallops with pearled barley.

Read our full review of Anatoli here.

Chimmi’s Rum Cantina

Chimmi’s is where to party South American style with Salty Donkey cocktails, a 100 strong rum list, delicious empanadas and arepas.


The decor has a homely 1970s South American feel where patrons are made to feel at home, enjoy great cocktails, discover more about rum while listening to cool and upbeat tunes that transport you across the world.

Read our full review of Chimmi’s here.

El Topo Mexican

Since it launched in late 2012, El Topo (not part of the progressive party), has become a Bondi favourite and the go-to destination for authentic Oaxacan food and delicious cocktails.

El Topo Mexican

The bar has has some of the best tequila and mezcal collections and has been featured in Sydney’s Best Tequila Bars. Cocktails can be made with a choice of either spirit. The food always impresses from the quesadillas with Mexican truffle to the achiote spatchcock with green olives, almond and oregano.

Read our full review of El Topo here.

The old Eastern is no more. From 1930s nostalgia with a twist, to modern Greek food and wines in a sparkling setting, a South American rum cantina, or a part of Mexico that evokes wanderlust, the Eastern has become an international destination for food and drink. Minus the passport and jetlag.

The Eastern launched on Tuesday 16 July, 2013.

The Publican, Anatoli, Chimmi’s, El Topo
500 Oxford St
Bondi Junction NSW

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About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.