Where to Celebrate the City 2 Surf

Every year, people from all over the globe flock to Sydney, to take part in one of the world’s biggest fun runs, The Sun Herald City 2 Surf.

The first race in 1971, attracted 1576 runners. Recently, however, the event has seen over 80,000 people join in on the run from Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD, to Bondi Beach.

As you can imagine, 80,000 thirsty runners can make for some seriously packed out bars. So it’s a good idea to plan ahead and (if possible) get someone to hold a table for you.

So, to help you prepare, here are our favourite places to celebrate after the City 2 Surf.


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Bondi Icebergs Club has been an Australian institution since 1929. It originally started as a club for lifesavers looking to keep their fitness up over the colder months.

Sure, swimming in cold water will be wonderful for your tired legs, but head to the bistro upstairs for an unbeatable view of Bondi Beach, and a wine list packed with lovely Australian Wines.

Bucket List

Located right in the middle of Bondi beach, and only a stone’s throw to the water’s edge, Bucket List is one of Sydney’s premier bars.

It’s the perfect place to soak in all the fun (along with a few cocktails) as the crowds amass along Bondi Beach. However, it gets especially busy after the City 2 Surf, so push hard up Heartbreak Hill to try and better ensure you get a spot. 

Hotel Bondi

Parked on the busiest section of Bondi’s Campbell Parade, Hotel Bondi is the perfect place to cheer on other runners as you relax with a cold glass of sparkling Moscato.

The recovery party at Hotel Bondi is pretty famous, and it’s central location also makes it an easy choice for thirsty runners. So if you want to join in the fun, don’t dawdle on the home stretch.

Now, we know what you’re thinking, but this is no ordinary RSL.

North Bondi RSL is nestled at the Northern end of Bondi Beach, and just about every seat in the house has a stunning view looking South down the Beach.

North Bondi RSL catches the afternoon sun perfectly, so if you can find enough space for a wine bucket, put some chilled sauvignon blanc on ice, and enjoy it!

The Sheaf

While most runners will end up nudging their way through the throngs in Bondi, some cheeky Sydneysiders prefer rounding up their run a little earlier.

The secretive “City 2 The Sheaf” is only three kilometres from the City 2 Surf starting line. So if the full fourteen kilometres doesn’t quite sound your style, then peel off in Double Bay, duck into The Sheaf, and raise a glass of your favourite wine to those poor runners - who still have a very long way to go.

Roberta Marchesini