Local Bloke – Andy Ruwald from North BondiIf you’ve ever been out for a drink in Bondi then you’ll recognise the friendly face of Andy Ruwald, the brains behind Bondi institutions Sejuiced and The Bucket List. Andy shares his local favourites with The Beast…
How long have you lived here? I’ve been around these parts for as long as I can remember.
Why do you live here? It’s the best place on the planet and I love our community. My children go to school here and I enjoy watching them thrive in this amazing environment.
What’s your favourite beach? Bondi, without a doubt. It’s just got everything I need and I feel very lucky to live here.
What’s your favourite eatery? The Bucket List, Bondi – there’s nothing quite like it anywhere in the world.
Where do you like to have a drink? My new local, Bondi Beach Public Bar. The minute steak and the schnitzel are next level.
Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? The diversity, lifestyle, food and culture here are incredible.
Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? I’m a super positive person but the Indian mynas are driving me nuts at The Bucket List.
Do you have a favourite sporting team? The Roosters and the Sydney Swans – incredible athletes and they are top blokes as well.
What music are you into at the moment? Everything from Jimmy Buffett to Kendrick Lamar and even Lana Del Ray – anything that makes you want to dance.
Who is your favourite person? I have a few so it’s hard to choose; my beautiful mother, my boys and my lovely lady.
What do you get up to on the weekends? Breakfast and a juice at Sejuiced Bondi, reading a good book in the sunshine, jumping off flat rock with the boys, surfing at North Bondi, watching the footy in the afternoon, a beer in the sunshine at The Bucket List and a steak and pony at Bondi Beach Public Bar.
What do you do for work? I live and breathe my work. My office is Bondi Beach and I’m thankful every day to call The Bucket List my workplace. My second favourite place in the world is Bali and I’m really enjoying working on my new project there, Tropicola. It will be a beach club, restaurant, bar and mansion/hotel all in one, right on the beach at Seminyak! Mexicola is already such an enjoyable experience for all and I’m excited to see us open another unreal venue in Bali.
What’s your favourite thing about work? People coming to Bondi Beach and experiencing one of the best beach bar/restaurants in the world. The same goes for Bali; happy people and smiles on faces.
Do you have a favourite quote? “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde.
Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? A lot of people said The Bucket List would not work but I always thought the community needed an institution that was positive, safe and individual to our Bondi. We gave it a good go and I believe The Bucket List has served the community overall and has contributed to a better Bondi for everyone.