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A Bar with Aesthetics: Pocket Bar

Amidst the rather hectic Sydney bar and restaurant scene lies Pocket, a little venue that definitely offers a point of difference. It is primarily a wine and cocktail bar at night but also serves as a café during the day. The graffiti-style murals that adorn the walls are the first sign that you’re not in Kansas anymore, and the rest of the décor even further proves this point. From the eclectic mix of knick knacks encased underneath the glass on the bar to the green army men lined up along the metal beams near the ceiling, there is a feast for the eyes indeed.

Pocket offers a tidy selection of drinks, with a simple wine list and traditional cocktails such as Martinis, Mojitos and Moscow Mules. But if you fancy something with a bit of a twist then go for the Bramble cocktail, a delightful mix of gin, muddled blackberries, lime juice and blackberry liqueur. Locals take note: every day at 5.30pm is christened “The People’s Hour”, where Pocket shares the love with loyal customers and newbies alike by providing them with complimentary snacks to enjoy with their after work drinks. If you can’t leg it there in time, there is a small, reasonably priced menu of little bites to share which is available all evening.

For something more substantial to line thy stomachs, there is a dinner menu with an extensive list of crepes, both sweet and savoury. On weekends, you can choose from a more substantial daytime menu. With Breakfast Bruschetta and more traditional brekkie options on offer, there’s enough to cater for all tastes, including a good selection for our vegetarian friends. For lunch you can choose from a nice selection of panini and there’s also free Wi-Fi access so you can kick back with coffee and a Zumbo pastry whilst working away on the laptop.

Pocket is the type of place you really want to like. It’s different, visually appealing and exudes cool. Sydney needs more places like this to fill a void between traditional pubs and swanky bars, where you can enjoy a casual drink with friends and sit amongst fine aesthetics.

13 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
(02) 9380 7002

words: Mireille Lam


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