Black-tea ice cubes, sultana swizzle sticks, honeycomb, vodka, gin, rye and more all shaken and stirred and muddled and served for your pleasure - meet the drinks (and their makers) you'll find at the year's biggest cocktail carnival
It’s hard not to mention Pocket Bar in the context of the evolution of the Sydney small bar scene - as one of the first players, they set a cracking pace with reclaiming a boring space and filling it with alcohol delights, but have shown no fatigue with an ability to pack the crowds into their compact confines. The poptastical ‘street-art’ still blasts out from the walls, the nooks and crannies teem with locals and visitors keen to fill the space. There’s a host of retro detritus that fleshes out the décor including a barside installation of fairy lights, old sunglasses and things. It feels good. Hip East Sydney locals still pile in early to have a nibble on something off the snacking list, drown themselves with a few heady cocktails (go for the Voodoo Child - reposado and espresso tequila, Punt e Mes, bitters) and when it’s busier, crowds tumble out onto the street even though you’re not supposed to. We're not surprised, after a few rum Negronis. There’s a better than expected wine list that turns over a number of decent tipples by the glass, beers work with local and international favourites, and of course you can always just roll through to munch on some of their often-talked-about crepes with various stuffings and accoutrements. Comfortable, bustling and fun, Pocket continues on its modest course while offering just a whiff of edgy, ice-box cool for good measure.