Karl Schlothauer reckons when he first opened Pocket Bar, he sold more crêpes than booze. Perhaps that’s because Pocket Bar, was one of the first small bars in Sydney. Now we’ve grown up, we know what we’re doing, Sydney heads into his Darlinghurst burrow for crafty mixology and old faithfuls, whisky and wine. Pocket Change pumps cocktail value from the Snozberry ($7) to Palomita ($11). You might recognise Schlothauer as a whisky drinker – he also owns (Ardbeg heaven) Stitch and Button in Sydney and Terrigal, plus a bar in Paris. So it’s no surprise that the whisky list – bourbon rye Scotch Japanese – is extensive and heads the spirits menu. And extends to cocktails: No Money No Honey ($18) is a Scotchy take on the negroni; the Talisker Ginger Scot ($22) sings with the addition of apricot brandy.
This review was published in my weekly Bar Fly newspaper column for Alternative Media Group.
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