It's sort of like the last day of school. And not that I need a reason to drink, but a short break is a pretty good one, and here's a few options in Darlo.
|Cocktail at 13b, Burton Street, Darlinghurst|
Offered interim seats at the very front of the bar, we actually settled there for the rest of the night. Our voucher entitled us to two share plates of dips and cured meats, and a cocktail each.
I can’t for the life of me remember what my cocktail was – but it probably had gin (I’m on a gin bent at the moment) and pineapple juice, served on ice in a bulbous wine glass, which I rather like.
|The 'Amazingly Perfect' cocktail at 13b|
|Dips and bread plate at 13b|
|Cured meats and olives plate at 13b|
|Shady Pines Saloon, Crown Street, Darlinghurst|
Heavily themed, I suppose, Western saloon style, the many animal heads and presumably stuffed creatures may well send the vegetarians running. There are also saddles, aged black and white photos and other “Western” paraphernalia to please, or confuse, the eyes.
|White wine at Shady Pines Saloon|
My Italian white wine was quite unexpected in taste; light and almost a little sharp – a just a little strange with the bowl of roasted-in-shell peanuts that everyone is entitled to. It looks like the kind of place that you’d just toss peanut shells on the ground, but no-one is doing so and I resist the urge.
|Mint Julep at Shady Pines Saloon|
|Inside Pocket Bar, Burton Street, Darlinghurst|
|Down the Island rum punch at Pocket|
With ice slowly melting, the drink (designed for 2–4 people) actually lasts quite some time among two chatty girls, hungrily waiting for yet another cured meats plate (different day to above bars though).
|Charcuterie with mustard fruits and toast|
Busy, even on an early Saturday evening, Pocket progressively gets busier as the night goes on, with a great relaxed ambience and no sense of pretension whatsoever.
Happy long weekend drinking!