There was a time when Sydneysiders were starved of good bars and the act of simply existing ensured clientele. That’s not the case these days. Instead, we expect something more than a ‘hidden’ location and booze in a glass – especially if you’re handing over 18 bucks for the privilege. Pocket is one of the city’s original small bars and still offers plenty of reasons to visit. The bar staff are knowledgeable, on the ball and can whip up a cocktail deserving of its price tag. Add a soundtrack that flips between the Preatures and the Searchers and an extensive drinks menu, including cocktails with fun names like ‘bunga bunga’ and ‘take your clothes off’ – the latter made with tequila, agave honey, lime, pear puree and a pinch of cinnamon – and you have a delightful package worthy of a space in Sydney’s ever-expanding bar scene.