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Published December 28th 2013
Personally, I rarely drink. I've never been interested in pub-crawls and wasting half a pay-check at a night-club, it's just not my thing. My personal preference is for a more intimate establishment with plenty of room to sit down and relax around a table with a few friends and share a few drinks, rather than drink to excess and continuously be shouting "What?" over blaring live music and every other conversation in the room.
So when I was invited out for drinks in the city for a birthday, I was nervous. I should also add that I am terrible with directions (even with my Google Maps app on my phone) and often get lost in the city if I haven't been there before. The easiest way for someone to get to Little Red Pocket is to get off at Southern Cross Station and keep walking up Little Collins street until you encounter The Irish Times pub across the street (it has a sail-boat sized Irish flag hanging out the front, you can't miss it).
Little Red Pocket is located upstairs and the view from the wide bay windows was lovely. I had never ventured down Little Collins Street before and there are so many side streets that interconnect and small restaurants just tucked out of sight, itching for exploration. The inside of Little Red Pocket was cool and decorated in shades of black, white and gray with the occasional splash of red.
Little Red Pocket has a specialisation in freshly mixed cocktails and sake (Japanese rice wine). The best way to enjoy Little Red Pocket is in combining funds and buying in bulk because otherwise it works out to be about $10 a drink, so make sure to organise your event there as a group. While it does have Eftpos facilities, I would recommend bringing cash instead. We ordered
Hakatsuru - made from citrus fruit Yuzu, liqueur-like shochu, like limoncello but without the excessive sweetness
I personally preferred the Hakatsuru's citrus tang over the syrupy Hakutsuru and though Little Red Pocket does have an extensive food menu, if you're still hungry there's a eat-in Japanese restaurant just a few doors up.