Skirt: Karla Spetic
Clutch: Co by Cotton On

I am going a little pop art mad at the moment. I always seem to pick up a trend and go a little overboard and then I get over it! At the moment it is comics. Too much is never an option! Today I had on my awesome 'Karla Spetic' skirt which has Lichtenstein's famous comic print on it in bold colours. I paired this with my new clutch by 'Co for Cotton On' which also features the same graphic in more pastel tones. They really are 'same same but different'. Even though both feature the same artwork the items of clothing are very different. Some may say they clash and should not be worn together, or it is comic overload but I say the more the merrier. As per usual! 

Last night I visited my old time haunt 'The Passage' in Darlinghurst for cocktails and nibbles for DM's birthday. 'The Passage' used to be a regular of mine but I have not been there in a while. It was lovely to see that nothing (monumentous) has changed. It was still as good as ever! 

It always has a great atmosphere. The hipster staff are as ever friendly and attentive! The front room is taken up by many people chowing down on sliders at the communal table. The next room is more intimate with diners eating by candlelight. The back bar is a casual drinking area with bar stools and a small DJ booth down the back.
Top: Truffle Fries $10
Bottom Left: Margarita Cocktail $15
Bottom Right: Barry Manilow Cocktail $15

They have a great cocktail list and DM and PB were on a mission to try them all. They are reasonably priced for a bar in the city at $15 a cocktail. I stuck with old faithful 'margarita'. They do a nice strong cocktail! The 'passionfruit martini' was the top of the list. This house favourite consists of Ketel One Vodka, Amaro Montenegro, pineapple and passionfruit. They were deliciously sweet and tasted exactly like passionfruit. The 'Barry Manilow' was also a winner. It comprised St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, watermelon and mint. It was extremely refreshing. I always enjoy Elderflower liqueur. After a few margaritas I moved onto the house Shiraz. It was a young red wine and wasn't extremely robust which was good. Unfortunately according to DM her favourite drink 'Pisco Sour' was a let down. 

Top Left: Meatball Sliders $6
Top Right: Crispy Chicken Wings $11
Bottom Left: Apple and Witlof Salad $10
Bottom Right: Crispy Calamari $14

To soak up the alcohol we ordered a bunch of share plates. To be honest the reason we used to like going to 'The Passage' so much was because of their awesome 'truffle fries with shaved parmesan'. Thank goodness they were still on the menu and just as good as we had remembered. Not too much truffle, a great balance of parmesan over crispy fries. They went down a treat. Several bowls may have been ordered! We also shared 'crispy chicken wings with ginger and spring onion' and 'crispy calamari with sweet chilli oil and aioli'. The portion of calamari was quite large. Delicious tiny little rings of tender calamari with not too much batter. Of course we couldn't go past some sliders. Everyone is a sucker for a mini burger. They have an impressive selection of four to choose from but the 'spicy meatball slider with tomato relish and cheddar' served on sweet brioche bun got our vote. You could easily eat three or four if you weren't careful! However, the sliders were a bit scarce on the tomato relish for ND's liking so she asked for another side of relish which was delivered with no hesitation. No more relish was needed for me, I am not a massive sauce fan! We also ordered a side salad of 'apple and witlof' with a lemon vinaigrette. It was outstanding. The crispness and tartiness of the Granny Smith apple was a lovely contrast to the other vegetables and the lemon dressing was divine. It was also a surprisingly large dish. Perfect!  

Overall, 'The Passage' is a well established small bar in Dalinghurst which is here to stay! It also offers great deals every night of the week. I think I will have to venture out on a Monday night for their $10 'Steak Frites' or a Tuesday for 50% off the entire menu. It is lovely to see with all the new bar haunts it hasn't lost its flavour! 

The Passage
231A Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Overall: 8/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Drinks: 8/10
Food: 7.5/10

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