Rocafelas, pronounced like the American billionaires, embodies three passions: for food, music and art. Positioned in Potts Point’s Kellett Street, this new avant-garde bar with an Italian touch brings a unique vibe to the area.
Gold leaf walls with flowers blooming radiantly from the ceiling make an immediate impact as you walk into the main bar area which nestles between small, hideaway nooks and an outdoor space for summer.
Shiny blue, drum kit pieces hang overhead as you order a drink from a well-stocked cocktail and beer menu. I sink myself in The Desert Cruiser, a cocktail with tequila, grapefruit and lime that pays homage to Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) Desert Sessions. Enough said.
The drink list also has an extensive range of imported red and white wine. I perch at a wooden booth next to a large Victorian-style fireplace (functional in winter), which has nine skull-shape candles upon its mantle with wax melting over the edge.
Chef Jessica Playford, formerly of Victoria Room, Darlinghurst and Anchor Bar, Bondi has developed the Rocafela’s kitchen into an authentic Italian eatery, featuring arancini stuffed with mozzarella, Italian herb meatballs and pepperoni pizza.
I take my plate into the interesting outside area where I am greeted by an intricate wall mural of comic-book style, painted by local artist Alex Lehours.
The bar’s eclectic ambience is enhanced by pendant lights in tin cans and a hand-blown stained-glass hanging light in the back corner, in front of a black and white painting of three skulls.
Smooth and progressive, where the bar staff and clientele match the interior, Rocafelas is without doubt the new hipster hangout on the joint and will make you feel as at home as if you were back at your usual stomping ground.
1 Kellett St, Potts Point
Open: Tuesday to Sunday – 6pm to late