Geelong’s charming rooftop hangout, The Cork Bar, sets the bar high

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Geelong’s charming rooftop hangout, The Cork Bar, sets the bar high

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Words by Staff Writer

Whether you're toasting with a sparkling wine under the festoon lights on the rooftop or sharing a craft beer in the cosy downstairs bar, The Cork Bar has a libation for every mood.

Nestled in the vibrant heart of Pakington Street, Geelong, there’s a new(ish) local gem that’s causing quite a stir – The Cork Bar.

Taking residence in the two-story building that once housed Taste Jamaica, this cosy neighbourhood bar and rooftop hangout officially opened its doors back in September last year, and ever since it’s become the go-to spot for those looking to sip crispy wine, innovative cocktails, and indulge in delectable snacks.

Thursday through Sunday, The Cork Bar provides a welcoming haven where patrons can revel in the illusion of having life completely together while cradling a Pinot on Lil Pako’s courtyard. The rooftop bar is the pièce de résistance, boasting a stunning aesthetic with a green and tan colour palette, with a picture-perfect collection of tan leather high-back barstools, plush green chairs, timber tables, and rattan outdoor seating adorned with sumptuous velvet green cushions.

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As you ascend to the rooftop, you’re greeted by a dedicated bar area surrounded by tan couches, festoon lighting casting a warm glow during twilight hours, and a mix of high and low tables. Half the deck is shaded, creating a perfect spot for those who enjoy a cool breeze, while the other half basks in the glorious sunshine – an ideal setup for soaking up the afternoon rays.

In case the weather decides to play spoilsport, fear not, as The Cork Bar has you covered with a cosy downstairs bar that mirrors the same vibe and colour scheme as its popular rooftop sibling, complete with a distinctive green sign that beckons passersby.

This hidden gem in Geelong doesn’t just offer a feast for the eyes with its stunning tan and green aesthetic (though that’s so very welcomed); it tantalises your taste buds too with an impressive menu that perfectly complements the cool and vibey atmosphere. Start your afternoon visit with the delectable cheese boards and other nibbles – the perfect accompaniment to your chosen Pinot.

Here, the cocktail list shines, each one a masterpiece in its own right. The French Martini, with its perfect blend of sweetness and sophistication, or the Whiskey Sour, a classic that never fails to please. The Passionfruit Caprioska, a tropical delight, is a popular choice, capturing the essence of summer in a glass.

As you peruse The Cork Bar’s extensive drinks menu, you’ll notice it extends far beyond cocktails, with an impressive selection of wines, beers, and spirits. From the crisp notes of Ish Prosecco from King Valley, to the robust Moorilla Muse Extra Brut from the Derwent River, the wine list is a journey through Australian and international vineyards.

For those who prefer the rich embrace of reds, options like Moorilla Praxis Pinot Noir from the Derwent River and the bold Capa Single Vineyard Tempranillo from Cuenca, Spain, offer a satisfying spectrum of flavours. Beer enthusiasts can explore a curated selection, from local favourites like Balter Captain Sensible to the crisp notes of White Rabbit Dark Ale.


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The staff at The Cork Bar are not just servers; they’re the architects of an experience. Super friendly with a knack for great service, they curate an atmosphere where patrons can revel in an extensive choice of cocktails and wines. It’s not a one-time affair; visitors find themselves vouching for a return, us included!

Adding to the allure, The Cork Bar hosts live acoustic music on the rooftop, transforming it into a sonic oasis. But that’s not all – Fish & Chips Fridays have just become a local sensation, drawing enthusiasts with promises of crispy goodness. And as the sun sets, frozen margaritas for $12, salad bowls, and king prawn buckets add a culinary crescendo to the evening.

For those looking to make The Cork Bar a second home, there’s the ‘Cork Community,’ where members enjoy exclusive invites to events like festive BBQs and fun nights.

Whether you’re in the mood for a crisp Pinot, an inventive cocktail, or a leisurely cheese board, The Cork Bar in Geelong is the perfect setting to unwind, revel in good company, and soak up the vibes of this hidden rooftop haven. To secure your spot amidst the chic tan and green aesthetics, drop them a line at [email protected] or ring them up at 0461510808.

Open Thursday to Friday from 4 pm and Saturday to Sunday from 2 pm, this little piece of Lil Pako magic is waiting to be explored.

Find it at 6/112 Pakington Street, Geelong West.