Pop the champagne, Doni Bar opens on Pakington Street this week

Pop the champagne, Doni Bar opens on Pakington Street this week

Within the blink of an eye, this local coffee stop is set to turn into a bustling bar serving up some fine booze.

There are plenty of fine little eateries sprinkled within Geelong’s centre of cosmopolitan lifestyle and multiculturalism, AKA Pakington Street, but Sodi Café is the daddy of the lot. An all-day, every-day treat, the dog-friendly café has won many hearts, both people and pooches, since opening their doors back in September 2018. Named after the owner’s beloved chihuahua, Sodi caters to not only your tastebuds with their Ocean Grind caffeine but also your pooch’s, slinging the very best pupcakes and puppycinos.

Becoming Geelong’s go-to destination for dogs sipping lattes and some drool-worthy food, the legends gave us one more reason to love them last July with the announcement of ‘Doni Bar’, your new late-night destination.

Opening in that brief and very sweet period between lockdowns, Doni Bar saw Sodi transform into a relaxed spot for a weekend drink once the sun goes down, slinging a number of expertly-crafted cocktails, beers and wines. After a few successful weeks, Doni Bar, alongside many others, were forced to close their doors for the remainder of 2020.

Now 2021 is here and Doni Bar is back baby, set to reopen Friday, January 8. Can we get a “hell yeah?”

Opening the doors from 5pm for two hour seatings, you’ve now got one more option for your Friday and Saturday nights this year.

There are no surprises that an espresso martini is set to feature on the menu, but we’re also hoping to indulge in the likes of mojitos, Aperol Spritz, margaritas, sours, and cosmopolitan, alongside some pretty tasty local and imported beers and wines.

Doni Bar will also be running a happy hour from 5:30pm, where you’ll be able to score $10 cocktails and $20 cocktail jugs, which is something we can definitely get around this summer.

As for the food options, they’ll also be swapping their morning chilli eggs and Sodi benedicts for grazing boards, cheese boards and paninis in the evenings. Our eye is on the Donis Board, which gets you a selection of gourmet cheeses, sliced meats, citrus and herb marinate olives, house pickles, nuts, choice of dips with toasted garlic ciabatta and crackers… delish! There will also be a range of sides on offer, including three cheese arancini, creamy chicken croquettes, chorizo, bruschetta and hot fries.

Simply call 0415 659 002 to reserve your spot, and if you’ve missed out, it might be a good idea to book your spot for next week!

The venue is slated to continue to open on Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm to 10pm.

Sodi Café and Doni Bar are located at 149 Pakington Street, Geelong.