Best Places List via Sydney Indie-Pop band, Cogel

April 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Sydney five-piece, Cogel, released their debut self-titled EP in February 2011. With video clips for ‘Aquarium’, ‘The Bug’, and ‘Felusine’ being featured on Rage, the privilege of supporting Gotye in October 2011, and a new EP released in 2012; Cogel are a band with an enviable past and a promising future. Their music is available for purchase via music platform, Holding Pattern, and their list of favourite nationwide hangouts via Posse:

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State Theatre, Sydney - While we’ve never played there (maybe one day..), the interior aesthetic is stunning. While it’s steeped in a rich history of opera and classical music, there have been spine tingling contemporary performances staged there over the last 5-10 years that have blown our minds.

Baxter Inn, Sydney - There have been a whole spate of novelty and themed bars popping up over the last couple of years, but this one takes the cake. A jazz and blues bar, tucked away in the basement at the back of a CBD building, this is as close to a time machine as humanity has come.

Brother Baba Budan, Melbourne - This unassuming cafe has hands-down the best coffee in Melbourne, and potentially Australia. It’s only large enough to seat about 15 customers, but their trippy soundtracks take you to your own little world whilst enjoying coffee that is out-of-this-world.

The Vanguard, Sydney - The Vanguard plays host to everything from comedy and novelty burlesque shows, to jazz, folk and blues gigs. The atmosphere inside is small enough for an intimate gig, while large enough for an energetic buzz. We’ve only ever had great shows playing there ourselves.

Ferdydurke, Melbourne – This bar has the aesthetic of a small architectural studio, with ornate wood finishings, spotlights and raised benches. It’s a challenge to find it if not for a local’s direction, but the payoff is worth it, with a great selection of lounge beats accompanying their mix of cocktails, spirits and uncommon beers.

Revolver, Sydney – If you manage to get a table here, they do the meanest cooked breakfast in Sydney. It’s always a 15-30 minute wait to be seated, but they say good things come to those who wait..

Pocket Bar, Sydney – Great for a catch up with friends, trying to impress a girl on a date, or a tasty shareplate with drinks. It’s dim, comfy, and filled with ambience.


Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – The best medium-sized venue in Sydney, without question. They host great international names and promote local talent too. Their sound can be impeccable at times, and if you’re partial to dancing, they have club nights that go late into the night.