It took three years for Sebastian Butler-White to find a new site for Pourboy Espresso. Long celebrated in the city for its quality coffee and fresh, simple menu, the cafe nevertheless always felt a little off the beaten track on Wharf Street – deep in the city’s business district.
The 178-square-metre space, designed by TD Creative, is in the Southpoint development. It fills with natural light during the day, and oversized circular lights take over at night to cast a gentle orange glow. Bench seating lines the walls with wooden, blue velvet-covered chairs filling the central space.
A sleek, minimalist fit-out is reflected in the menu, which focuses on quality done with a touch of flair. Chia and coconut Bircher; corn and jalapeno waffles, and beetroot-cured salmon with Kipfler potatoes all appear on the breakfast menu. At lunch, it’s about the sandwiches and salads Pourboy is best known for. Evenings stretch on with a mix of share plates and charcuterie boards.
On tap there’s Asahi, Four Pines, Mountain Goat and nitro cold-brew coffee – used in the house Espresso Martini or served straight up in the morning hours. Spirits have been sourced as local as possible: West Winds Gin from Margaret River; Brookie’s Gin from Byron Bay; Tasmania’s 666 vodka and Hellyers Road whisky; and Cargo Cult spiced rum from Papua New Guinea.
On weekends, between 10am and 2pm, Pourboy runs boozy brunches, which include bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Book using the button on this page.