Yeah, there are pockets on each side of the ruck sack. They aren't huge, though. For reference, I carry around this 17 oz Zojirushi mug and it's a perfectly snug fit.
I think you just sold me on this bag. I've been looking for a great looking bag with bottle pockets cause I take a mug & water bottle with me to all my classes. My mug is roughly the same size as the one you have so I think the pockets will be good enough for me. Thanks for the help!
Yeah, leather isn't my style in the brief either. Don't listen to all this 'business looking' nonsense. A good briefcase just looks more 'professional' in my opinion. Just don't get the super slim one that is only good for a notepad and some pens.
Here is my Porter. Perfect amount of room for a laptop, a couple books and whatever else I need.