I hear you, but I don’t think it looks good any closer. It especially looks terrible butted up against it, but any distance less than or equal to the width of the bar looks bad to me (granted, I’m not a designer and you are). I’ve added an icon to the right end of the bar, but that’s about as far as I’m willing to go to make it look more noticeable, because I really don’t want it to stand out all that much. As I’ve said, I repeat those links at the bottom of the sidebar anyway.