An award-winning an immensely opulent 50s-inspired cocktail bar.
February 16, 2019
Maybe Sally is not only on our list of the best bars in Sydney — it's on just about everyone else's too, including anyone who gives out bar awards.
It was named in the top 50 bars in the world in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 — and named the Best Bar in Australasia at The World's 50 Best Bars in all four years. Back in 2019, it was also named the Best International New Cocktail Bar at the 2019 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in New Orleans. It was even named the Best International Bar Team at the Tales of the Cocktail 2022 Spirited Awards. The accolades come hard and fast.
And it's clear to see why. The team, led by Creative Director Martin Hudak, has created one of the most spectacular cocktail menus — ranging from mini cocktails ($13, or $7 between 4.30–5.30pm) to the martini trolleys ($38) and extra opulent Premium Pours made from some of the finest spirits in the world ($90–330).
Its coffee cocktails are also that extra bit special. There's a total of five different versions, including the classic Espresso Martini ($24) made with vodka, Mr Black coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso and the Irish Coffee ($24) made from Irish whiskey, Honduras Montecillos coffee, muscovado, honey, almonds and cream — this last one being the perfect dessert cocktail. Head to Maybe Sammy for one of these bad boys after dining elsewhere in The Rocks.
And if you want to try Maybe Sammy but don't live in Sydney, it also sends a series of bottled cocktails all over Australia. Go for the Jasmine Negroni, Eucalyptus Gimlet or Chamomile Martini (all $18 for 100ml or $69 for 500ml). They also make a great present for your cocktail-loving pals.
A team with this many awards isn't going to let you go hungry either. The food menu comes equipped with the expected range of bar snacks done to the highest standard, including Sydney rock oysters ($4 or $2 on Saturdays), truffled cheese toasties ($18), tinned fish ($19–21) and mortadella focaccia ($18).
The Maybe Sammy experience is complete with a fit-out that emulates a high-end hotel bar. Designed by Sydney's LD Studio, the space is opulent, with pink velvet banquettes, gold lamps, brass fittings, marble tiles and lots of indoor plants.
You can pop into Maybe Sammy for happy hour and taste your way through the mini cocktails or go full on treat 'yoself by ordering the extra spenny tipples — the likes of which you will not find anywhere else in Australia. Either way, you'll see why the team have won so many local and international bar awards. Drink up.
'Maybe Sammy' is one of our favourite spots for a drink. So much so that it features in our list of the 20 best bars Sydney has to offer. Browse the full list for all of the city's top watering holes.
Images: DS Oficina
Updated Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
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