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Maybe Sammy, A New 1950s Inspired Cocktail Bar Arrives to The Rocks

Drink / January 9, 2019

Maybe Sammy adds plenty of 1950s glitz and glamour to The Rocks.

The Rocks has been gifted a brand new watering hole, and it comes with a particularly talented team in the hospitality realm. Introducing Maybe Sammy, the first cocktail bar from the owners of Maybe Frank. With doors officially opening Wednesday 9th January, Maybe Sammy is the brainchild of Maybe Frank founders Stefano Catino and Vince Lombardo, as well as Maybe Frank’s Creative Director, Andrea Gualdi.

Situated in the heart of The Rocks on Harrington Street, the new 70 seater venue comes oozing in old Vegas character, pink velvet banquets, leather clad-seats and high stools adorning the space. A striking marble bar wrapped in a deep green curved cladding comes topped with gold lamps, taking centre stage and exuding plenty 1950s charm.

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As for the all important cocktail list, it’s Gualdi who has taken the lead on the menu, with support from a highly accomplished team including Martin Hudak and Balazs Molnar. Together they have created a selection of coffee cocktails including Sammy Shakerato (single shot Ethiopian Kochere Natural, Campari, Limoncello – $19), Espresso Martiki (Nitro espresso, Plantation pineapple rum, Mr Black, mango, banana – $19) and an Irish Coffee (Redbreast 12yo Irish whiskey, Costa Rica Azul Natural, honey, sugar, cream – $19).

Eight signature cocktails lead the main drinks list, all a modern interpretation of a classic cocktail delivered with a theatrical flair. There’s the showstopper Circus Circus, complete with magic trick (Bulleit Rye whiskey, Martini Ambrato vermouth, mint, poblano – $23), while Lady Luck is presented with a luxurious house-made scented hand cream to give you a sensory experience as you drink (Ketel One vodka, mango, passionfruit, lemon – $19).

For the big spenders, Maybe Sammy will also be serving up a range of High Roller cocktails. Starting from $70 a cocktail, they include the Champagne Cocktail made with Hennessy XO cognac, champagne, sugar, bitters and orange zest ($110) and Dean Martin’s signature cocktail, Flame of Love Martini with Grey Goose VX vodka, Fino Sherry and orange zest ($80)

Vintage champagnes will also make their mark on the wine list alongside an international assortment of wines. The beers are an all-Australian line-up and are available on tap and in bottle, and there’s also a healthy selection of spirits to choose from.

As for the bar food, it incorporates several small snacks such as olives, oysters, charcuterie and cheese boards, and has been designed by Maybe Frank chefs Alessandro Leveratto and Stefano Sepe.

Maybe Sammy is open Tuesday & Wednesday: 4pm – 12am, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 4pm – 2am, Sunday: 4pm – 12am, closed Monday. 

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