115 Harrington St, The Rocks
Sydney, New South Wales
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Compiled by Sam Bygrave

Maybe SammyHotel bar luxury, no hotel.


That’s the pitch: Maybe Sammy is a hotel bar without the hotel. It’s an accurate description. Two of their jacketed bartenders are superstars in the bar world: Andrea Gualdi and Martin Hudak have venerable institutions like The Savoy and Artesian — mainstays of the World’s 50 Best Bars — on the resumes. On any given evening you’ll see them flipping tins, pouring with precision, performing the little cuts and precise movements of the European bartending tradition.
Although every little detail is thought of — and they do details well here — the place isn’t stuffy. It’s fun. It’s a theatre. So yes, you can spend up big if you so desire — if you do, the vintage cocktails section of their list has a Negroni made only with ingredients from the 1960s and 1970s; perhaps you’d like to drop $150 on an Old Fashioned made with Old Rip Van Winkle 12 Year.  But you can also pick up one of the best Martinis you’ll have at the same price for a poor Martini in a bar half as good.
It’s not about the spend at Maybe Sammy. It’s one of the world’s best bars — it landed at number 43 in 2019 on the World’s 50 Best Bars, the only Australian bar to do so that year — but it’s about the service. The team want you to have a good time. They want you to take your time,  and leave better than when you walked in. And that’s priceless.

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