Bars & Pubs

Here’s The Scoop On Maybe Sammy’s Newest Cocktail Bar, Dean And Nancy On 22

By Sammy Preston
1st May 2021

A cocktail from Dean and Nancy On 22.
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A cocktail from Dean and Nancy On 22.
A cauliflower dish from Dean and Nancy On 22.
Jane Strode and Andrea Gualdi pose at Dean and Nancy On 22.
A cocktail from Dean and Nancy On 22.
The
A cocktail from Dean and Nancy On 22.
A cauliflower dish from Dean and Nancy On 22.
Jane Strode and Andrea Gualdi pose at Dean and Nancy On 22.

Fresh from opening Sammy Junior, an all-day espresso and cocktail bar in the heart of the city, the cocktail geniuses behind Maybe Sammy have yet another cocktail concept for Sydney.

Due to open in May, Dean and Nancy on 22 will deliver a slick spin on the Maybe Sammy brand of award-winning cocktail drama from within the brand new A by Adina hotel. Yes, a fancy hotel lobby bar—which feels downright perfect for Maybe Sammy and their Rat Pack aesthetic and signature Sinatra-esque dinner jackets.

Striking a chord between elegant and stuffy (so hard to do), Dean and Nancy will be equal parts playful and polished, under the slogan “you’ve got to know the rules to break the rules”.

From the lobby of the new luxury apartment hotel on Hunter Street in the CBD, a gleaming brass staircase ascends to the 120-seater bar, which has been designed by George Livissianis (Sammy Junior, Chin Chin, The Apollo). Expect a black and gold palette, low leather banquettes, intimate lamplit tables for two, and a view of the twinkling city skyline.

If you’ve been hanging out for more Maybe Sammy magic of late, the sort that earned these guys that spot on the World’s 50 Best list, you’ll be happy to know Dean and Nancy is going there.

Maybe Sammy's creative director Andrea Gualdi has crafted 15 new signature concoctions, including some high roller cocktails made with super-premium spirits and non-alcoholic cocktails too. We can’t wait to try the Coffee Champagne cocktail, where—mysteriously—your hands become the garnish. The “Rolling A Double” comes with a pair of dice; roll a double and you’ll win a cocktail upgrade.

To eat, legendary Sydney chef Jane Strode has wielded her decades of experience in some of the country’s best restaurants to create a menu of bold, but simple snacks. Forget arancini, the “Fireball,” as its name might imply, is a real knockout bar snack—a ball of whipped cream cheese, nduja, marjoram, and lemon that’s wrapped in a nest of Kataifi pastry, baked until almost molten, and served on a dab of tomato jam with pickles.

Dean and Nancy is due to open mid-May, 2021. For more info, head over here

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Image credit: Steven Woodburn

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