It’s no longer a surprise to see Sydney’s Maybe Sammy rank high in the annual World’s 50 Best Bars list. Last year the affable cocktail bar, which is located in The Rocks, came in at #22 on the authoritative rankings, making it the highest-placing Australian bar and solidifying its hold on the city’s increasingly experimental cocktail scene. The Maybe Sammy team’s swift dominance has led to several spin-off bars, including personal favourite Dean & Nancy’s, as well as various takeovers like this latest one at Sydney Seaplanes terminal, Empire Lounge.
Every Sunday from now until April 24th, the waterfront Rose Bay bar will turn into a dedicated Aperol Spritz hub helmed by the Maybe Sammy team. Alongside upscale food like unagi bites and lobster rolls with caviar from chef Faheem Noor. And seeing as Empire Lounge is the terminal for Sydney Seaplanes, guests will be able to take scenic flights on the day at a reduced rate of $180 per person.
Embarkation is a matter of just walking down a ramp and hopping on board the seaplane for a 15-minute round-about of Sydney’s best features, including Bondi Beach and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
If Sydney’s weather starts making up its mind, this could easily be the best Sunday sesh going. Casa Aperol by Maybe Sammy, of course, does up a pitch-perfect aperol spritz, but also offers an extensive menu of other signature cocktails, some created exclusively for the pop-up like the Water Plane with aperol, bourbon, averna, and lemon juice, and the East 8 Hold Up with aperol, vodka, passionfruit, pineapple juice, prosseco, and mint.
Each Sunday session will also feature a lucky draw with the prize being a complimentary flight for two with Sydney Seaplanes. It’s not everyday you get Australia’s top mixologists waiting for you either side of a quick-fire scenic flight over the harbour.
Casa Aperol will have its own flight desk for anyone who wants to book a Sydney Seaplanes flight on the day, but it’s probably a better idea to register ahead. The event is only two weeks deep and flights early in the day have already been filling up fast.
Casa Aperol will take place every Sunday at Empire Lounge in Lyne Park, Rose Bay from 1 PM – 9 PM.