Sammy Junior The Espresso Bar Spin-Off Of Cocktail Bar Maybe Sammy Is Now Open

Expect $2 oysters, house blends, and aperitivo hour.

Sammy junior shopfront
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After months of waiting, Sammy Junior is finally here. Opening on the ground level of 66 King Street in the CBD, the espresso bar caters to the morning trade, offering a bespoke Sammy Junior Spiritual Coffee blend created by Spiritual Coffee founder and coffee connoisseur Martin Hudak. 

The house-blend of Brazilian, Columbian, and Ethiopian beans have been hand-selected and hand-roasted by Martin and sits alongside a seasonal bean selection. There are also small-batch specialty teas from Ms Cattea, chai from Bespoke Chai, and hot chocolate courtesy of Callebaut. Morning beverages can be enjoyed in-venue and on-the-run from the York Street-facing takeaway coffee nook. 

Grab breakfast on the go or dine-in with a short selection of classic breakfast bites from consultant, Chef Rob Lechowicz, including strawberry chia pudding, toasted banana bread with ricotta, honey, and cinnamon, and a daily pastry selection from Sonoma Bakery. 

Take a long work lunch and enjoy Rob’s menu of sandwiches and salads. The menu includes Chicken P.L.A.T, Asian Chop Bowl, and a Tomato & Basil Panini. 

There are also $2 Sydney Rock oysters available from 3 pm every Thursday and Friday plus aperitivo plates of olives, salumi and cheese from 3 pm daily for when you need to step away from the desk. 

What you really want to take advantage of, however, is the opportunity to have a mini tipple with your lunch. There are just six cocktails available at Sammy Junior and they are exclusively served as minis. At just 100mL and $13 each, they are a delightful accompaniment to your lunch or a cheeky compliment to your afternoon office pow-wow. 

Sammy Junior coffee cocktails on tap
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Four of the six cocktails are on tap—Coffee Negroni, Martini Australiano, Cascara Fizz and TI Punch Spritz— while the Espresso Martini is made as a frappé and the sixth, Irish Coffee, is made to serve. 

Also on tap is a bespoke Sammy Junior craft beer from Nomad Brewing, Morning Draught ($6), and a rotating selection of wines. The tap system is courtesy of ecoSPIRITS and plays an important role in minimising packaging plus it reduces the carbon footprint of spirits consumption by up to 80%. 

In keeping with the mini-theme, you will only find half bottles of wine at Sammy Junior. The predominantly European selection includes a handful of Champagne, white and red and bundles up nostalgic favourites with new-world fun. 

Sammy Junior will also have a retail offering including their house-blend of coffee beans, T-shirts, cocktail glasses, their recently launched Maybe Sammy bottled cocktail collection and Sammy Junior takeaway cups. 

The venue will be walk-in only, so what are you waiting for?

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All of the Sydney Food News You Need to Know

For all your Sydney food moments.

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There’s plenty to celebrate this year, from new menus to restaurants throwing parties, bottomless brunches, and more.

Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news, from chefs taking over restaurants to limited-edition menus and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.

  • To celebrate World Gin Day, and for one week only, gin and food lovers can try nagashi-sōmen—translating to ‘flowing noodles’— which sees noodles sent down a bamboo chute for diners to collect with chopsticks. The one-off experience will be hosted at Kid Kyoto, where guests can enjoy their flowing noodles alongside a menu paired with delicious KI NO BI Gin cocktails. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tuck into a Fireball Burger
  • Feeling the cold? Fireball Whisky and Bar Luca have teamed up for the ultimate firey menu. Offered for a limited time only, head down to Bar Luca for $6 Fireball shots all day, a Fireball shot and cocktail on arrival, and an all-you-can-eat bites of the full “Blame Fireball” menu on Saturday, July 1. Book a spot here
  • For two nights only, on Tuesday the 20th and Tuesday 27th of June, Graeme Hunt, Head Chef of Sydney’s trending late-night bar and dining venue at Zaffi, will be stepping up to the kitchen at award-winning bar PS40. Pop-up guests can expect a mosaic of colourful Lebanese-inspired bar snacks paired with exclusive midweek sips made by the mastermind behind the experimental bar, Michael Chiem.
  • Fan of Cinderella? The Great Hall is transforming into The Royal Palace for an enchanting high tea from July 1-2. There will be dancing and fun, and then Cinderella will run out of the venue leaving behind her glass slipper—the search for the missing beauty will begin. Tickets for the Cinderella High Tea costs $80-85 and you can purchase them here.
  • Grill’d has dropped two new burgers, and they’re beyond anything we could have imagined. Taking inspiration from Mexico, Grilld’s two new burgers are a Zesty Mexi and Luxe Nacho Burger. The Zesty Mexi features a black bean pattie with corn chips, tasty cheese, slaw, jalapenos, and chipotle mayo mixed with green tomatillo lime salsa. For meat lovers, the Luxe Nacho Burger is the same as the Zesty Mexi, but with a premium Wagyu pattie.

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