ADELAIDE | If you’re looking for a cocktail in Adelaide, you’d be well advised to check out hidden bar, Maybe Mae.
The bar, which is co-owned by cocktail maestro Ollie Margan, is named after actress, singer, and sex symbol Mae West, and the reflects the glamour and style that’s associated with her. The cocktail menu is broken down into key South Australian landscapes and the respective drinks are inspired by the sights, sounds and stories of these areas. These are cocktails with a true sense of place.
I enjoyed three cocktails when I visited. To start, the Southern Coastline inspired “Jazzy Spritz”. It’s a mixture of passionfruit, coconut, jasmine, mace, curry leaf, and vodka which is batched, kegged, served on draught. Next up, also inspired by the Southern Coastline, the “Pandan Papi”. This one combines melon, ginger, pandan, tequila, and Riesling. It’s a shaken cocktail, served frosty on a rock.
Finally, my favourite of the night, the Valley inspired “Bootleg Cola”. This joy is a combination of beetroot, tarragon, Starward Wine Cask Whisky, and Never Never Distilling Co amaro. It’s blended, batched and spritzed to order.
Truly brilliant cocktails from a place you’ve got to visit if you’re in Adelaide and a fan of unique, considered drinks.
Basement, 15 Peel Street
South Australia 5000
Mon – Sat: 5:00pm to 2:00am
Sun: 5:00pm to 12:00am