Asia Pacific bars to visit in 2019

14th November, 2018 by admin

Not to be missed: Maybe Mae – Adelaide, Australia

This subterranean bar in Adelaide is four years old, but 2019 promises to be the year when Maybe Mae comes of age. Since it opened, Maybe Mae has established itself as the essential cocktail bar for imbibers in Adelaide, a city long-­known for pouring some of the country’s best wines, but one that has only recently began to embrace the spiritous side of alcohol.

“We are starting to feel like we are finding our identity and groove in a booming national scene,” says co­-owner and creative force Ollie Margan. “We champion local producers and work within seasons to deliver produce­-driven drinks with context and integrity.” Margan is no stranger to Adelaide’s historic relationship with wine – it was the reason behind his move to Adelaide a few years back, when he went there to study winemaking.

In August, Maybe Mae underwent a quick renovation and has actually reduced the number of patrons it can serve. “2019 will be spent building on the foundation of 2018, where we changed our focus to improving our service style,” explains Margan.

The bar has moved to a complete table-­service model, so it can concentrate on the style of drinks and hospitality that the team enjoyed delivering mid-week, which wasn’t possible when patrons were 10 deep at the bar on Friday and Saturday nights. It also means they’ve pushed their drinks ambitions further.

Margan is just 26 and owns a number of other bars in Adelaide. 2019 could be the year in which this bar garners greater international acclaim.

Maybe Mae has been named our overall bar to watch in Asia Pacific.

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