Frank Mac’s is located at 83 George Street in The Rocks; a neighbourhood owner Ciara Doran knows intimately well, having opened whisky bar The Doss House on the same street in March 2018. Ciara’s passion for repurposing heritage-listed, character-driven venues steeped in history follows her to Frank Mac’s.
The bar is a nod to Ciara’s great uncle Frank Mac, a colourful character full of stories and cheek, always to be found at the centre of his local village bar.
The original 1840s sandstone walls of the building Frank Mac’s now occupies a 120-person capacity bar which flows from outdoor seating on George Street, across two levels and into a back courtyard. Whereas the downstairs space feels cosy and intimate, dotted with vintage leather banquettes, dark jade and light orange velvet armchairs, low tables and a fireplace, the ground level you’ll walk into off George Street will reflect the energy of the bartenders working behind the almost five-metre-long oak bar. A handful of bar stools provide the perfect vantage point to take in the cocktail mixology while the dark velvet curtains, worn leather banquette seats and cosy fireplace of the ‘Snug’ provides groups of up to eight with a private space to retreat and relax.