4th May - Cocktails & Crime Stories - Daiquiries and Robberies


Max Burns-McRuvie will present a collection of notorious murder and crime stories infused with the history of the boozy legends. Join us as Max dives into unsolved murder mysteries, strange deaths & disappearances in cosmopolitan Sydney

In 1947 a Sydney newspaper article recorded: 

“The bandit then ran from the diamond shop and jumped into the back of a taxi with £8500 worth of jewellery ($700K AUD today). He jammed a gun into the driver’s back and forced him to drive up George Street and Martin Place into Macquarie Street. At Queen’s Square the thief got out, pushed two £5 notes under the driver’s arm and said “You’re a good driver. Forget you ever saw me.” He then walked off toward St. James railway station and into David Jones’ store.”

Somethings have changed in Sydney, and somethings have been around since the beginning. Perhaps a colony spawned off the back of thieves and burglars may have something to do with our continued fascination in a good old-fashioned heist or robbery story, or maybe we’re just hot-blooded for hold-ups by nature.

In the 4th Episode of SILY’s Cocktails and Crime Stories, Sydney historian and storyteller Max Burns-McRuvie will take you on a wild ride through the city’s infamous history of bank robberies, jewel thieves, con-jobs and cat-burglaries as we smash and grab our way through the sticky-pockets of Sydney’s sinister past.

With a signature SILY Daquiri included on entry — and bearing in mind this cocktail was supposedly invented by a rich 19th century American mining tycoon based in Cuba — this episode is all about the art seizing wealth by whatever means necessary and exposing the art-full set of dodgers and sneak-thieves that have stolen a place in Sydney’s history for life.

Tickets are $30 which includes one SILY Daquiri cocktail on arrival.

Date: Wed, 4th May

Time: Doors open 6pm, event starts 6.30pm

Location: 338 Kent St, Sydney (SILY Courtyard)

Supported by City of Sydney