Bars | This Must Be The Place

This Must Be The Place! Yes! This is the place where two of Australia’s most talented bartenders have opened their own venue where they can explore all the ideas, flavours and expressions that make wandering into your local boozer such an amazing adventure.

Luke Ashton and Charlie Ainsbury recently opened the doors to their highly anticipated bar - This Must Be The Place, on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

The pair are no slouches when it comes to the Sydney bar scene, with Luke winning the Diagio Bartender of The Year (which saw him score a sleazy $100k) and Charlie taking out 2014 World Class Australia Bartender of the Year award. Safe to say, customers are in good hands.

This Must Be The Place offers a twist on the traditional Spritz style of bar, bringing a simple, comfy and homely feel to the joint. As something you aunty might have enjoyed on a hot day, the simple combination of sparkling wine and bitter liqueur has undertaken a stunning evolution in the hands of these modern masters.

That’s not all, though. Using seasonal produce, spirits and specialty wines, the bar offers plenty of thirst quenching options, all while challenging perceptions of the norm in an unpretentious way. A good range of beer, wine and bar snacks are all at hand too.

An amazing reclaimed timber bar sits as a feature in the venue, along with a floor-to-ceiling wall, which is a blank canvas to-be decorated every few months by established and up and coming artists. We’re intrigued to see if likes of John Kaye or, Sam Shennan grace the interior in the near future.

A feature of the bar is a ‘Tanqueray No.TEN Crawley’s Imperial Shaker’…no idea what that means, but in its simplest form, it’s a six foot tall cocktail-making machine that steam-punks its way to serving you that sweet, sweet gin. It needs to be seen to be believed.

Well done on the new venue lads, we’ll be in real soon for a cocktail…or two.

This Must Be The Place
239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
02 9331 8063

Images via Daniel Boud