Diageo Reserve World Class winner Luke Ashton and Charlie Ainsbury’s This Must be the Place (TMBTP) is now open at 239 Oxford Street. Both Luke and Ashton are concurrent winners to Australia’s Bartender of the Year (netting $100k each) and their bar is a spritz bar with a selection of easy drinking spritz and a casual almost Scandinavian feel with the abundant pine on display. Their main bar utilises recycled timber and a bee/hivey hexagonal grid on the back wall. Signature drinks here are spritzs but standard drinks like wines and beers are also available. Venue sits 60 and has a casual relaxed feel. There’s not much on the street side aside from their Simple black and white sign.
The bar is a cleanish (white walls) minimal space with white walls, artwork on the one side, twisty lamps on the other – there are plans for artwork to be painted on by Artists as the venue develops over time. The loungey long padded wraparound back wall divides the space up from the front/street side seating. We ran into a good selection of Hospo/Bar People tonight and some mates so it does seem like TMBTP holds true to its name. There’s also an upstairs but that’s not quite ready.
The menu @ TMBTP. Drinks are an affordable $14 for the most parts. The new Power sits @ $17. Their instagram is @_thismustbetheplace_
An Emerald City (with fingerlime that swim in it like a lavalamp) and a Belafonte Spritz.
Sriracha almond/Bar snacks
TMBTP features a “Tanqueray 10 Crawley Imperial Shaker” – a six foot tall limited machine that makes cocktails. With a lineage of award winning cocktails under their belt. TMBTP is a Sydney barhop essential with glittering promises like that Emerald City.
This Must be the Place
239 Oxford St Darlinghurst, NSW 2010