Sip sundowners at Sanctuary Cove’s dreamy new cocktail and wine bar Destino
After weeks of excited whispers, Sanctuary Cove’s The Marine Village has welcomed Destino – a dreamy new cocktail and wine bar that doubles as a homewares haven. If rustic beach-chic styling and crafted cocktails float your boat, you’re going to swoon over this pretty northern newcomer.
Destino has been attracting curious eyeballs by for weeks now, with its crisp white facade, cacti gardens and eye-catching stick roof all commanding attention of passers by. Well, friends, wonder no more because the eagerly anticipated multi-purpose venue officially opened its doors on Saturday March 6 to a full house on its first night of trade. Destino is the handiwork of Craig and Lisa Chilvers, who are well versed on beach bars having spent a fair chunk of time eating and drinking their way around Mykonos, Santorini and Ibiza (sounds like a dream, right?). Upon returning to Australia, the pair set to work on creating a space that combines a little taste of the Greek and Spanish islands with Lisa’s love of homewares and excellent coffee. The result is Destino – homewares and coffee by day and a sophisticated wine and cocktail bar by night. The entire venue has been fit out by Uniqwa to feature a seriously stunning aesthetic of white breeze blocks and raw timber, whilst a prickly cacti garden that runs the length of the venue provides a pop of greenery. Interestingly, all of the fixtures and furnishings displayed are available to order inside – so go ahead and start mood boarding your dream abode over a cocktail (or two).Destino is more than just a pretty face. The venue slings a delightful selection of cocktails including its signature, Mykonos Mule, which contains vodka, lemon juice, fresh lime, lemongrass syrup, lemonade and ginger beer, in a copper mug. There is an entire section of the drinks list dedicated to margaritas (our kind of vibe), espresso martinis and spritzes. As for the wine list, Destino specialises in drops from far-flung places including Italy, France and Spain as well as some local favourites from Australia and New Zealand. With no kitchen to speak of, the venue is envisaged more as a launch pad for a pre- or post-dinner sip, however there are some small charcuterie selections alongside bread and dips to munch if you’re famished. Inside, Destino is a retail store with a coffee nook that churns out Campos brews alongside invigorating teas from Byron Bay Tea Company. Here you’ll find everything from travel books (because COVID can’t stop us from dreaming) through to candles and fragrances from Lumira, handcrafted soaps, jewellery from Denmark’s Annie Lu and apparel from Natalie Martin, which you may recognise if you spent any time in Barneys New York. The space is personally curated by Lisa but be warned, it’s especially impossible to resist after a couple of vinos. You may just walk out with an entirely new aesthetic for your home.
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