Today’s post is the first review where TPGB has tried to take their own photos! Big round of applause…!!! Some are better than others – But hey! It’s a learning curve and at least we are giving it a go. We have put down buying a proper camera on the list of things to do… amongst other things…
Love, Tilly Devine is a ‘sly wine bar’ (as the business card says) located in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Open now for about 14 months (where have I been?) this gorgeous wine bar is full of inner-city-repurposed-timber cool. Just see the pic of the bar below – you know what I mean now, don’t you…?
LTD is the old storeroom of Best Cellars on Crown St and owners Matt Swieboda and Tim Webber have made this cosy space one that you’ll want to come back to… and often…
Named for the 1920s brothel and mafia madam, Tilly Devine, the bar is anything but sleazy or slummy – except for the fact that the entrance is via a back alley. The floor downstairs is polished concrete, the walls are a dark teal and the whole atmosphere feels warm and cosy. It’s busy and there is a fair bit of body dodging as I maneuver my way upstairs.
Osca Posca is already there when I arrive and has nabbed us a table upstairs in the corner. We have the mile long (yep, over 300) wine list and a small bowl of olives to nibble on whilst we contemplate what to eat and drink. The staff are amazingly friendly – no North Bondi snobbery here – and incredibly knowledgeable. We are steered in the $60-70 per bottle price range at first and later gravitate to the bottom end of the scale. We settle on the Battle of Bosworth Preservative Free Shiraz (McLaren Vale 2010) at $45 per bottle. We also order the Palmers Island Mulloway Carpaccio with ocean trout roe, basil and mint citrus ($16) and the Burrawong duck’s liver pate with caramelised onions and agro dolce ($14 – seen here in pic above). Everything is delicious.
In the upstairs bar, the feeling is still warm and cosy – aided by the twinkling of tea-light candles. The tables fill up fast and the chatter of a mixed crowd imbues the space with a comfortable ambiance. The music is upbeat and chilled at the same time – chillbeat..? Brick columns are exposed, linking the site with it’s heritage and the wallpaper at the back – well – I guess it’s 80s pastel – but for some reason, it feels at home here too…
I ask about the feature lights – get this – they are recycled skylight domes brushed with a rusting paint!! Love, Love, LOVE!!! How incredibly creative is that!! And they look tops!
The chalkboard of wine makers is in the background.
And now of course, if you are a designer, one must always complete the ‘Loo Review’. So many bars or restaurants ignore this very important and much used area. Gladly, I can report back that LTD has NOT forgotten this area.
Located upstairs, upstairs, the main vanity wall is adorned with not one, but many vintage mirrors and a few leafy plants in the communal hand-washing area. The wall tiles are simple white vintage-esck and the floors timber. The cubicle doors are treated with cool lettering and blue floor tiles. All-in-all, a pleasant space to reflect – or to reapply one’s lippy (in which ever mirror you choose).
Love, Tilly Devine is open for drinks and snacks from Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm. To find LTD, walk into either Stanley Lane or Yurong Lane from Crown Street, and then turn into Crown Lane. There is no access from William St. Check out the address and opening times here and the map here.
You can check out the SMH review here.
Summary: Love, Tilly Devine is perfect for a catch up with friends in twos or a small group. The food and the wine are swoon-worthy; and the service is top notch. If you want somewhere to scope out your next date, don’t bother – this is not the place to pick up.
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And with that, I bid you a wonderful weekend and a cracker of a Christmas!!