Love, Tilly Devine
91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst NSW
91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst
When strolling Darlinghurst’s streets, it doesn’t take much to imagine the ruckus caused by notorious Kings Cross gangs and underbelly-style loiterers who called the area home turf just a few decades back. Always on top was the notorious crime boss, Tilly Devine, the 1920s queen of East Sydney’s back streets and all things shady.
In true Tilly fashion, a small, underground bar has popped up in her name, with a rough façade, unpolished finish and edgy ambience that would undoubtedly make their namesake proud. Love Tilly Devine is the vision of Chef, Tim Webber, previously of Sean’s Panorama, and former Quay Sommelier, Matt Swieboda, for a sophisticated spot to enjoy a top tier glass of wine in one of Sydney’s most historically rich centres. Unlike Miss Devine’s bootlegging days, the philosophy of Love Tilly Devine is that good wine should be enjoyed for its flavour, not just for its happy buzz.
Love Tilly Devine boasts an extensive wine list that your passport would be proud of. Showcasing over 300 wines, this exceptionally curated list is separated into sections based on flavour, body and colour – so you don’t have to be an expert wine connoisseur to navigate your way to a good drop. Poured by the glass and by the bottle, you’d be hard pressed to find a wine that isn’t on the menu. Or if the menu itself is just a little too much, hand yourself over to the passionate and hugely knowledgeable staff who’ll steer you in the direction of what is undoubtedly your next favourite. From a large selection of crisp Rieslings (a clear favourite on the list), sweet and fruity dessert wines, to light reds or more full-bodied Burgundies lifted from their impressive cellar, no glass will be left empty for too long.
Every good wine needs a good culinary pair, and Love Tilly Devine’s small but exceptional menu has you covered. Freshly shucked Sydney Rock oysters pair beautifully with the melon flavours of Vincent Caille Muscadet, whilst the rich Wagu bresaola is best enjoyed with a bottle of South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon from the Wendouree Estate. A selection of daily cheeses, olives and Brickfields bread are constantly on rotation among other menu staples made with wine in mind.
Since opening its doors in 2010, Tilly has proved herself to be as popular as ever, as all 40 seats of the underground digs are constantly occupied by budding wine buffs. With accolades like Gourmet Traveller’s Best Wine Bar List in Australia for 2016 and Australasia’s winner of the same title at the World of Fine Wine Magazine awards under its belt, Love Tilly Divine is showing no signs of slowing down. Get in there early to snag yourself a seat and drink your way across the globe with Tilly.