Without being pretentious about it, Love Tilly Devine want this to be a bar where people go to drink well rather than to just get drunk – a place to take a good friend, or a prospective lover.
It is also a place to come to enjoy wine.
They think wine should express the grapes from which it was made and the place where those grapes were grown. That means it should taste like fruit and herbs and flowers and minerals – not oak or alcohol. Even more important is that it must have balance.
The wine list currently sits at around 300 different wines from many of the world’s great regions – everywhere from the Yarra Valley to the Jura to Wachau. Perhaps that’s excessive for a 40-seat bar, but they don’t think so.
Lastly, the name. It’s a fairly direct reference to the former East Sydney heavyweight – brothel Madame and militia boss extraordinaire – Tilly Devine. Not that they necessarily advocate what she used to do. Instead, the name is more of a nod to the past and a salute to the neighbourhood that they call home.