Love Tilly Devine
May 11, 2018
Back in the late 1930s, these parts of Sydney were a dangerous place drug-dealing gangs armed with razors prowled streets, and underworld madams like Tilly Devine ran private ‘massage parlours’ to cater to their every whim. While much safer these days, Darlo is still a pretty oddball neighbourhood, and in a nod to its colourful history, sommelier Matt Swieboda and chef Tim Webber thought it only fitting to name their new bar after one of its most notorious residents. A true neighbourhood bar, Tilly’s, a former cellar, is a tiny little venue. And while it can get frustratingly crowded, (note: come early) the wine list is sure to placate you. Evidently put together with care, the menu features drops from the Barossa to Buxißres-Sur-Arce which will surprise and delight even the most cultured oenophiles. There are select beers and ciders on offer, too, but it’s almost rude not to try at least one glass of vino here. For novelty’s sake, opt for the ‘voice of the people’ a red blend served in an old-school milk bottle. What fun! There’s a fabulous seasonal food menu too go on, try the salami. Tilly who was eventually done for tax evasion didn’t actually live on Crown Lane, but her abusive husband Jim did slash someone to death across the road at The Strand and many of Tilly’s girls worked the laneway, then known as Sharkfin Lane. So you can’t help but feel you’re dinking a little bit of history when you stop by LTD.