Is the bar ironically named for the historic American society of teetotallers? Or for the virtue of moderation, in a sophisticated wine bar sort of way? Whatever it is, this bar seems to know its audience, as it’s perennially popular with Summer Hill locals vying for the comfiest Chesterfield or the sought after wicker chairs in the library nook. (If you’re drinking alone there’s Agatha Christie, back issues of National Geographic, and a copy of divisive '70s novel The Dice Man to keep you company.) It’s a pleasing spot for a tipple and a snack, be it a bowl of Sicilian olives, a hunk of cheddar with pickled onions, cornichons and bread, or a rabbit terrine served with wedges of pale green pickled tomatoes. The drinks list is concise but well executed, with around a dozen wines, four rotating craft beers on tap, and cocktails – including an excellent Whisky Sour.
From Ashfield to Annandale, from Summer Hill to Stanmore, the suburbs of Sydney's Inner West are filled with character. There are independent shops, superlative restaurants and buzzing bars, as well as a relaxed atmosphere that belies the fact that this area is one of Sydney’s top culture and entertainment hubs. You’re likely already familiar with the big, hyped venues, but stick your head into some of the smaller spots and you’ll find out exactly what gives the locals their immense neighbourhood pride. In partnership with Inner West Council, we offer a list of 20 hidden gems to discover in the Inner West.