Opening a few of weeks ago on Smith Street, Summer Hill. The Temperance Society is a comfortable, low key, small bar ideally suited to this Inner-West suburb.
According to co-owner Alex Fenshaw, right from the onset, the Summer Hill community was behind the concept of The Temperance Society. With random offers of help to assist with the more menial, renovation related tasks such as pulling staples out of floors, scrubbing, and scraping 15 years of fat out of extraction fans.
The interior is warm, and inviting, with original, stained led light windows, antique styled lighting, polished timber floors, bentwood stools, and a clean white tiled bar. Upstairs, there’s an eclectic mix of comfy, big, Chesterfields, aged furniture, and shelves filled with books, all add to homeliness of the bar – all inviting you to settle in for a relaxed, afternoon/evening.
Berage-wise, theres a selection of local and imported wines, 4 x rotating taps of locally sourced craft beer from the likes of Young Henry’s, Rocks Brewing, Batch Brewing and Iron Bridge. If you fancy something a little sweeter, there’s a compact selection of cocktails (with locally themed names) such as the Lackey Street Lush (Zubrowska vodka, cloudy apple and lemon juice), or the Espresso Martini – which technically speaking could be a Mocha Martini (featuring Mr Black’s cold drip coffee liqueur, Koko Noir Chocolate liqueur, Grey Goose and Gomme Syrup).
If you’re feeling a little peckish, there’s bar snacks of antipasti platters, which include fresh, crusty bread, charcuterie, rabbit terrine, olives, preserves, and Hunter Valley cheese-and-pickles.
The Temperance Society
A: 122 Smith Street, Summer Hill
P: (02) 8068 5680
W: The Temperance Society Facebook
O: Mon-Thurs 16:00–23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-22:00