Tilley's is the hidden face of Canberra that every non-Canberran should experience. She is dimly lit, with plenty of secluded booths, perfect for a romantic liaison or writing the first chapter of your novel. The famously female-only staff march around moodily to a soundtrack of classic jazz in crisp white shirts and askew ties delivering mountainous plates of food and schooners of local beer.
Never afraid of courting controversy, she originally banned men unless they were in the company of a woman and although that rule no longer applies, she still wears her colours with pride.
She is wood-panneled and mirrored to her eyeballs and wears her dusty velvet curtains as a badge of honour. With a grand piano front and centre on the stage, Tilley's is the grand dame of the local live music scene, although her reputation as a serious venue has meant her performers come from all over the world.
Don't leave Canberra without experiencing Tilley's, preferably with a band playing the venue. She is the perfect antidote to the Canberra nay-sayers. Forget conservative and boring, Tilley's is the heart of real Canberra.
Tilley's Corner of Wattle and Brigalow Streets, Lyneham Shops, ACT, ph: o2 6247 7753