The Temperance Society is a newly-opened wine bar in Summer Hill. It’s quickly become one of my favourite places to hang out – when I can get in that is! It is very popular with the locals and has received a lot of publicity in a short time, so Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights find it packed.
The wine list provides a tantalizing selection of wines and cocktails inspired by the local area, and I am eager to try more of them. So far I’ve had a lovely Italian prosecco, a crisp rosé, the spiced cider and a delicious cocktail called Little Myrtle, made with St Germain and home-made lemon myrtle liqueur.
They also have a good selection of craft beers and rum-laced hot chocolate, perfect for warming up on a cold Winters evening.
The bar snacks include free popcorn, a generous cheese platter for two (or one very greedy cheese-lover), bread and dips, rabbit and pistachio terrine and toasties.
There are a number of seating areas, but my favourite is the upstairs library, decorated with comfy leather sofas, wingback armchairs and a large library with an eclectic selection of books.
The service is also very friendly. Coming back downstairs the other night to order a second round of drinks, I was greated like a long-lost friend by the barman. This is one of many reasons I will keep coming back.