Tilley's is a well known icon to Canberran's, and it has everything. It is a relaxing place for a drink, with outdoor or indoor seating for dining or socialising. The décor is old-style, with wooden booths inside and background jazz music playing, creating a nostalgic mood of yesteryear.
Tilley's is locally owned and operated since 1984, and has an interesting history. Initially, Tilley's caused quite a stir, with the banning of men from drinking inside unless accompanied by a woman, for the purposes of creating a safe environment for woman to socialise. This policy was maintained for two years despite the uproar it caused, mainly by men. In addition, it was the first licensed outdoor venue in Australia, and the first bar to ban indoor smoking. Today, it is hard to imagine Canberra not having any alfresco-style dining, or smoking being permitted indoors.
Tilley's Devine Cafe features a Broadway-style stage inside, which has hosted many live performances from Australian and international artists.