The Temperance Hotel is a pub dressed up in stiletto heels, fake tan and disco bling.
In the heart of Chapel Street South Yarra, it’s frequented by sleekly groomed youngsters who all kind of look the same to me, and hence I’ve never given it a second glance. However if you can look past the perfect blonde tresses and Industrie t-shirts you’ll find a multi-room interior which is best described as Victorian pub-meets-mirrorball, a friendly British-manned bar and a reasonably priced menu of wood-fired pizzas and pub classics.
On the day Poppy (from the blog Poppy Gets a Life) and I went for a casual blog-fuelled dinner, they were offering pizza and a glass of house wine for $12. The pizzas were surprisingly good, with the thin crisp bases still managing to support a generous amount of topping.
We shared a mushroom, olive, goats cheese and pumpkin pizza ($16) and a Moroccan beef, buffalo mozzarella and basil pizza ($17), both of which came out oozing cheese on individual wooden paddles.
If you’re looking for a casual place to hang out in South Yarra (even if you don’t fit the South Yarra mould), catch up with friends for a drink and munch on some good-value non-confrontational pub grub, then the Temperance Hotel is worth a try.