The first-floor space above One Penny Red is a smart neighbourhood bar. Vernon's Bar offers barrel-aged Negronis, an imaginative wine list, and bar food from the One Penny Red kitchen.
The gorgeous sandstone balcony looks out over Summer Hill's leafy streets. Inside, a former office is now a private room, decorated with a floor-to-ceiling wine rack and a display of rare stamps. The main gathering area features dark-green walls, leather banquettes and dangling lights. The old mail hoist remains from the days when the space was the sorting room of the post office.
To drink, there's beer from Batch, Modus Operandi and 4 Pines. The wine list represents the top 50 bottles from One Penny Red's cellar, with eight reds and eight whites available by the glass. There are five G&T options, plus barrel-aged Negronis. Other cocktails include the Basil Gimlet (vodka, basil and elderflower) and the Shiso Sour (Japanese whisky, shiso leaf and absinthe).
Chef RJ Lines's food menu offers quick and casual takes on what's served downstairs. There's a falafel board, a smoked-beef-briskit bagel, and salt-cod fritters. Chef Lines's fried-chicken wing dings – which started out as a favourite One Penny Red staff meal – are also available.