On any given night at Lulie, you'll usually find one or two dogs sitting quietly under the tables, or else doing laps of the bar getting affection from the crowd. That's the sort of laid-back vibe fostered by owners Jon Farrell and Brendan Kennedy, two former Curtin House staff members.
Apart from the long bar which splits the room lengthwise, and the odd hanging plant, the place is sparsely furnished. The padded bar stools are from Kardinia RSL, while the many bentwood chairs once belonged to a pizza shop in Frankston.
Lulie is proof a good bar is about much more than flash fittings. It’s always buzzing thanks to a pool table in the corner and the BYO records spinning behind the timber bar, which is littered with cracked peanut shells. (The nuts are free.)
If you’re after some quiet, retreat to the intimate side room, or the former money vault, which has 12 seats and its own tiny bar. These areas were welcome additions when the bar relocated from its original site, 150 metres away, in March 2018.
There’s a pretty unique selection of draught, canned and bottled beers, including heaps of longnecks and Guinness on tap. Otherwise there are five signature cocktails and a solid whisky selection. It’s affordable, but the quality doesn’t suffer like it might at a pub.