Lulie Street Tavern
On any given night at Lulie Street Tavern, 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 laidback vibe fostered by owners Jon Farrell and Brendan Kennedy, two long-time Curtin House staff members.
The whole site – a shoe shop, the shop next door and the rear warehouse the bar is in – was earmarked for demolition in 2017.
Thus, 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. It's a long-term pop-up of sorts, but the landlord keeps pushing back the date for demolition. We hope it never happens.
Lulie is proof a good bar is about much more than flash fittings. It’s always buzzing, thanks to a dartboard in the corner and the BYO records spinning away behind the timber bar, which is littered with small mountains of cracked peanut shells. (The nuts are free.) Pizza from Rita’s Cafeteria across the road can be ordered and paid for at the till. Likewise for food from sister business Kelso's Sandwich Shoppe.
There’s a pretty unique selection of draught, canned and bottled beers, including $12 longnecks. 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.