The Toff in Town is Curtin House’s dark, glamorous second-floor bar and a CBD mainstay. Opened by Camillo Ippoliti (of Revolver and Cookie fame) the space features a multipurpose band room and dark and inviting main bar, divided by the reception and coat check.
The Toff has been integral to the reinvigorated live-music scene in the CBD, hosting local and international acts from the well known to the obscure in a comfortable, stylish and approachable setting.
The main bar is dominated by a number of train carriage-like booths that allow for something of a private gathering amidst the din of this bustling bar. If you do manage to snag one of these coveted spots, ring for service and order some food from the aptly named Choo Choo's and sample a selection of Thai-inspired warm and cold share plates, curries, toasties and light desserts. A spacious outdoor area at the rear, and the communal front balcony facing onto Swanston Street, provide sweet relief for those who still smoke, but they do crowd up quickly in the warm weather.
Although some of the prices of the wines and cocktails on offer can reach dizzying heights, a strong selection is still available at reasonable cost. The Toff attracts a diverse a crowd and you’re as likely to spot hipsters catching a gig in the band room as you are young professionals enjoying a fine vintage.