Lulie (formerly ‘Lulie Street Tavern’) is one of those venues that inspires fierce local loyalty. Anyone living within 2km of this place probably swings by at least once a week. And they’ll be happy to know that the new Lulie isn’t too far away from the old site. In fact it’s just across the road.
Owners Jon Farrell and Brendan Kennedy spent six back-breaking days moving all the old fittings across the street, carting kegs and hauling the old Kardinia RSL furniture. And the end result is (basically) the old Lulie. In a fresh setting. You’ve still got that laid-back atmosphere: the pool table, the Iggy Pop posters, the wine barrels, neon Budweiser signs and old Marlboro clock. But the new space comes with a few surprises too...
The first is an old bank vault out the back, which Jon and Brendan have converted into a disco-ball cocktail bunker. 12 seats and zero frills. They’re holding a ‘lock-in’ series of guest bars in here over the next few months—Mesa Verde, The Rum Diary, The Elysian and Jungle Boy. Check their socials for all the deets.
The tap menu is pretty solid (a good mix of Coopers, Thunder Rd, Brooklyn and Sample). There’s even Guinness on there for that yeasty retro touch. You can also pick up craft beers by the tin and Melbourne Bitter longnecks, if that’s your thing. Wine drinkers will find a tight little cellar—the Pencarrow Pinot Noir is probably our favourite drop on the list.
The pizzas used to come from Rita’s across the road (they still do—but now it’s right nextdoor). In fact the guys knocked a window through the wall to minimize delivery time even further. You can also grab some truly banging burgers (courtesy of Kelso’s, Lulie’s sister venue). You can’t go wrong with the Captain Beefheart and a side of chips.
Jon and Brendan aren’t idiots. When you create something locals love with the fury of a thousand suns, the last thing you want to do is change it. This is Lulie 2.0. Same same, but different.
Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis