Cheap meals, a solid drinks list, pool tables and relaxed vibe ensure John Curtain Hotel remains popular with students, locals and visitors.
Located at the city end of Lygon Street in Carlton, the John Curtin Hotel also houses the recently refurbished Curtin Bandroom and has already seen a wide and talented variety of bands grace its stage.
For more about what's on at the Curtain Bandroom, check out the MySpace page.
I've noted that some people have absolutely praised this place, but I have to admit that I really can't join in the phrase. Maybe because it has changed a bit when I first came here, namely because they cut half of the pub and turned it into the Blue Bonnett cafe. It's a pretty grungy pub, and I have to admit that I like grunge, and being near two universities it does tend to attract that crowd. However the last time I came here I really didn't like it, particular with some of noise that was going on. Sure, the staff were pretty friendly, and the I like the grunginess of the place, however there was this really bad vibe when I came here (and I suspect that it may have something to do with the particular time that I was there, but I doubt I'm going back to see if it is any better at other times). Still, now that I think about it I probably should cut it some slack, and give it a three.