Meet the inhabitants: Curtin House

Curtin House and its vibrant bars are hardly a Melbourne secret, with Cookie, The Toff in Town and the iconic Rooftop Bar & Cinema go-to destinations for punters and foodies alike.

Named after the esteemed Labor Prime Minister, Curtin House’s history is as about as colourful as its present incarnation. It began life in 1922 as the Tattersall’s Building, which was home to a gentleman’s club (think Chesterfield lounges, wood panelling, cigars and share market discussions) before becoming home to the Communist Party in the 1930s.

By the ‘80s, the building had become an eclectic mix of Warhol-esque boho chic and men in overcoats attending the x-rated Barrel Cinema, until the present owners came on board in 2000 to revitalise the building and realise their vision for an iconic Melbourne entertainment space.

Come with us and meet some of Curtin House’s inhabitants: Someday, Pet Shop Girls, Metropolis and Mesa Verde.


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