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The Toff in Town

The Toff’s main bar, or ‘carriage room’, is fitted out with a unique train carriage running down its centre – made up of booths which can be reserved for dining. Each booth can be made as private as desired by closing doors, pulling down blinds and using the discreet buzzer for service-evoking the intimacy and elegance of early 20th century train travel.

The restaurant, created by chef Karen Batson, boasts a Thai menu designed to be shared in an intimate Toff booth. There is a sophisticated beverage list to match, with local and imported beers, wines and spirits. Cocktails are available for those who wish to add an extra splash of decadence to their evening.

The mood is set by local DJs playing lush, dark and sexy sounds into the wee hours of the morning – with the bar and kitchen open until 3am weekdays, and 5am on weekends.

The Toff’s stage room hosts the full spectrum of Australian performing arts, including music (from pop to country to ensembles), dance, comedy and theatre, as well as touring international acts. Described as ‘a naughty room with an intimate cabaret feel’, the space has a capacity ranging from 150 (fully seated) to 300 (standing only). Featuring live music most nights of the week, the room transforms into a nightclub later into the night.


Level 2, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Phone: 03 9639 8770

Getting here

The nearest railway station is Melbourne Central. Buses run along Lonsdale Street, and all Swanston Street trams pass the front of the venue.

Take the stairs or elevator to level two, Curtin House, on Swanston Street – between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Streets.

Parking is available at several nearby commercial car parks.

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