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A rich multi-layered venue, The Toff boasts a premier boutique performance space and a dedicated club/bar area with late night dining. Located on the second floor of historic Curtin House (just a floor above sister venue Cookie), The Toff has been designed to celebrate the natural beauty of the amazing building in which it is situated.
The Toff’s main bar or ‘carriage room’ is fitted out with a unique train carriage running down the 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 ( http://choochoos.com.au ), 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 opened until 3am weekdays and 5am on the 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 featuring local DJs weekly plus international guests on a regular basis.
Acts that have graced the Toff stage include:
ALABAMA 3 (UK), ANDREW W.K. (USA), ANDY WEATHERALL (UK), ANGIE HART, ANIKA MOA, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI, ART VS SCIENCE, AUGIE MARCH, BAG RAIDERS, BASIA BULAT (UK), BEACH HOUSE (USA), BELLES WILL RING, BERTIE BLACKMAN, BIG SCARY, BILL CALLAHAN (USA), BOB EVANS, C.W. STONEKING, CAT EMPIRE, CHICO MANN, COLIN MELOY (THE DECEMBERISTS), CUT COPY, DAMO SUZUKI, DAN KELLY, DAN SULTAN, DARREN HANLON, DAVID BRIDIE, DIE! DIE! DIE! (NZ), ED KUEPPER, EL PERRO DEL MAR , ELIZA DOOLITTLE (UK), FINAL FANTASY / OWEN PALLET (CANADA), FIRST AID KIT (SWEDEN), GARETH LIDDIARD, GLASS CANDY (USA), HIGH PLACES (USA), HOLLY MIRANDA (USA), HOLLY THROSBY, HOLY GHOST (USA), HORSE MEAT DISCO (UK), INLAND KNIGHTS (UK), J.D. SAMSON, JAMES REYNE, JANE BADLER, JAY BRANNAN (USA), JENS LEKMAN (SWEDEN), JUANA MOLINA (ARGENTINA), JUSTIN TOWNES EARL, KATALYST, KATIE NOONAN, LENKA, LISA MITCHELL, LUKE STEELE, MARK SEYMOUR, MARTHA WAINWRIGHT (USA), MICHAEL GIRA (USA), MY DISCO, MY FRIEND THE CHOCOLATE CAKE, NEIL HAMBURGER, NEON INDIAN, NINA NASTASIA (USA), OH MERCY, OPTIMO (SCOTLAND), PAUL DEMPSEY, PAUL KELLY, PETE MURRAY, ROBERT FORSTER, ROWLAND S. HOWARD, SALLY SELTMANN / NEW BUFFALO, STEVE KILBEY, TELEPATHE (USA), THE BASICS, THE DEVASTATIONS, THE GIN CLUB, THE JEZABELS, THE LUCKSMITHS, THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH, THE TEMPER TRAP, THE TENNISCOATS (JAPAN), THE VEILS, TILLY & THE WALL (USA), TIM FITE (USA), TIM ROGERS, TIM SWEENEY (USA), TONY JOE WHITE (USA), TRUE LIVE, UNDERGROUND LOVERS, WAGONS, WASHED OUT (USA), WASHINGTON, WHITLEY, WORLD'S END PRESS, YVES KLEIN BLUE, ZULYA & THE CHILDREN OF THE UNDERGROUND
Second Floor, Curtin House
252 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9639 8770
Fax: 03 9663 3742
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03 9639 8770
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Monday - open from 5.00pm
Tuesday - open from 5.00pm
Wednesday - open from 5.00pm
Thursday - open from 5.00pm
Friday - open from 3.00pm
Saturday - open from 5.00pm
Sunday - open from 4.00pm
Saturday to Thursday - see shows page
Friday - open from 5.00pm
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