The Toff in Town opened Tuesday April 3 on the second floor at Curtin House in the city’s Chinatown. It is the third venue collaboration between Camillo Ippoliti and architect Phillip Schemnitz, after Revolver and Cookie. Ippoliti is co-owner with Tim Peach, who purchased Curtin House eight years ago.

The Toff In Town has a performance space and a club/bar area with late night dining. The performance space ranges from 150 fully seated and 300 standing only, with a studio above so bands can listen to the recording immediately after their performance. The Toff aims to showcase pop, country, ensembles, dance, comedy, and theatre. The club bar features local DJs. It has a train carriage running down the centre, made up of booths that can be made as private as desired by closing doors and pulling down blinds. Reservations can be taken for the booths.

Phillip Schemnitz says he was inspired by the dangerous thrill of the area in olden days. “This precinct contained the early red-light district of the Melbourne and clandestine brothels and opium dens lay hidden down back lanes, behind heavy, dark doors that opened onto narrow stairs leading to mazes of rooms high above street level. It must have been an exotic, dangerous and illicit area. Perhaps it’s no coincidence, then, that Melbourne is the home of many speak-easy style secret bars that are known by word of mouth and have succeeded to draw patrons without resort to signage, Revolver, Cookie and now The Toff In Town being prime examples.”

Edited by lemikizu on 1 Feb 2008, 01:23

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