If the primary indoor bar at the College Lawn were empty, chances are its oval shape could make for a serviceable small running track for the modestly athletic. The bar is long enough to house a variety of sports-viewing clusters, spaced out enough so rowdy factions don’t encroach into quieter clusters. You might find a group of vocal gents grasping pints of Little Creatures Bright Ale and Heineken endand young families at the other while their toddlers bop to the live cover band setting up for the final bounce.
A more traditional sports pub setup can be found tucked away in the front wing of the building, serving the needs of those looking for big screens above your head and no-frills draught beer on tap. Plus there are facilities for a flutter, if you’re that way inclined. The busiest area of the pub is invariably its sprawling beer garden, with a dedicated bar screening the game on each angle of the corner setup. When it’s wet weather footy conditions in Melbourne, the beer garden will keep you warm and dry while you yell “BALL!” at the screen to your heart’s content.