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Lulie Tavern

  • Bars
  • Abbotsford
  1. On a wooden table there are multiple cocktails a bowl of fries and a bowl of chicken tenders with hands picking up the food
    Jake Roden
  2. A person holds a fried chicken burger and a pink cocktail
    Photograph: Jake Roden
  3. A green pool table in Lulie Tavern with many pictures and neon signs on the walls
    Photograph: Jake Roden
  4. A person holds a cheeseburger with a bite taken out of it with fries and drinks on the table
    Photograph: Jake Roden
  5. A wooden table with baskets of burgers, fries and fried chicken, and different cocktails
    Photograph: Jake Roden
  6. The bar at Lulie Tavern with bar stools, a record collection and bottles behind the bar
    Photograph: Jake Roden
  7. A bartender pours a cocktail into a tall glass
    Photograph: Jake Roden

Time Out says

Abbotsford residents should count themselves lucky to call Lulie Tavern a local. With its prime piece of Johnston Street real estate, Lulie Tavern brings unpretentious good times and rock'n'roll vibes to the area. 

Lulie Tavern is the passion project of friends and business partners Jon-Lee Farrell and Brendan Kennedy, which they have nurtured into the dream saloon they always hoped it would be. The walls are adorned with neon signs, gifts from patrons and its favourite collections of memorabilia. Lulie Tavern is the kind of place you can settle in for an extended drinking session with mates – moving between the pool table, stopping for a dance, catching a selection of local bands and DJs and of course eating and drinking plenty along the way. 

Burgers are the name of the game at Lulie. Go for the TJ's Famous Whopper, with beef, cheddar, onion, lettuce, tomato and house sauce, or the Dead Ringer, where fried chicken sits alongside cheddar, pickles, jalapeño mayo and shredded lettuce. Special shout out to the Veggie Whopper – it is one of the best iterations of a beyond meat patty burger going around Melbourne at the moment. 

And now, Lulie Tavern is set to become a summer hangout, with its rooftop bar Full Moon Fever set to open just in time for sunny times on Friday, November 18. Full Moon Fever will carry Lulie's great vibes just a few floors higher, which Jon describes as "think Old Fashioned, Margaritas, ice cold tins and Peach Iced Teas served with a smile."

Full Moon Fever boasts a top-quality Tommy's Margarita, as well as a range of saloon-style cocktails that'll get the party going such as the Dusty Bird made with bourbon, house sour mix, bitters and soda and the Johnny Pash cocktail which is a wild combination of gin, pear liqueur, lemon juice and agave. 

Full Moon Fever is going to be just the place to continue the Lulie party long into the night. 

If all this talk of rooftop bars made you excited for summer, check out Melbourne's best rooftop bars here. 

Jade Solomon
Written by
Jade Solomon


225 Johnston St
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 4-11pm; Fri, Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-11pm

What’s on


  • Fairs and festivals

Mark your calendars Melbourne because Lulie Tavern's rock ‘n’ roller of a street party is almost here. After a sold-out debut, Luliepalooza returns this November to take over Lulie Street and Victoria Park Oval with a block party and a line-up to boot – and a bucking bull to boot things off even further. Hot on the heels of their new album, Calm Ya Farm, the pysc-rockers the Murlocs will headline Luliepalooza along with Sydney’s C.O.F.F.I.N and Brisbane’s Full Flower Moon Band.  Also featured on the Lulie line-up is the post-punk artist Enola, Melbourne punks Split System and psych-pop legends Sunfruits, Emilee South, Heavy Amber and Hogwash. Lulie’s infamous House of Cheese DJs will also be bringing their floor-filling disco to the House of Cheese tent. For full line-up details, you can visit the Luliepalooza website here.  Throughout the day, the bars will be stocked with all sorts of libations from a range of local brews to house cocktails and spirits. Freddy’s Pizza will also be serving wood-fired pizzas and Lulie’s burgers will be sizzling away on the grill all day long.   Luliepalooza will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Tickets for the party begin at $90 and you can get them now via the Lulie Tavern website here.  RECOMMENDED: Bottoms up! These super affordable wines have been awarded top prizes Ripper! Australia has been named the most adventurous country in the world Oh no — A mango shortage is set to wreak havoc on our summer vibes, so get them whi

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