The University of Melbourne is a fun house of activity. There is always something fun, quirky or slightly unusual going on, from awesome BBQ'S to water park themed games on the grounds of South Lawn. Speaking on the behalf of the vast student body, a well appreciated and loved attribute of this University is the number of bars that are situated on campus grounds that are open to all students, staff and visitors. The focus of this article will be to elaborate on my favourite spots on campus that I occasion for some casual R&R time.
The first and without doubt most visited bar is HJC, located on the first floor of Union House, the university's little food court/cafeteria. HJC is a very open and casual environment where you can be totally laid back and relaxed. As you walk in, the bar is situated to your left and a wing of pool tables to your right. Whilst straight ahead of you is an outdoor sitting area on the balcony with a wonderful view of North Court.
The second best bar on campus is called Tsubu. Taking on a modern Japanese theme, Tsubu is a very appealing and beautiful pub. Its exterior sitting area is beautifully coveted with green, luscious plants that complement the rustic appeal of the wooden chairs and very course wooden tables. This entire area is shaded by the overhang of a massive tree, creating a very picturesque and tranquil ambience. The interior of Tsubu takes on a more fusion of traditional Japanese meets modern Australian appeal. The décor is illusive and the ambience very retro.
The third suave spot on campus is The Lab, out on North Court, in a corner almost cordoned off. It's a very modern Vs retro themed ambience. Hidden away under a transparent canopy in a quiet corner, is a carefully arranged bushel of tables. This little café/bar has a very urban cultured vibe and to me represents the very essence of The University; casual but very cool.