The words “cubby house” makes one think of a tree house they played in when they were kids, where they could be themselves, play around and have fun without having to worry about the pressures and problems in their lives. Well, Cubby House in Moonee Ponds is basically the grown-ups version of this, where anyone from 18 through to their 50s can come and drink up with some great tunes to listen to.
Having been here before, I more or less knew what to expect, but I had forgotten what a fun place Cubby House really is! (The $8 cover charge was the main early indicator of how likeable this place is.) With plenty of room to move around, you can go have a few quiet ones with your mates at one of the many tables around and, if you are there early enough, you can get dinner there too. The dance floor is reasonably big, and the music is grouse. The band playing the night I went were really good, and the singer was quite charismatic and I’m sure would have been very easy on the eye to the female patrons around. The singer at one point got onto the bar counter, singing away with everyone cheering him on.
The band played both recent and old rock songs, ranging from not-so-old hits like ‘All The Small Things’ by Blink 182 that the younger patrons loved, to pub favourites like ‘Jesse’s Girl’ by Ricky Springfield, to ones that the older patrons are probably more familiar with like ‘Rain’ by Dragon. Those who are more into RNB are covered too for when the band were offstage and the songs playing on the stereo took over, with recent chart-toppers like ‘Tonight (I’ll Be Loving You)’ by Enrique Inglesias, ‘S&M’ by Rihanna, ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga, to older ones like ‘Put Your Hands Up’ by Fatman Scoop (there was also a whole half hour of Usher songs!). All these songs got everyone getting their groove on and raising their arms in the air, making it impossible for you to not get into the groove of things.Drinks wise, Cubby House is really good too. The prices are really cheap ($4 pots! I got plenty of these in me!), having mostly beers, spirits, wines, cocktails, tequilas, cocktails, and shots. The bartenders were young and vibrant, and friendly and quick about getting the drinks too.
With a casual dress code, the whole atmosphere of Cubby House is quite cosy (like a real cubby house is), yet adventurous and lively at the same time. The voiceover that comes on when you enter the Cubby House website says, ‘Looking for a great night out? Think Cubby House’. I couldn’t agree more.
Originally published here at barsandnightclubs.com.au on Monday 18 April 2011