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Venues for the Breakfast Club Characters in Your Life

by Hayley Coulter

Perms, John Hughes, and the greatest era of music to date all came together in the iconic 80’s film The Breakfast Club. A film that encapsulates all the messiness of being in high school and celebrates the time in your life where you start figuring out who you are; there’s nothing quite like it and it’s still so relevant today.

In this acclaimed film, our unlikely friends who share a detention session on March 24, 1984 are all distinctly different (but work really well together), just like the bars and restaurants of Melbourne. So, welcome to our guide where you can find the perfect venue for you and your friends, based on which Breakfast Club character you embody!


The Chic One

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“It’s so absurd that I have to be at school on a Saturday.”

Molly Ringwald’s iconic Claire Standish is the chic one of The Breakfast Club, so who is yours? If they’re the one who always has their stuff together, has the wardrobe you’d love to raid and the personality of sunshine, Dame is waiting for them!

Dame is the decadent, luxurious venue that will have you and your group believing they’re in sophistication heaven. Whether you’re just there for a quick mimosa, or an aperitif spritz garnished with baby’s breath flowers, you’ll be feeling like the main character (even in an ensemble cast)!

If you’re after a bite to eat, Dame has you covered as well, from feta and greens bruschetta in the morning, to spiced chicken ballotine in the afternoon and so much more. It’s a menu you’ll never want to stop exploring, in a venue you’ll never want to leave with its Paris-end glamour.

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Bad Decisions Bar

The Rebellious One

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“Could you describe the ruckus, sir?”

For the person in your life that brings the ruckus and chaos in the best way, we have the perfect bar for them to spend the evening being as wild as they wish. Bad Decisions in Fitzroy is a tribute to the people who live their lives impulsively and without regrets. In other words, it’s for the person in your life who’s just like Judd Nelson’s iconic (and a little problematic) John Bender.

The red lighting guides you to the underground bar, where you can immerse yourself in all manner of cocktails, beer, or your booze-free alternatives. If your stomach starts to yell out over the music, you can also grab a cheeky cheese toastie to keep yourself dancing into the night.

Every night has a new gig playing, so if your vibe is listening to the DJ’s mix together your favourite music, discovering new music or seeing a band you love live and up close, Bad Decisions is the perfect opportunity for all of the above!

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Roc’s Social Knox

The Sporty One

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“I’ve seen her dehydrated sir, it’s pretty gross.”

For the athlete in your life we all know that the competition never ends, so why not keep it going into the evening at Roc’s Social? In the spirit of Emilio Estevez’s Andrew Clark, or “Sporto”, Roc’s indulges the competitor in everyone with mini bowling and over twenty arcade games to inspire some friendly rivalry.

If you’re after a quick drink while challenging your mates to Hoop Shot, don’t forget to grab a beer on tap! For those of us non-beer-drinkers the boozy shakes are the perfect way to blend the childhood nostalgia of your favourite shake with the adult touch of flavoured liqueur, or the non-alcoholic soda floats reminiscent of the days where you could drop by the milk bar.

Carb-loading for your next big meet? The food at Roc’s is the ultimate solution! Stone-baked pizzas, burgers, salads and fried chicken make the best fuel for getting prepped to thrash your friends in the mini bowling, and might even help get a few strikes! Nothing better than bragging rights for life.

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Wolfhound on Brunswick

The Edgy One

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“What’s your poison?” “Vodka.”

I think we can all agree Ally Sheedy as Allison Reynolds was way cooler before the makeover, and in 2023 she’d be just as much of an it girl as the “chic” one. What draws us to her though is her grit and intrigue making her the edgy one of the group. For that, we’ve given her and any other Allison’s out there Wolfhound on Brunswick.

Mismatched patterns, textures and colours turn the space into a haven to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner, topped off with a lush courtyard if you feel like sneaking in some vitamin D with your meal. If you need a drink with your time in the sun, prepare to be spoiled for choice among coffee, house made pressed juice, cocktails way more options to fulfil any mood.

To pair with the endless drink options, dine on any of the burgers or brunch options in style with a full vegan menu and gluten free options to accommodate for everyone in your personal breakfast club.

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Oxford Scholar Hotel

The Intelligent One

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“I can’t get an F.”

If there’s anyone who desperately needs a night out, it’s the clever ones in your group who’ve probably fallen asleep over their textbook… again. Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson was the perfect depiction of study pressure, and that’s why we think the brains of your group needs a night out at the Oxford Scholar Hotel, like now.

The beer on tap here is constantly rotating, and the Oxford Scholar work with independent Australian craft breweries to ensure that every time you drop in you’ll find something new! Worthy of the greatest academic, there are also plenty of cocktails to sample (and the Pink Spritz is the yummiest study break celebration), or non-alcoholic takes on the classics if you need to stay sharp!

The Oxford Scholar also has the perfect study break snacks and meals, with as many share plates as you could ask for, and all of the classic pub grub you need to refuel before you go back to the books.

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We’re all one of them, so don’t waste any time checking out the venue for your character this weekend!

Sincerely Yours,

The Breakfast Club.

Don’t you forget about your next night out!

Find your next favourite bar with your Breakfast Club.

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