Ever wondered what it feels like to be one of those people from a TV sitcom, a group of five or so friends meeting up at the same bar or café every night? The staple shot of this group sitting at a booth, or at a table, drinking and laughing, telling each other their stories of the day.
This is the very experience the Eagle Bar offers. It’s a place to meet up with friends, to relax and just talk or lounge around. Maybe it’s not a place you and your friends will go to every day, or even every week, but as a place to go somewhat ritualistically, it is exquisite.
What’s so good about the Eagle Bar? Well perhaps you have just finished your last tutorial for the day, or you and a couple mates have some time to kill before you need to do something. Most people in this situation would head to the Agora where its loud and packed and there’s always too much going on. Others would head across the bridge. They would head inside, down those magical steps and into a hub of peace and leisure. A place where they can play a couple games of pool, have a drink or two to take the edge off, or just enjoy the space they have around them.
It’s never over crowded at the Eagle Bar, but neither is it empty. There’s always people to talk to, and the patrons are just like you – uni students looking to unwind a bit. If it’s a good day and you don’t feel like being inside, just grab a chair in the outdoor sitting area. You can virtually go to whatever environment suits you.
A few of my La Trobe friends and I go on a bi-weekly basis. When I told another friend about this, he seemed somewhat wistful. He often goes to lunch and other activities with friends at his own uni, but it’s really not the same. There’s something about having such an ideal bar on campus, a regular place to attend that feels like it’s yours, that is irreplaceable. It’s an intangible experience that anyone who hasn’t bothered to try out at least once is missing out on. It’s La Trobe universities very own gem hidden in plain sight.
By James Wallace