Newtown Social Club looks likely to be the best thing to happen to Sydney in quite a while. As you are probably aware the King St institution Sandringham Hotel went into receivership last year and was up for sale. Thankfully the people behind Melbourne's Northcote Social Club and Corner Hotel swooped in and ensured live music would get a big shot in the arm. After months of closure it's finally happening. They have done a wonderful job. Gone are the stale carpet and poker machines. Instead we have exposed brick, wooden features, subtle light fittings and even some greenery at the back. The bar is well stocked with a good selection of beers and ciders and the bistro serves an array of pizza, burgers and hot dogs. The venue officially swings open the doors on Friday and will be open daily from noon to midnight. Of course the big question is when will live music return? No proper word yet, but hopefully soon. It will, I believe, be in the upstairs room when it is ready.
Stay tuned Sydney. This place is going to be great!