Melbourne’s Northcote Social Club planning Sydney outpost

Sydney is set to become just a little bit more Melbourne, with a much-loved venue announcing plans for an outpost up the Hume.

Akin to the Hi-Fi’s expansion into Brisbane and Sydney, the team behind Melbourne’s Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club have announced plans to open a sister venue in Newtown. While details are still scarce, a Facebook page for the Newtown Social Club was set up yesterday, promising the “same atmosphere that’s known and loved at our Melbourne venues”.

The venue is described as a “free entry social club with friendly staff, great food, great drinks and all our favourite local, national and international tunes pumping through the place”. There are also plans for a self-contained band room, with the venue’s address and opening date to be announced soon.

Opened in 2004 on the former site of the Commercial Hotel on High Street, the Northcote Social Club has become one of Melbourne’s premiere mid-sized bandrooms. It’s recently hosted the likes of Pond, Zulu Winter, The Rubens, Redd Kross and Last Dinosaurs, and was the destination for Lady Gaga’s official after-party in July. Sadly, The Northcote Social Club’s sister venue, The East Brunswick Club, shut its doors earlier this year after the new owners decided to redevelop the bandroom into a five-storey apartment building.

Meanwhile, another Newtown venue – the refurbished Newtown Hotel – is set to re-open at the end of the month. Refurbished over the past 18 months, the 130-year-old hotel plans to host local bands and DJs. Other features include a beer garden and Greek restaurant.

(Photo by John Carney)