Newtown Social Club To Rise From The Sando’s Ashes
News posted Monday, October 22 2012 at 05:00 PM.
Related: Sandringham Hotel, Newtown Social Club.
Sydney’s worst kept secret is out. The city’s latest venue – The Newtown Social Club – will open its doors on the site of the current Sandringham Hotel on King Street.
As reported last week, the team behind Melbourne’s Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club announced plans to open a sister venue in Newtown. But while details of the venture remained scarce, a trademark search conducted today by triple j news listed the address of Newtown Social Club as 387 King Street – the site of the Sandringham Hotel. According to The Daily Telegraph, Corner Hotel owner Tim Northeast is believed to have purchased the property for between $2.6m and $2.8m, well below the estimated $3.6-million debt owed by the Sandringham Hotel to creditors.
Sources suggest that the purchase isn’t an attempt to “save” the Sandringham Hotel, which was placed in receivership in June, but rather an opportunity to buy a piece of real estate and start afresh. The Newtown Social has been described as a Melbourne-style venue, offering “free entry social club with friendly staff, great food, great drinks and all our favourite local, national and international tunes pumping through the place”. A representative of the owners would not comment on the sale when contacted today.
The Newtown Social Club is expected to open as a bar initially in 2013, with live music to follow some time after. In the meantime, The Sandringham will continue to operate as a venue until December.
Related: What Went Wrong With The Sando