Still coming to terms with the fact that the Newtown Social Club's gig-hosting days are drawing to an end? Us too. But — for better for worse — when one door closes, another one opens. And after the live music venue shuts theirs in April, the same doors will swing into action — to reveal a mini-golf bar. Yes, the NSC's bandroom is s becoming an indoor mini-golf course.
The new venue is called Holey Moley Golf Club, and it comes to Sydney after opening in Brisbane last September. Set to open in June, the bar will pair putt putt and pints across the two-storey King Street space. Just what each stop on the 27-hole course will entail is yet to be revealed; however Game of Thrones, Super Mario, Alice in Wonderland and clowns all feature up north. Yes, clowns. It's as batshit crazy as it sounds.
Importantly, Holey Moley isn't just transporting its Brissie concept to Newtown — and, according to the team, it's not simply filling one of Sydney's many struggling live venues with a gimmick. Cognisant of the history of the site and the state of the industry, the powers that be at Holey Moley's parent company Funlab have advised that music will remain a feature. That'll include weekend gigs, DJ sets, championing local up-and-comers, and potentially even battle of the bands-style comps, all in a space that turns taking to the green into a boozy evening of revelry.
Newtown isn't the only spot on Holey Moley's expansion trail either, with an Adelaide venture due to open in May, and a Melbourne joint listed as coming soon on their website.
Find Holey Moley Golf Club at 387 King Street, Newtown from a to-be-announced date in June. Keep an eye on their website for more information.