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Canberra clubs struggling

By Thumper - 2 July 2008 37

According to this ABC article, Canberra clubs are struggling to survive in the current economic climate.

Clubs ACT’s chief executive Bob Samarcq says rising costs and tougher smoking laws have contributed to an annual revenue drop of about $16 million.

I personally think it’s the quality, or lack thereof, of live music that the clubs have that is driving people away 😉

But seriously, interest rate hikes, inflation, petrol prices, new binge drinking guidelines must all be taking their toll in some way.

What’s Your opinion?


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V8-Prius 2:37 pm 03 Jul 08

Pandy said :

Mawson Club on a Friday is packed with clevage showing jailbait. Packed. Tell me they are struggling.

Its only a crime if you get caught.

sezzle 12:07 pm 03 Jul 08

I may be wrong, but aren’t the clubs given the BMW’s for prizes, they don’t pay for them to give away?

I also agree with the entertainment factor, if they had more free entertainment at the clubs, bands etc then you probably see an increase in patronage. I know I’d go more often.

The RUC in Barton is a lot better now they have some new staff on. The older ones are competent, but would it kill them to crack a smile once in a while?

bubzie 11:59 pm 02 Jul 08

Pandy said :

Mawson Club on a Friday is packed with clevage showing jailbait. Packed. Tell me they are struggling.

Yeah, and the cleavage showing jailbait all think its grouse to harrass the rest of mawson as well! arrgh! (And its not just friday! arrgh!!) *goes back to corner*

But yes, any club that has 3 bmw’s there musnt be struggling THAT badly, right, right???

BerraBoy68 9:37 pm 02 Jul 08

Croatia Deakin Soccer Club still draws a good crowd at lunchtime, even though no offices are within walking distance. The main drawcard is the food which is very good and well priced (I have no affiliation but go there often). It has about 20 pokies but I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than 4-5 people playing them at any given time.

Felix the Cat 9:37 pm 02 Jul 08

Jonathon Reynolds said :

Club food used to represent good value. I can honestly say I haven’t been back to the Tradies in Dickson since the Bistro took a nose drive with the schnitzels.

Me either. Used to be a regular, went back once after the bistro renovation and had a leathery schnitzel half the size of the old ‘half serve’. Haven’t been back since and haven’t renewed my membership.

I went to Gungahlin Lakes tonight for dinner and it was packed out. They have a jackpotting badge draw as well as beer and beef raffle and of course State of Origin footy is on tonight.

There are too many clubs to go around I reckon.

Pandy 7:03 pm 02 Jul 08

Mawson Club on a Friday is packed with clevage showing jailbait. Packed. Tell me they are struggling.

Thumper 6:31 pm 02 Jul 08

Yes, but if you have three beers you are a binge drinker….

Mr Evil 5:22 pm 02 Jul 08

Now that Kevin007 has given “WORKING FAMILIES” up to an extra $51 in their paypacket/fortnight, surely the clubs will be rejoicing?

Clown Killer 4:01 pm 02 Jul 08

The RUC in Barton looks on the verge of collapse – those long lines of people must be receivers

Jokes aside, the RUC would have to be a sucess story amongst all this alleged gloom. The place is full for lunch most days (well the ones I seem to go on), they’ve survived the smoking bans and yeah they have a handfull of pokies to help separate stupid people from their money, but its not a bad place for a beer in the afternoon if you’re avoiding work.

The kitchen puts out reasonable fare and there’s a genuine and worthwile discount for members.

I just wish that they bring back the Friday lunchtime meat and beer raffle.

Loose Brown 3:32 pm 02 Jul 08

I agree with poor Bob Samarcq, he’s absolutely right, you can’t even walk around the place without seeing clubs being boarded up and closed down, pokies chucked out the back rusting in the rain. Carpet rolled up and stacked round the side. I’m sure the Hellenic club will have to sell its marble frontage back to the Greeks soon. The Dickson Tradies may have to wind back its operating hours because there’s absolutely no-one there anymore at 3am. Those people feeding cash into the pokies are actually employees. The Labor club may have to be converted into offices soon, it sounds like the Labor Party is propping it up with Kevin’s campaign money. The RUC in Barton looks on the verge of collapse – those long lines of people must be receivers. Maybe the entire weekend sporting movement throughout the ACT – all codes – will have to cease playing – we know that the clubs are financially propping them all up. Oh woe, oh nooo, whatever shall we do – $16 million down – geez, quick, maybe a govt subsidy should be paid to keep them going, they are in such a dire financial situation.

Duke 3:24 pm 02 Jul 08

Go check out the three BMWs parked in the foyer of the Hellenic Club then tell me clubs are struggling.

V8-Prius 2:58 pm 02 Jul 08

I blame the Sudanese immigrants.

When the 2008 Ibanez product launch was held at the Southern Cross Club earlier this year (with Paul Gilbert running a guitar clinic) the crowd was lined up out the door. They should learn from this.

Get a decent live act, and offer a deal which includes dinner beforehand, a drink or two and entry to the gig and I reckon they’d be onto a winner.

And get rid of the pokies.

niftydog 2:24 pm 02 Jul 08

I just think clubs are out of touch and aren’t putting any effort into attracting younger patrons.

Show me a club with good, contemporary, original, live music. Anyone?
Show me a club that mixes drinks with non post-mix coke. Anyone?
Those two things alone would make me want to attend clubs more often.

I went to a club recently that didn’t even have elevator muzak playing in the background. All you had to listen to was poker machine noise and the conversations of nearby gronks! Combine that with the disgusting, murky syrup in a thimble they call “bourbon and coke” and I couldn’t last 20 minutes in that place. I’m willing to bet it’s much the same story right across town.

Not everyone is a gambling, beer-drinking footy fan with 106.7 musical tastes.

Thumper 2:15 pm 02 Jul 08

I think they need to introduce dwarf throwing, bear wrestling and cock fighting.

DarkLadyWolfMother 2:13 pm 02 Jul 08

I usually end up at an outdoor dining place (like Lisboa, for example) in preference to clubs. Yes, even in the Winter.

Come to think of it, I haven’t been to a club for years. There just doesn’t seem to be anything there for me. I think if they can work out how to attract people like me, they’ll have cracked it 🙂

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