Down Memory Lane

Peter Holland 23 July 2008 153

We keep mentioning old pubs, clubs & restaurants in other threads.

Some examples of old pubs now gone, that i remember, are:

Platform 3 in tuggers hyperdome, before they got modern, they were a bikie bar.

Blind Beggars in Belco – 2nd last place after the friday night singles party night closed at the labor club.

Hungry Horse in belco – last place after the friday night singles party night closed at the labor club.

The Private Bin

The Avenue

there are others, but does anyone have any nostalgia for the old haunts?

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Rob Chalmers Rob Chalmers 10:05 am 02 Nov 17

For my two bob’s worth a couple of mentions The Ambassador Hotel now the Mawson Club was the 1st stop for many before heading to Phillip in its Hay Day. The Carousello (disco) was right next to The Flloyd ( live music ) that hosted some big names of Oz Rock. Honey’s Disco was on the corner of Townshend and Botany streets. The Elbow Room was the late night last port of call for many. Bobby McGees got a mention I notice but the Lakeside itself with the 3 ground floor bars was terrific. Other posts have jogged my memory to places frequented, been to many but name changes elude me with others. I stumbled on this post trying to find something on the old Floyd and its like I’ve stepped into a post apocalyptic world… ‘There’s a Storm coming…..she says ‘I know.’……. I don’t know if I’ll be back.

MelonHead MelonHead 9:37 am 02 Aug 08

I have to double post to correct “has drowned there sorrows ” to read “has drowned THEIR sorrows”

MelonHead MelonHead 9:32 am 02 Aug 08

Finally someone rememembered the Hunters Tavern. A fine dive if ever there was one. It was next door to the Captain Cook Hotel in Narrabundah.

Is it political correctness, or don’t we count the long list of ethnic clubs that one were big in the entertainment/drinking scene?

The German Club and Spanish Club and Hungarian Club, all of Narrabundah, The Dutch Club, The Austrian Club and the other one at Mawson. The Lithuanian Club in Lyneham. The Croatian Clubs in O’Connor and the other in Deakin. The Irish Club in Belconnen when it was where Clark Rubber is now. There was a Teachers Club. The Burns (Scots) in Forrest. I am sure lots of us have been there. The Greeks have always been at the Hellenic. What about the Catholics? Starting at the Southern Cross and expanding the empire. There was, and is the Tradesmen’s Clubs.

I’m sure at least one person here has drowned there sorrows at the Workers Club in Civic. Two storeys of the finest drinking you could imagine.

Lest we forget the heyday of the Fyshwick Tavern, and all other suburban drinkerys. Fraser, Page, Giralang, Caldwell and Charnwood. All the taverns passing us by.

Ahh, great times, now all passed us by.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:49 am 02 Aug 08

jvb said :

…Wicked Lady mid-late 70s…

jvb, care to go in to more detail on this one please. 🙂

The Public Watchdog The Public Watchdog 10:14 pm 01 Aug 08

Hunter’s Tavern in Narrabundah. Got knocked down in about 1990, if I recall.

It was a local Booner dive, for the few Booners that still existed in Narrabundah.

We used to stick nearby in Kingston & Manuka at the Kingo, Boot & Flogger, Blue Beat, (now
B Bar) Manuka Football Club, El Rancho, Easts Rugby Club, Eastlake Football Club, Rudes, La Grange. The usual local drinking holes.

Ahh memories, or lack thereof.

Overheard Overheard 1:26 pm 25 Jul 08

Oh, memories of the old playground — the ‘dump truck’. Never heard the term but saw it done plenty of times. Some waggish ‘friend’ would then inevitably spoil the party by slapping the ‘trucker’ on the side of the face, eliciting an outpouring of cigarette, spittle and abuse!

Jem Jem 1:05 pm 25 Jul 08

Duke – classic. I remember my sister trying to hide her (lit) cig from a teacher by putting it in her jacket pocket and then trying to remain composed as smoke started billowing out of it 🙂
Seen a few dump truck attempts go wrong too!

Duke Duke 12:43 pm 25 Jul 08

I well remember the Marist Brothers being down at the interchange to bust kids in uniform and I also remember cupping my durrie.

The braver kids would not cup but rather attempt the infamous ‘dump truck’ whereby the cigarette was flipped backwards and hidden in the mouth. I never perfected it but burnt myself many times trying. I still get a kick out of seeing somebody perform a dump truck!

V8-Prius V8-Prius 12:14 pm 25 Jul 08

tylersmayhem said :

Mind you, these days if you saw a Marist Brother roaming the interchange I think most kids would scurry!


Remember when getting rolled for your Nike’s was all the rage? You couldn’t walk through that area outside Metro in a new pair of Jordan’s without looking over your shoulder. There was no greater ignominy than having to walk home from Woden in your socks.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:46 am 25 Jul 08

Ahhh yes…Metro. I forgot to say when I wasn’t at the Basement, Happy Days or the Firehouse I was at Metro. Every afternoon after school, and every Saturday night before heading to Civic. Ironically, it became lass of a hang-out after school when the Marist brothers had a crack down and started turning up around 5pm during the week. “Quick, cuff ya durrie”.

Mind you, these days if you saw a Marist Brother roaming the interchange I think most kids would scurry!

V8-Prius V8-Prius 11:24 am 25 Jul 08

Duke said :

I used to like The Metro in Woden bus interchange. At the time I was going to school at Phillip College and my maths teacher used to joke he should hold his classes at Metro because more kids would show up.

There was also a cool little video game place in Manuka, upstairs in the back alleyway.

The muso in the back alley was also Metro. Friday arvo’s circa early 90’s in that place were nuts. You could barely see a foot in front of you due to the ciggie smoke. I used to play a golf game since that’s about all I could get on. All the cool kids played Super Sprint. I’m still getting over the time my mum came up looking for me and promptly dragged me home by my ear.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 10:50 am 25 Jul 08

V8-Prius: Haha, my mum and dad were concerned that I was taking drugs because I hung around The Basement with all the “shady characters”. I was actually given a bit of an intervention by them haha. I probably wasn’t one of the shadys who was there. I was more of the try-hard booner playing Wonderboy in the corner and scabbing Winny Blues. I’m sure the place was more of a front than a pinny parlour. That’s how it stayed open for so long.


Duke Duke 10:48 am 25 Jul 08

I used to like The Metro in Woden bus interchange. At the time I was going to school at Phillip College and my maths teacher used to joke he should hold his classes at Metro because more kids would show up.

There was also a cool little video game place in Manuka, upstairs in the back alleyway.

Jem Jem 10:32 am 25 Jul 08

oooh, Rascals. Did anyone else call it “russells” because that’s what the crappy loopy sign looked like? And wasn’t it the lizard lounge as well, or am I thinking of somewhere else.

I think it was the Leopard Lounge??

I preferred to hang around in Belco on a Friday night – at Sails!!

peterh peterh 10:16 am 25 Jul 08

Time-out was the best place in belco for new pinnies, Terminator 2, getaway – if that had the zz top version of La Grange on it, I loved that game…

V8-Prius V8-Prius 9:58 am 25 Jul 08

The best in show was always The Basement at Southlands shopping centre in Mawson. It was a class place ran by some chick.

Haha the basement!!! I know a Wodenite when I see one Tyler. I believe its now occupied by the “Clowining Around” fancy dress joint. How that place stayed in business as long as it did I’ll never know. I remember pumping many a dollar through the “Getaway” pinnie. There was always the same 2 or 3 shady characters loitering around (maybe you were one of them?).

Around that era (late 80’s/early 90’s)in Southlands there a few different musos. “Paradise” occupied the spot where the Video 2000 is, while I remember another one called “Space Chase” which like to hop around from shopspace to shopspace before predicatbly disappearing altogether. I also remember when “Double Dragon” came out and was located outside the Criss-Cross grog shop (still there). There would invariably be 5-deep a line to play that thing. Surprisingly my mum wasn’t a fan of me hanging around there.

Mick1965 Mick1965 8:58 pm 24 Jul 08

The Terrace Bar (at the Boulevarde centre) was great – bands in the summer on Saturday night was choice.

ant ant 8:54 pm 24 Jul 08

The Dicko… why did they pull that down I wonder? And the Wello, even the hotel they built on its spot is looking its age now. The Private Bin when it was a tiny little upstairs place, with gold bars around the tiny dance floor. It was nice then. Footnote at Manuka some years later, that was nice for a while. The Boot and Flogger of course, what a rough divey place that was. El Rancho for a really good underage drinking experience and cheap food. And Peppers for Friday Night drinkies, paid for a shout with a cheque there once!

Who remembers Knotholes?!

fabforty fabforty 7:06 pm 24 Jul 08

jools67 said :

I remember getting into “Copacobana” at Dickson, wooley street at 15, had big effie hair, black clothes and bright red lipstick on….. i suppose it helped that my brother was a bouncer there…LOL

Ahh Jools. I think I was right there with you. I was the 16 year old with white lace Madonna gloves and the tube skirt drinking something called Blue Heaven.

I also remember:

The Troubador
The Bin
Subway (tiny downstairs in Garema Place – not sandwiches)
The City Club
Captain Greggs (Captain Kiddies)
The Blind Beggars
De Depot

I’m not saying they were good – I just remember them !!

captainwhorebags captainwhorebags 5:11 pm 24 Jul 08

The place down the bottom of Curtin was a Tradesman’s club I think… very vague memories. Was replaced by units between the church and the service stations.

It had a dodgy chinese restaurant attached to it. Was a favourite drinking hole for my grandfather who subsequently had to walk a bit further up the hill to the Statesman when the small club closed.

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