A tale of two hotels

As we should all know by now, the Celtic Club’s new home is at the Metropolitan Hotel, North Melbourne.  Not a very happy home by the looks of it. We know it’s not open early for breakfast, but an enquiring member wondered what the Celtic Club after dark was doing.

Not a whole lot really.

Here is what it looked like at 9.15 pm last Wednesday night.

All is silent, all is dark: Celtic Club after 9.0 pm

Yes, all dark and shut up and obviously the Club’s been shut for some time. Members have advised us that they had called in at 8.45 pm earlier in the week to have a drink only to be told that the till had already closed and they couldn’t be served.

The hours on the door say “9.30 a.m. till late” – but they should say “..till not very late”.

Apart from the fact that members are supposed to be able to go into a Club and socialise – the food and drink money was a major source of the Club’s income. Obviously we’re never going to get the pokies back up, but surely an Irish pub could pour a Guinness a little bit later than 9.15pm – what’s the matter? Are you scared of the dark or something?

Before we get all the good old excuses about how people don’t go out anymore, drink driving laws have meant the death of the Clubs, members stay home binge watching ‘Game of Thrones’, it’s winter, the members are too old and the other excuses for failure, let’s take a look at another pub at 8.45 pm that very same night.

It’s in the same suburb. You can easily walk from one to the other! They play Irish music and drink Guinness. There’s a lot of crossover of personnel, but what a difference.

Same time, nearly the same place, but these people are having fun!

Yes, it’s The Last Jar. On Elizabeth Street – about a 15 minute walk away from the Celtic Club, but obviously operating in a parallel universe. You can hardly move in there on a Wednesday when they play the traditional Irish music.

Why can’t the current Committee manage their venue as well as this one is managed?