Parked where the tramlines 86 and 112 intersect is Fitzroy’s The Workers Club, an understated pub (that was once the iconic Rob Roy Hotel) with an old dark green exterior and a street-facing exhibition window curated by local artist run initiative Seventh Gallery.
Inside is a different story, warm light pervades the comfortable set-up. Comprising made the front/public bar, a dining room and a band room, which has hosted a number of strong local and international independent acts.
Coming under the umbrella of its popular siblings, such as 1000 £ Bend and the old St. Jerome’s, The Workers Club quickly earned its stripes among the fastidious Fitzroy scene; its support of live music events makes it a weekly staple. The Released Series, for instance, is a night for local independent record labels to showcase their roster with live performances and events. Along with the night, The Workers Club sets up a semi-permanent record stall, where all profits go to the respective record labels.
While The Workers Club has miles to go before it gets weighed down by age, the pub already fits like an old shoe.