The Northcote Social Club is part-owned by the folk behind Richmond’s Corner Hotel and sits somewhere around the centre of the popular High street strip. The band room is smaller than the Corner's, which means it's perfect for acts with a more modest sensibility. You won’t be bothered by view-wrecking giant pillars or sweaty crowds (as much) here, but you’ll still get to hear some great music.
The NSC was born in 2004, when the old Commercial Hotel was given a makeover, a new focus on live music, and name change. Within a few years, it had become a real destination in Melbourne's indie music scene. A second renovation in 2015 smartened up the space and brought a renewed focus to the food.
For the most part, though, the lines you'll see out front many nights are the result of the live music. Though the calibre of performers has risen over the years, events such as Monday Night Mass (a weekly free showcase of Melbourne's best burgeoning indie acts), keep the social club firmly in its roots.