A HAPPY HOUR THAT ACTUALLY MAKES YOU HAPPY.
Reg Wilcox and team invite you to South King Recreation Club
Located on Newtown's King Street and boasting a remixed RSL vibe inspired by memories of pre-lockout Sydney, frozen chook raffles and cheap schnitty’s, newly opened South King Recreation Club (SKRC) has all the hallmarks of classic clubs; a Board of Directors, ice-cold frothy’s, a great parma, and beer flavoured lamingtons, it will also feature badass music, and you can wear hats and smoke. Sounds good right?
Every weekday from 5 -7pm, Beverage Manager Billy Johnson whips out his monthly-changing Curated Happy Hour. Featuring $10 cocktails including the likes of Bourbon Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshakes (one word – epic), and Mezcal Grapefruit Palomas, SKRC’s evolving cocktail list is no-fuss with all the buzz. Also, on the menu are $5 Craft Tinnies and Tap from local breweries including Young Henry’s and Hawke’s Brewing Co (Hawkey would love this place), and local and International minimal intervention wines from small producers including Don + Kindeli and Ochota Barrels.
To accompany Happy Hour, SKRC's Canteen Manager Deidre Saunders has a range of meal offerings to keep hangry at bay, topped off with a changing roster of classic club activities. On Wednesday it’s $12 schnitzels, a Meat Tray Raffle and Badge Draw to boot. And on Thursdays, it’s $12 burgers, Wheel of Fortune (yep, prizes too), and DJ’s spinning vinyl ‘til late.
Both Billy and Diedre had to negotiate hard with SKRC Secretary-Treasurer Stanley Wong to keep the menu prices at a level where patrons can justify visiting SKRC multiple times a week. They even paid for Stanley's footy tipping for a whole year just to get it over the line.
Sometimes the SKRC directors clash with their Entertainment Director Rick "Hollywood" Hunter. He loves to bore everyone with stories of ‘the good old days’; the booze, the babes and life on the road as tour manager for the Stones. His washed-up demeanour and reputation as ‘that old guy’, make the SKRC directors’ shudder, but he sure does know how to show people a good time, and is key to the RSL remix recipe.
Rick has sourced vintage vinyl and some of Newtown's most recognised music veterans to make guest DJ appearances at SKRC. He also leads the monthly South King Record Fair. Between Rick and Community Liaison Manager Dawn Hughes - they've nailed the SKRC good-time aesthetic.
South King Recreation Club is now open to the public and trades 5pm – late, Monday to Friday and from Midday on weekends. @southkingrecclub
L1, 597 King Street, Newtown, NSW 2042.
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