The Newtown Workers Club opened officially last weekend and is making us think back to the old days when it was known as the Rob Roy. One of Melbourne’s classic live music venues, it featured a stage with a sweeter than sweet mirror wall behind it. This made everyone who played there feel like a tough Robert Palmer (or was it just me?).

Now re-opened with a new name and a new, slightly Scandinavian design scheme, the Newtown has managed to retain much of it’s old charm. The interior, lined with timber paneling and illuminated with soft lighting, makes for comfortable drinking. All the usual beers are on tap and most importantly, you can still buy it by the jug.

It’s sad when things don’t stay the same but the Newtown still has plenty of spirit and promises to be a casual, reliable watering hole. What more does anyone need?