SYDNEY: Sydney publican Max Shepherd, of the Northern Club Hotel [George Street], is providing super deluxe service for patrons. It includes:
- Films in the bar.
- Tape recordings of descriptions of past sport events.
- A pianist and piano-accordionist playing and singing to lounge customers.
- Chinese and Australian food served by waiters.
- A fruit drink-serving machine for teetotallers.
Explaining the fruit drink machine, Mr. Shepherd said: “Some of my patrons looked a bit off-colour, so I put it in. It gets plenty of use.
– Warwick Daily News Monday 14 June 1954
The Northern Club Hotel opened opposite Anthony Hodern and Sons department store in George Street, Sydney in 1908. Like many Tooth & Company pubs, the facade was modernised in an art deco style in 1930.
The pub traded at 583 George Street until its closure on September 3, 1960.
The license was transferred to West Merrylands enabling the Coolibah Hotel to open on July 1 1964.
The unlicensed pub survives today (2022) and trades as a book shop.
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