The Neutral Bay Club is one of the oldest registered clubs in New South Wales, having been in continuous operation since 1882. Unfortunately, clubs in Australia have been given a bad rap in recent years. Despite its advanced age, the Neutral Bay Club is a shining example of the changing nature of sports and social clubs, offering a club experience perfectly suited to the demands of modern Australians.
Veering away from the dark, dingy decor and cramped spaces of the traditional club environment, the Neutral Bay Club's spacious open plan members' lounge and sports bar is sunny and airy, providing unrestricted viewing access to the bowling green and tennis courts through fully retractable sliding glass doors. The doors open out onto a covered, heated and wind-protected deck that extends into a sunny dining space next to the park and gardens. The club's upper level function room and balcony offers stunning views of the harbour and is a excellent spot to chill out and watch the club's sporting activities.
Ongoing renovations to the club's main function room are transforming it into a modern, multi-functional space able to accommodate formal and informal dinners and parties, host off-site meetings and training programmes, and deliver an atmospheric experience for major sporting events via its 62" screen, which is easily viewable from anywhere in the room. The members' lounge and sports bar also display sporting events on three accessibly positioned wide-screen televisions.
The club's bistro offers traditional club fare, such as schnitzels, burgers, cutlets and pizzas, alongside a number of specials reflecting the best of modern Australian dining. Quantities are always generous. Complementing the hot food and bar is a range of pastries, sandwiches, cakes and desserts, which can be washed down with coffee, tea or hot chocolate. In the summer months, the club's barbecue is also in regular use.
If you are interested in discovering what a modern club is like, come on down and have a look around.