relax and unwind in the heart of the Upper Hunter
Muswellbrook & District Workers Club is the friendly club where members along with their families and guests can relax and unwind in the heart of the Upper Hunter. The Club has a vibrant community feel, catering to locals & visitors alike.
Our Odeum Restaurant is known through the Hunter Valley and is eager to welcome new faces along with our beloved regulars. There are four distinct spaces, split over two levels. We cater to everything from an informal coffee and chat, an intimate dinner for two or a joyous party of twenty. There is a dedicated children’s space with state-of-the-art games to be played. Our Courtesy Bus can pick you up from your home, hotel or motel and take you home afterwards so make your next night out at Muswellbrook Workers. Come check at the Odeum, you won’t be disappointed.
Our trading hours
|Tuesday — Saturday||10AM||2AM|
|Sunday & Monday||10AM||Midnight|
|Monday – Saturday||4PM|
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chris WhiteleyGeneral Manager
Dennis SheehanVice President
A BRIEF HISTORY
In July 1952 twenty-four miners met at Elizabeth Park for the first official meeting of the Muswellbrook Workers Club. Its first home was a former auctioneer’s building; this was then converted into a reception and dance hall. The land was purchased with a deposit of £ 1,300 with the Club having to pay the remaining balance within the following three years.
The Club was granted its liquor license in 1954 with the Club being transformed from a tin shed into a brick building. The Club bought adjacent land in 1968 and the building was extended.
The Women’s Auxiliary were heavily involved in raising money for the Club and were responsible for the funding the sewerage system when the Club was extended along with furnishing the new powder room. The other important roll the Women’s Auxiliary played was in catering, this was done on a voluntary basis until such time as permanent caterers became a necessity.
In the year 2000 the Club undertook s further major renovations and extensions, costing $1.5 million that opened in September.
In 2014 the Club retired its old auditorium and in partnership with the local council and a local business opened a twin cinema, the first time such a venture had been undertaken within a club. In 2015 the Club commissioned a 100-kilowatt solar array and a new air-conditioning system significantly reducing its carbon footprint while also achieving substantial savings from its electricity bill. The Club continues to grow and is in the process of a staged refurbishment.
2018 saw the next phase of the Club’s growth get underway with the commencement of a $4,000,000.00 extension and refurbishment works adding a children’s play area, fifty extra seats in the eatery and all-day dining option.
The Club embarked on a massive refurbishment program, worth $4,500,000.00 where the restaurant was extended, a new Meeting Room was built, a children’s play area was established, new function bathrooms were installed, the Ron Adams Function Room was refurbished (which included the installation of a bar), the main Club bathrooms were gutted an refitted, the kitchen was completely remodelled, a new cocktail bar was installed and the restaurant was refitted and rebranded and an all-day café was added.
2019 also saw the purchase of the old Valley Hotel. All Gaming and Bar operations ceased with the motel services being the only offering to remain. Plans are underway to redevelop the site into a boutique accommodation venue.