Located on Coward Street, the Graphic Arts Club Mascot is a place for locals to enjoy some food, drinks and entertainment close to home.
The recently refurbished building is nice and modern, and the inside is surprisingly elegant. The club contains indoor and outdoor bars, pokies, TAB facilities, several LED screens for sports, a restaurant, and multiple indoor and outdoor (including smoking) seating areas. There are even computers with free Internet for those with the sudden urge to surf the net.
There are different forms of entertainment depending on the day of the week, including bingo, raffles and live bands. The club also caters for functions of all sorts, such as weddings, boardrooms, wakes and more.
If you live within 5km you must be a member or member's guest. Membership only costs $12 a year or $22 for five years. If you're from outside that radius, you can enter as a temporary member.
Guests vary from couples having a quiet drink, to small families having a bite to eat, to people playing a round on the pokies and men watching a game and betting. While there's generally more of an older crowd, young faces can also be spotted in the place as well. On Friday afternoons you can usually see some businessmen having a drink or two on the balcony.
The atmosphere is generally relaxed, and with no threatening personalities (though this may change depending on who decides to show up or have one too many) you can be sure to have an enjoyable night.
Lunch and dinner are available in the restaurant (inside or outside on the Terrace bar) or in the general seating area, if you're after more of a casual meal. Entrées range from $6.50 to $8, and mains range from $18.50 to $30. As soon as you're done eating, you receive the bill and a quirky fortune cookie that not only gives you the usual generic word of advice but also cleverly gives you a hard-to-resist offer. For example, 'show this proverb to our bar staff and receive two house drinks for the price of one'.
Finding the place is easy as the club is situated right next to the Greek Orthodox Church on Coward Street, across the road from a park. For those catching a bus, there's a 400 bus stop right out the front, and for those getting in by train, it's just around a 10 minute walk away.