HISTORY of THE SPOT

The building at 133 Sydney Road Brunswick was originally the Phoenix Hotel, but was bought by the Storemen and Packers Union (the precurser to the NUW), who decided in 1973 to rename it after the then trade union supremo (and future prime minister and local federal MP) Bob Hawke.

Hence in May 1973, the recently elected Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam ventured out to Brunswick to officially open the renamed hotel. He expounded the fact that it was the only hotel in the southern hemisphere owned by a trade union.

This did cause problems for one State Labor Minister who was connected with the Storemen and Packers, and who had to resign from the Cain ministry in 1983 after he had continued to sign cheques on behalf of the holding company which owned the hotel for the union after he had left the company's board.

The union sold the hotel sometime in the late 1980s, and by 1989 (while Bob Hawke was still both PM and local MP with a rarely visited electoral office just down the road), it had been renamed the Candy Shop Tavern, and painted pink. A sign of the times, perhaps.

After a short lived run as the Candy Shop Tavern it then became The Paris Tavern (1992 ish). The Paris ran for about 12 years as a nightclub then as a Greek Bouzouki venue in its twilight years.

In 2004 The Spot was born!

Notice: The Spot has Closed.