Unable to open a social club at the MCG itself, Melbourne admitted that they were losing out compared to other clubs by not having a social club and planned their own venue in 1983 with the $300,000 purchase of two terrace houses in Jolimont. $13,000 of the price was raised by wealthy spectators at a gala dinner.
One of the houses later became club headquarters when they were deemed too small for a licensed venue. An attempt to buy a larger building on Jolimont Street failed and the State Government's refusal to allow poker machines in Victoria meant that the plan for a social club was put on hold. The other house was sold.
The club operated venues at the Bentleigh Club and Leighoak. Leighoak opened in 1995 after $500,000 of renovations and the installation of 100 poker machines, it was sold to the Moonee Valley Racing Club for $10,650,000 in 2018.
A social club and poker machine was planned for Fawkner in 2000, but after $2.5 million had been invested in it the State Government announced that they were banning pokie licences in several council areas including Darebin.
Age - 15/09/1983
Age - 30/11/1983
Age - 04/10/1985
Age - 11/12/1994