Ipswich is spoiled for choice when it comes to clubs, here’s a list of some of the best around and what sets them apart.
Brothers Leagues Club
One year ago in June Brothers Leagues Club revealed a massive $14 million expansion project.
The work resulted in a more than 900sqm of additional floor space and was the third major development at Brothers in the past 20 years.
Now the club has had a year to settle in and develop their food, entertainment, bar and gaming offerings.
Under the guidance of executive chef Neil Smith, Shamrocks restaurant combines traditional favourites with a range of exceptional options, from a burger to a premium Wagyu steak. And members receive a 10 per cent discount throughout the club including food.
If you’re after a light meal Finns Café offers quick bites, coffee, cake and deli-style sandwiches.
There’s three bars on site, including the newly renovated members lounge that sits between Shamrocks and Finns.
Free entertainment during the day on Thursday can be found in the lounge, while Friday and Saturday nights you can rock out to great cover bands and original acts.
Jets Rugby Leagues Club
Fancy an Afterburner Burger? How about a premium hickory smoked steak? Jets Leagues Club has delicious and surprising menu items.
Living up to its name the Afterburner is not for the faint hearted, diners have to read a warning before eating this burger.
The Ipswich Jets Rugby League Football Club was incorporated in 1998 and has two bars a coffee shop, restaurant and wine on tap.
Within the heritage listed building hides a spacious modern club and a resident ghost called Harold who is said to roam the top floor of the club and reminds staff that he’s around from time to time.
Standing on a piece of North Ipswich that has been licensed since before 1880 first as the Unity Hotel, the Imperial Hotel and then the Cecil Hotel the site where Jets now stands has a long history.
The building features a lead light windowed ceiling near the corner bar and a remnant of a long by gone era with an original horse hitching point on the outside of the club.
Keep the kids occupied with a kids activity pack or watch them have fun in the Jets Cadets Play room which has four console games, TV and a blackboard.
A free courtesy bus operates 7 days a week, membership is $2 a year.
The club is open from 10am to 4am every day except Good Friday, Christmas Day and ANZAC Day when doors open at 11.30am.
Jets is home to Ipswich’s local QRL Team the Ipswich Jets coached by Ben and Shane Walker.
Club Services Ipswich
Club Services Ipswich has a long tradition in the Ipswich community. It started as the Ipswich RSL back in 1979 and then in 2015 after extensive renovations it became CSI. It still operates in the RSL tradition and is a proud member of the RSL community.
With a great kid’s room, free room hire for functions and a courtesy bus CSI ticks a lot of boxes, but it’s the amazing food and award winning customer service that the staff are most proud of.
The club recently won Best Licensed RSL/ Services (Large) Club at the Keno and Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence.
The award recognises a club that has delivered consistent, outstanding service and facilities as well as a high level of entertainment and social activity to its members and community.
CSI has been undergoing a transformation over the past three years and has grown membership from 6000 to over 40,000 social members. All it costs to join is $1 for life.
The club has three bar areas, coffee shop, restaurant and a gaming area.
At the Longhorn Bar and Grill choose from hearty steaks, chicken parmigiana, pizzas and much more.
Up to 250 people can dine in the bistro so you’ll always get a seat.
CSI also holds regular tribute shows, live entertainment, bingo, raffles and trivia.
They have a member loyalty program and state of the art Sports Bar including TAB and Keno facilities.
The onsite coffee shop serves a selection sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, tea and coffee.
As with most clubs there is a dress code, you must be clean and tidy and have sleeves, no midriffs showing, no ripped clothing and site work wear is not permitted after 6pm.
Opening hours are 10am til late every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Brookwater Golf and Country Club
With stunning views of the course and surrounding bushland the Brookwater Golf and Country Club is one to add to the list.
The award-winning public access golf course was designed by Greg Norman.
It might not be a traditional services club…but it’s still a big hitter.
Before or after your round, enjoy a delicious breakfast or long lunch in the architecturally designed clubhouse.
The club has an airy design with lots of natural light and a clean décor, the head chef creates tantalising flavours and the resident pastry chef will give you a reason to try desert.
There’s regular specials available like the business lunch, two courses and a glass of wine or beer for $29 per person Monday to Fridays.
Up to 300 guests can be accommodated at the club in a cocktail style configuration.
Goodna Services Club
Originally known as the Goodna RSL, the Goodna Services Club still upholds the traditions of before including dimming the lights as a mark of respect every night at 5pm and at 7pm the RSL Ode is recited.
It was started by Frank McGreevy a decorated World War 2 soldier. The club was completely gutted after the 2011 floods and reopened in July 2013.
It has a restaurant and sports bar with menu items including steak, burgers, seafood, pasta and pizza and more.
Social membership is $1 for life.
The club has a new kids corner, pool tables and live music every week.
A courtesy bus runs five days a week.
It is open seven days from 10am-4am except Good Friday and Christmas Day, closed until 1pm on Anzac Day.
Strict dress code including no hats, clean and neat clothing, smart casual attire in the evening, no rubber thongs after 7pm.
Location: 32 Woogaroo St, Goodna.
Ipswich Sports Club
The Ipswich Sports Club was established in 1897 and overlooks the Ipswich City Golf Club.
It offers a relaxed bar and dining experience with a warm welcome.
The restaurant has outdoor alfresco dining with a bar, function room, kids room and gaming options.
It opens seven days a week 6.30am – midnight except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
A courtesy bus operates on Fridays and Saturday, free to members and their guests.
Location: 1A Samford Rd, Leichhardt
United Sports Club
If a lazy Sunday enjoying a cocktail and a round of barefoot bowls appeals than the United Sports Club has you covered.
The club was formed back in 1948 and has retained the original bowling green and clubhouse.
The Sports Bar features a full menu from entrees including chicken wings to steaks, prawn and chorizo risotto and Caesar salad.
Location: 2 Joyce St East Ipswich.
Open from 10am- midnight 7 days a week.