General-ly speaking of course
CO-OWNERS of The General, Steve Pennington and Darren White describe it best when they say it has different personalities at different times of the day.
Anyone that’s been to Hotham is familiar with The General whether you have been there morning or night or for a coffee, beer, meal or to party.
Once the lifts stop turning it’s probably Hotham’s most popular venue and there’s something happening every night, generally some musician or band playing, but even on quieter nights like Tuesday a crowd still files through the doors for trivia.
“It’s a supermarket, post office or coffee shop in the morning,” White said.
“It gets a little bit busier at lunchtime, it’s quite busy in the afternoon and then really busy for dinner with families and all sorts of different people.
“At 9pm they have all left and every young person comes here and it takes on a whole different personality again.
“Even during the night it does, with the two different levels there might be electronic music upstairs and then live acoustic music downstairs.”
While it’s recognised as Hotham’s number one entertainment venue, as the home of DJ Eddy as well as regularly hosting visiting bands and acts what The General serves up in terms of entertainment, it continues to expand.
“We have tried to run a fair bit of après action this year as well as light DJing in the afternoon,” Pennington said.
“We introduced a few of our guys on staff like Mark Hogg and Benny Williams who play acoustic.
“When a swell of people come in we might pull them out of the bar or wherever and just pop them up on stage to perform for a while and people love it.”
Pennington said that’s what The General is