THERE was a time when the Launceston Workers' Club went through 27 barrels of beer a week.
Now, with a dwindling membership base, regular patrons fear the iconic Elizabeth Street club could be lost forever.
With a combined membership of almost 60 years, Lyall Smith and Trevor Leary have witnessed changes to the club.
Its current premises served as horse stables and a car garage before members spruced up the building.
``It's a nice, civilised place to have a quiet drink with friends,'' Mr Smith said.
``Everyone knows everyone.''
Manager Sam Hammersley said many people weren't aware the club was not exclusively members-only.
She said anyone was welcome to enjoy its cheap drinks, cue games and free live music, or hire the venue for free.
``We have Friday night raffles and voucher raffles,'' she said.
``We'll have to end up closing the doors if people don't get behind us.
``It'd be really sad to see the doors closed on it, it's been plodding along for years.''
The Launceston Workers' Club was first established in 1865. It is a not-for-profit organisation.