It's an unassuming country pub from the outside – huge Carlton Draught branding, a fairly new paint job and a flashing neon 'Open' sign in the window.

But on the inside, it's receiving an injection of pure fabulousness by two of the world's most glamorous television designers.

The Queer Eye team have hit Yass for their signature makeover show. Antoni Porowski, left, and Bobby Berk are making over the Club House Hotel.

Photo: Karleen Minney

Bobby Berk and Antoni Porowski, stars of Netflix makeover show Queer Eye, are spending most of the day on Wednesday inside Yass's Club House Hotel, filming material for an upcoming season of the reality show.

It is understood the Queer Eye stars are making over a room in the pub, including inserting a cosy new fireplace.

One thing's for sure – with Berk and Porowski in charge of the overhaul, you'll likely see bare walls traded for stunning textured wallpaper, and chicken schnitzel and beer replaced with clean-eating salads and sangrias. Berk is an interior design guru, while Porowski is the show's resident food and wine adviser.


According to a Netflix spokesperson, the makeover kings chose to film in Yass as its name matches to one of the boys' favourite sayings: yaass. Yaass is a drawn out version of 'yes', used in modern venacular when something is amazing, inspiring and incredible.

In a quick interview with Fairfax Media outside the Club House Hotel, on their way to grab coffee at Comur Street cafe Kaffeine, Berk and Porowski said they were loving Australia.

"It's my first time here," Berk said.

All five members of the Queer Eye cast are in Yass today filming content for season three of the Netflix original series (series two drops on June 15).

But the fab five have split up, with Berk and Porowski working on renovations at the Club House while Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France and Koroma Brown filming on location at a "private property".

Netflix called out for men looking for a fashion overhaul on Facebook page Yass Buy Swap Sell about two months ago, and held auditions at the Club House itself a month ago.

Florist and gift shop owner Cheryl Storgie said the arrival of the 'fab five' was all anyone in town could talk about.

Photo: Karleen Minney

With camera crews spotted at the local fire station this morning, the town is abuzz with rumours that the lucky man being made over is a Yass firefighter who has lived in the small town all his life.

"If it is him, he absolutely deserves it. It's a beautiful story," one Yass resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

If Yass expected the Queer Cast to arrive in a splash of glitter, rainbows and amazing hair on Wednesday they were wrong. The stars are being heavily guarded by Netflix production staff and many of the town's residents – including council staff and business owners – have been forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

A Netflix production spokesperson said all filming was happening indoors today and that a rumoured meet and greet with the people of Yass was not happening.

What is confirmed is an event at 5pm between Yass Valley Tourism and the fab five. Details have not been disclosed.

Bree Winchester

Bree Winchester is a senior life and entertainment reporter at The Canberra Times

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