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Issued: Friday, 20 January 2017
The NSW Government has announced the first live entertainment venues to gain
extensions to the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross lockout and last drinks laws.
Deputy Secretary for Liquor, Gaming and Emergency Management at the NSW
Department of Justice, Paul Newson, said CBD venues the Palace Hotel, Observer Hotel
and ArtHouse Hotel can now admit patrons until 2am and serve drinks until 3.30am.
“We expect to announce more venues soon, with Liquor & Gaming NSW assessing a
further 13 applications for the 30-minute extensions to lockouts and last drinks times,” Mr
“As venues have only been able to apply since late December and this is a busy time of
year, more applications are expected in the next few weeks. Industry feedback suggests
up to 50 venues could take advantage of the relaxed lockout and last drinks times.
“The changes are part of the Government’s commitment to creating a more vibrant
nightlife for Sydney while keeping the focus on community safety. Live entertainment
venues help provide a more diverse nightlife with less focus on alcohol consumption. Arts
NSW is leading plans to boost Sydney’s night-time economy by implementing
recommendations from a series of stakeholder roundtables held last year.”
In response to the independent statutory review of liquor laws by the Hon Ian Callinan AC
QC, the Government last month announced new measures including:
A fact sheet on the lockout relaxations is available at https://www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au/Documents/about-us/FS3042-Half-hour-exemption-for-live-entertainment-venues-fact-sheet.pdf