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Small Bars Legislation Introduced to Parliament

14 Apr Posted by in Industry News | Comments Off

Minister for Hospitality, George Souris, on 20 February 2013, introduced legislation to allow a new category of liquor licence specifically for small bars.

Known as the Liquor Amendment (Small Bars) Bill 2013, the initiative is part of the NSW Government’s strategy to reduce alcohol-related violence in Kings Cross and to allow people throughout NSW to enjoy a smaller setting

“The Government is fulfilling a promise made last September to create a new class of ‘small bars’ with a maximum of 60 patrons as part of the Kings Cross Plan of Management which encourages investment and diversity for the industry,” Mr Souris said.

“The purpose of the new licence is to provide an alternative for patrons who prefer a small, intimate venue and a quiet night out. The introduction of a small bar licence also recognises that larger venues which attract significant numbers of patrons can contribute to alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour”.

Mr Souris pointed out that for the first time there will be a legal definition of a small bar and this legislation would limit it to 60 patrons.

“The legislation will cover the entire state and small bars will be exempt from the liquor licence freezes in Kings Cross and Darlinghurst, however small bars established in the expanded Kings Cross Precinct and in Darlinghurst, will be licensed to serve alcohol until midnight. They will however, be able to apply to the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) to stay open for an extra two hours (2am).

Contact us to discuss the implications the new laws may have on your licence application. We can ensure the requirements of the new laws are taken into account and managed with due care.