The NSW Government has continued its relaxation of the state liquor trading laws with the granting a seven new late-night trading extensions for live entertainment venues.

This brings the total number of venues in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross region that can admit patrons until 2am and serve drinks until 3.30am to 26.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said: “Extended trading is providing more diverse entertainment options for locals and visitors to enjoy.

“I’m really pleased with the strong industry response to the NSW Government’s relaxation of liquor laws in Kings Cross and the CBD.

The latest venues to gain later trading are: Hudson Ballroom, Side Bar and Hilton Hotel (CBD); Orient Hotel (The Rocks); and Courthouse Hotel, Della Hyde and Colombian Hotel (Oxford St).

“The requirement for venues seeking extensions to have an emphasis on live entertainment has created more work opportunities for musicians and other entertainers,” Minister Toole added.

The latest extensions follow the lifting of drinks restrictions for small bars in the CBD and Kings Cross, allowing them to sell spirits straight or on the rocks after midnight.

The Gaslight Inn in the Oxford St precinct has been exempted from the 1.30am lockout on the condition it stops serving alcohol at this time.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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