Two of Sydney’s most popular bars get exemptions from lockout laws
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The state government has approved applications for two of Sydney’s favourite bars to remain open for an additional half hour.
World Bar in Kings Cross and Stonewall on Oxford St will be allowed later trading hours, the first exemptions in the area since the lockout laws were relaxed in December last year.
The venues will now be able to admit patrons until 2.00am (rather than 1.30am) and serve last drinks at 3.30am (instead of 3.00am).
It comes just weeks after The Observer Hotel (in The Rocks) and the Arthouse Hotel and Palace Hotel were allowed exemptions.
In a statement, the deputy secretary of the Justice Department:
"Industry feedback suggests up to 50 venues could take advantage of the relaxed lockout and last drinks times."
"Live entertainment venues help provide a more diverse nightlife with less focus on alcohol consumption."
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