Kings Cross Staple World Bar Approved for Extended Lockout Hours
The iconic party bar will serve teapots a little longer.
Following the controversial Callinan Review into the bandaid solution that is the NSW lockout laws, the State Government announced in January that selected venues would be allowed to extend their trading hours for half an hour. Tonight, that promise comes good as legendary leisure spot, The World Bar, opens for that little bit longer.
Although the half-hour extension in trading hours can be seen as measly, it's a small step towards restoring Sydney's nightlife economy. Venues approved for later trading hours will have their lockout moved from 1.30am to 2am, and last drinks will be pushed back to 3.30am, instead of 3am.
The relaxation of the laws is part of a two-year trial period, with The World Bar being the first venue approved to enact the new trading hours. Stonewall, The Palace Hotel, ArtHouse Hotel, and the Observer Hotel have also been approved, with no word on when they'll take the option of opening for longer, though one would imagine it would be as swiftly as humanly possible. 15 other venues are also having their applications for longer trading hours assessed at the moment.
While the laws have been relaxed to a certain degree, strong efforts are still pushing for further reviews and relaxations of the controversial legislation. On Saturday, Keep Sydney Open have organised another rally in Martin Place from 12pm to protest against the unpopular and economically damaging lockout laws, after their most recent peaceful assembly was shut down by police before it even started.