So exactly has changed? There have been a few changes to the laws (all of which you can read on the NSW Government’s Liquor and Gaming website), but these are the most notable ones:
- The 1.30am lockout has been removed in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct.
- Most venues with late-night licences have been able to extend their drinks time from 3am to 3.30am.
- Venues are now able to serve shots, neat spirits and all cocktails after midnight.
Some post-midnight restrictions do still apply, though — you can only buy four drinks (or one bottle of wine) at a time between midnight and 2am, and only two drinks at a time after 2am.
Listed below are the spots that have either extended their opening hours or made other changes to their offering in line with the lifting of the lockout laws. Many venues we spoke to indicated that — if licensing permits — they will look to make more changes if the area gets busier and demand is there. Remember that small bars can’t trade past 2am anyway, and haven’t been affected by the lockouts — but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t add them to your late-night itinerary.
OXFORD STREET AND SURRY HILLS
Adding new music nights: jazz on Tuesdays and blues rock on Thursdays.
Staying open an extra half-hour until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Extending opening hours another half-hour until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, and able to serve its full drinks menu all night.
Staying open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. Also hosting a 12-hour party with WeLove on Friday, January 24, which’ll run from 10am–1opm.
Staying open until 2am every night with free live music on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (as well as its Sunday jazz).
THE OXFORD HOTEL
Extending opening hours another half-hour until 3.30am every day.