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There's Now A Petition To Directly Protest Qld's Planned Lockout Laws

There's Now A Petition To Directly Protest Qld's Planned Lockout Laws | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Queensland-based Liberal MP Teresa Gambaro has initiated a Change.org petition rallying the state's citizens against the Labor government's planned changes to existing lockout legislation.


According to Gambaro, "up to 6000 jobs and $150 million" are in the balance as the Palaszczuk government continues its protracted efforts to usher through new state-wide lockout conditions that will essentially see shots and cocktails off the menu after midnight, with venues forced to close their doors at 1am, and pubs and nightclubs following suit at 3am.


The petition has swiftly gathered momentum among the Qld nightlife industry, particularly in the south-east of the state. Crowbar owner Trad Nathan was quick to sign against the lockout laws, explaining that his venue has been without violent incident for four years.


The petition has, at the time of writing, gathered more than 900 signatures and counting, with a solid 500 of those coming within the past four hours.


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Magic with smoky flavour

Magic with smoky flavour | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

The wizards behind Cheeky Little Tailor in Adelaides Peel Street have teamed with chef Matthew Standen to create Pink Moon Saloon, a well, it defies description really. Small bar? Wine bar? Restaurant? Hot sandwich shop? Chargrill ?Its all of those things and a bit more.


Named for the final album by Nick Drake — patron saint of hipsters — Pink Moon ­Saloon promises “romance and adventure” wrapped in the kind of kinfolk lodge aesthetic that wouldn’t feel out of place in the ­Pacific Northwest or the Outback.


PMS is a little bit of magic in Leigh Street, the church city’s cobblestoned lane of restaurants and cafes, leather goods and dusty map shops, hair and tattoo studios linked through alleys of pubs and wine bars to Peel Street between the sleaze of Hindley and business of Currie streets. Just 4m wide, this former rubbish bin area has been transformed into two blackbutt-lined hunting/camping/bush cabins with an interconnecting courtyard. Just like the bar in Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, its discreet entrance is signage free; swing the door and you’ll find a front bar packed to the gunwales with Those In The Know hunched over foaming craft beers or wines from a tightly-curated-by-the-glass list.



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Urban dwellers increasingly choosing craft over regular beer

Urban dwellers increasingly choosing craft over regular beer | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Australian urban dwellers are choosing craft beer over regular beer new data compiled by mobile payment app Clipp has revealed.


The analysis was drawn from beer-purchase data over the September and October 2015 period and focused on five beer categories: craft, regular, cider, low-alcohol and special diet. The data was taken from Clipp’s 55,000-strong customer base which spans across 600+ establishments Australia-wide.


The data revealed that urban areas led the craft beer charge with craft beer accounting for 45 per cent of all purchases nationally, with regular beer coming in second at 40 per cent. Melbourne had the highest percentage of craft beer purchases (55 per cent) against just 34 per cent of regular beer purchases. Perth comes in second, with 48 per cent of craft purchases and regular beer at 35 per cent, and Sydney third with 46 per cent of craft beer purchases and regular beer at 39 per cent. 

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Drinkers give craft beer cold shoulder

Drinkers give craft beer cold shoulder | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

DARWINITES  are bucking the trend when it comes to craft beer, reaching for old favourites over speciality brews in the lead-up to Christmas.


Research by clipp.co found Darwin residents consumed the least amount of craft beer at pubs and restaurants of all Australian capital cities.


Just 16 per cent of purchases were of craft beers such as Little Creatures and James Squires. Regular beers were chosen 65 per cent of the time in September and October.


Coopers was the favourite, followed by Carlton Draught and XXXX.

Darwin’s Irish population have no doubt played a role in the imported Guinness brew coming in as the fourth favourite regular beer in town, while Hahn rounded out the top five.

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Where is Sydney’s best craft beer bar?

Where is Sydney’s best craft beer bar? | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

HIPSTERS in Sydney may love their craft beers, but they have a long way to go to find the best place to grab a great crafted brew outside of Sydney’s inner suburbs.


The Winston was named the best pub in the state for boutique beer at the Australian Hospitality Association NSW awards.


The Winston Hills-based pub has more than a dozen craft beers on offer.


Licensee Khim Poudel said pub patrons were snubbing mainstream lagers for boutique brews.


“I would say Aussies are beer snobs and the micro breweries are driving it. They are giving us more choices with flavours and styles,” he said.


“Craft brewers are focusing their time on taste and quality making it better product, resulting in a boom within the industry.

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Sydney’s 11 best hidden bars

Sydney’s 11 best hidden bars | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

It’s the festive time of year where many of us feel as though our livers may explode but the cheer takes hold time and time again and we find ourselves at yet another delightful Sydney bar ringing in the Christmas cheer.


It leads us to ponder where all these Christmas shenanigans are taking place.


A long time ago in a city called Sydney, being seen was the ‘it’ thing.

Whether at the latest club opening or where that celebrity was spotted that time, even where the largest line was.


Well not any more ... the Sydney scene is evolving and becoming a rival with our cultural counterpart Melbourne for a place that boasts some of the best hidden bars in the country.

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Victorian liquor regulator recommends pubs and clubs ban shots on New Year’s Eve

Victorian liquor regulator recommends pubs and clubs ban shots on New Year’s Eve | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

SHOTS would be banned at pubs and clubs this New Year’s Eve under a recommendation from the state’s liquor regulator.


Venues would also limit the number of drinks revellers could consume.


And liquor inspectors will be out in force to crack down on rogue operators serving minors and drunks.


The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has advocated no shots and double shots among voluntary measures venues can implement to tackle alcohol-related harm on the year’s biggest party night.


Replacing glasses with plastic cups, ticketing events to control patron numbers, promoting free drinking water and placing limits on the number of alcoholic drinks a patron can have are also encouraged.

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New SA liquor rules: Pubs, bars, clubs banned from serving shots from 2am

New SA liquor rules: Pubs, bars, clubs banned from serving shots from 2am | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

HAPPY hours held after midnight are under threat as the State Government has announced it will ban venues from serving free alcohol from that time.


The Government’s final response to the review of the Late Night Code will also result in shots and other drinks that promote excessive drinking will be banned from 2am.


The current 3am lockout remains in place Acting Premier John Rau said the upcoming review of the state’s entire suite of liquor laws would consider whether a change was required.


Under questioning, Liquor Commissioner Dini Soulio said his office would consider how happy hours fit into these new rules and whether two-for-ones and other drink specials would be affected by the new rules.


In a compromise deal, Mr Rau dropped plans to require metal detectors, CCTV and plastic glassware to be used in venues open past 2am. These safety requirements would only be required in venues open past 3am.

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Longer WA pub hours increase risk of drink-fuelled violence

Longer WA pub hours increase risk of drink-fuelled violence | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Christmas revellers who hit bars and clubs with extended hours could be dramatically increasing their chances of becoming victims of alcohol-related violence according to a national report.


The National Drug Research Institute found the risk of injury was a staggering eight times higher in venues with longer trading hours.


And further extending the trading hours of Perth's licensed premises would result in more people with alcohol-related injuries presenting at metropolitan emergency departments.

Late last month WA introduced longer Sunday opening hours, pushing back closing time for pubs, taverns and small bars from 10pm to midnight while nightclubs can now trade until 2am on Monday morning. 


One of the leading researchers said that longer trading hours was a "political hot potato".


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Sydney's best pubs and clubs for craft beer

Sydney's best pubs and clubs for craft beer | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Even bowling clubs are coming around to flavoursome offerings from boutique brewers.


Pubs in Sydney that aren't pouring at least one craft beer are behind the times in 2015. Craft is everywhere and even bowling clubs, the spiritual home of mainstream beer like VB and Tooheys, are coming around to deliciousness offered by local craft brews.


Some venues do have more individual taps than the ones listed here, but a good beer offering should be about quality not quantity. You also want a place where you can relax and take a load off, and all these boozers tick that very important box.


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‘Why we don’t want small bars at the Bay’

‘Why we don’t want small bars at the Bay’ | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

GLENELG nightspots are bracing for small bars popping up at the Bay.


Some licenced eateries have hit back at Holdfast Bay Council for preparing a small bars policy with the aim to encourage the State Government to allow licences to be issued outside of the Adelaide CBD.


It followed Planning Minister John Rau’s decision in June to hold off on allowing small venue licences — which limit the number of patrons to 120 and operate at the same time as pubs and nightclubs — to be granted outside of the city for at least a year.

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Eclectic small bar scene brings benefits

Eclectic small bar scene brings benefits | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
Dialling back the ability for small bars to open will undermine the gains made by this very sensible law.


Western Australia has benefited significantly from the introduction of small bar licences by the previous Labor state government.


Under the former regulations, lobbying by major hoteliers and other licence holders had created a stagnant environment where venues had little incentive to innovate or change.


This had shifted investment towards bigger outlets with a one-size-fits-all approach, typically the lowest common denominator The ownership, as a result, was further from the customer.

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Cheers it’s Beer Lovers Week

Cheers it’s Beer Lovers Week | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
AN idea that fittingly started in a North Hobart bar two years ago is now part of a State Government program — welcome to the third annual Beer Lovers Week.


The week, running from today until next Saturday, was about celebrating the bars, pubs, restaurants breweries and venues that bring a variety of beers to Hobart.

People can take part in 25 events such as meet the brewer nights, trivia nights, tap takeovers, beer breakfasts, a beer inspired art competition or even try beer inspired food matching dinners. It had grown from 10 events in 2013.

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Jupiters Casino opens The Garden Kitchen and Bar

Jupiters Casino opens The Garden Kitchen and Bar | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

The transformation of Jupiter's on the Gold Coast continues, with the casino aiming to attract customers for its dining rather than just its blackjack table.


Fine Japanese diner Kiyomi, headed by executive chef Chase Kojima, opened at Jupiters on the Gold Coast in December 2014 and picked up a hat at the 2016 Brisbane Times Good Food Guide awards. The Jupiters group this week launched another new venue within the casino complex as part of the ongoing $365 million dollar redevelopment that will include an array of restaurants and bars and the construction of a new six-star luxury all-suite tower, operational for the Gold Coast  2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Garden Kitchen & Bar replaces former venue The PA pub in an open-plan "garden" setting with, unusually for a casino, an outdoor bar, conservatory and lawn area.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, the menu is a typical globally influenced modern menu designed to please all. The 350-seat venue taps into the "local" ethos with dishes using produce like Mooloolaba spanner crab, Queensland prawns and herbs from the casino's own kitchen garden.



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‘Old-timers' remember a different era at pubs

‘Old-timers' remember a different era at pubs | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

PAUL Baxter recalls the days when pubs closed early and men fought face to face, then had a beer together afterwards.


"I've always been in hospitality, since 1974," Mr Baxter said.

"I remember as a young fella pubs used to close at 6pm. (People) used to finish work at 4-4.30pm and they used to race to the bar to get your alcohol before 6pm.


"6pm was a little early... they talk about binge-drinking, but back then people were coming in and buying six to 10 beers and making pigs of themselves, because they knew it was a 6pm close."


With new laws proposed for Queensland, including a 1am lockout and alcohol service ending at 3am for areas in safe night precincts, Mr Baxter was unsure of what positive change that will have.

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Trendy Nitro beer emerging as beer industry’s new frontier

Trendy Nitro beer emerging as beer industry’s new frontier | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

The quest of all brewers to showcase new frontiers in beer to satisfy change-seeking beer drinkers has the answer in trendy nitro beer. Unlike the common place beers that ooze out carbon dioxide as the fizz, nitro beer, as the name suggests, has nitrogen for the fizz with its smaller bubbles for a creamier beer.


For the sophisticated beer lover, nitro beer’s bubbles create a cascading effect that is simply enchanting. That feeling was high in the air at the recently held Left Hand Brewing Nitro Fest in Longmont.


The highlight of the event was the beer list, which was amazingly diverse—with no monopoly for stouts and porters for a special nitro treatment. There was great variety - blood orange ale, kriek, dunkel weiss, Belgian dark strong, winter ale, red ale and plenty of IPAs.


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Sydney pubs in for licensing blitz

Sydney pubs in for licensing blitz | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Sydney pubs and clubs are to be targeted in a liquor licensing blitz.

Police and government officers will swoop on venues across the city in coming weeks in a bid to crack down on booze-fuelled violence, deputy premier Troy Grant says.


The crackdown comes after a 38-year-old man was seriously injured in an assault at a south Sydney hotel on Friday night.


The man remains in hospital after allegedly being placed in a headlock at a Ramsgate pub after midnight and punched several times.


A 52-year-old man suspected of waging the violent attack initially fled the scene but is now assisting police with their inquiries.


Mr Grant said venues across the city and state would be targeted in the blitz, as well as licensed vessels on Sydney Harbour.

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Will shots be BANNED on New Year's Eve?

Will shots be BANNED on New Year's Eve? | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Shots on New Year's Eve could be banned at pubs and clubs in a bid to curb violence under a recommendation put forward by liquor regulators.


Restricting drinks, including no shots or double shots, and limiting the number of drinks per person are among the voluntary measures bars have been asked to implement in Victoria for New Year's Eve celebrations.


The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has warned liquor licensees there would be inspectors out in force to catch out those serving drinks to drunk people and those who are under age.


Replacing glasses with plastic cups and promoting free and easily accessible drinking water are also recommended to reduce violence.


'Victoria boasts a vibrant hospitality and tourism industry, with events such as New Year's Eve bringing many people out to celebrate. However, with such festive events comes a higher level of patron, staff and community risk,' a spokesman from the regulator said.


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Avocado beer 'proving popular' in WA

Avocado beer 'proving popular' in WA | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

A brewery in WA's South West says a new craft beer made from avocados is going down a treat with locals.


It is not green, and it does not taste like guacamole, but a new craft beer made from avocados is apparently going down a treat with locals in the Western Australian town of Yallingup.

A local brewery has taken the fruit, which is grown in abundance in the region, and turned it into beer.


Daniel Wind runs the Bushshack Brewery in Yallingup in the South West, specialising in flavoured beers.


Mr Wind made the beer as an experiment for the state's inaugural Avocado Festival last month, but said it was such a hit, he planned to make more.

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Christmas in a glass: gin and cocktail tips

Christmas in a glass: gin and cocktail tips | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Small bar proprietor and ardent spirit enthusiast Marcus Motteram shares tips for mixing gin and making cocktails for the festive season.


It’s almost 12 months since Hains & Co dropped anchor in Gilbert Place, bringing Adelaide a maritime-themed bar specialising in bespoke gin and rum.


In a small city that’s seen much new bar action since Christmas last year, you could say that proprietor Marcus Motteram is considered one of Adelaide’s top-shelf gin and rum specialists.


Motteram has years of experience running bars in Sydney and Melbourne. He is generous of spirit, and an engaging barman who has great respect for the products he works with, suggesting we need to put a little more thought into our next pour at home.

“If you don’t have time for mixing cocktails, you can make a simple G&T pop by using the right combination of gin, tonic and garnish,” says Motteram.


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Sixteen Sydney pubs granted exemption to lockout laws

Sixteen Sydney pubs granted exemption to lockout laws | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Sixteen pubs and nightclubs have been granted exemptions for the 1.30am lockout laws, but there's a catch: the vast majority have agreed to not sell alcohol during the period.


The trade-off is that alcohol cannot be sold after 1.30am but customers can still enter to play poker machines.


Under laws introduced last year for CBD and Kings Cross venues at high risk of alcohol-related violence, patrons cannot enter a premises after 1.30am and alcohol service must cease at 3am.

The Liquor Act says an exemption can be granted but only with conditions that "will be more effective in reducing the risk of alcohol-related violence in or about the declared premises concerned".


Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing data show 14 venues granted the exemption to the 1.30am lockout rule are in the CBD entertainment precinct and two are in Kings Cross.


The Albion Place hotel in George Street has agreed to not sell alcohol from 1.30am, on conditions that customers cannot buy more than two drinks at a time between 1am – 1.30am, and a range of security measures.



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Canberra's beer scene: Why 2015 is one of the best years for craft brewing

Canberra's beer scene: Why 2015 is one of the best years for craft brewing | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

The capital's beer world had a lot of movers and shakers this year, and perhaps the best is yet to come as it will have plenty of wind in its sails for 2016.


In 2015 Canberra consolidated its position as Australia's beer capital, despite seeing in the new year with one less brewery than in 2014. The Wig and Pen, the oldest of Canberra's three brewpubs, had vacated its city of home of over 20 years on October 30. But on January 12, 2015, it reopened a few blocks away at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.


As the Wig settled into its new home, other players planned for the year ahead. Canberra's Kevin Hingston, Australian champion amateur brewer, plotted the launch of Canberra's fourth beer brand, the Pact Beer Co.


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Council to consider impact of stand-up bars

Council to consider impact of stand-up bars | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

NEW laws allowing patrons to drink alcohol while standing up outside pubs might increase “disruptive behaviour” around suburban night spots, a Charles Sturt Council report says.


The State Government has scrapped a requirement for patrons to be seated while drinking in outdoor areas at pubs and restaurants, under changes to liquor licensing laws.


Licensees previously faced $1200 fines if people were caught standing and drinking in outdoor dining areas inside their premise.

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Small venues, major change to bar culture

Small venues, major change to bar culture | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Perth’s small bar scene is evolving into one of the nation’s most vibrant, but red tape is returning as an issue despite a proliferation of venues.


Those who dwell in Australia's eastern capitals have often dismissed Perth as quaint or behind the times compared with their heaving metropoles.


Sniping comments of that nature are fast becoming less relevant, however, as Perth's nightlife scene transforms from one plagued by binge drinking and anti-social behaviour into an increasingly sophisticated and diverse experience.

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This Australian Capital City Just Got Longer Late-Night Drinking Hours

This Australian Capital City Just Got Longer Late-Night Drinking Hours | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
Perth venues will have longer late-night trading hours thanks to a range of changes to the state's liquor laws


While other Australian capital cities are doing their best to crack down on the offensive practice of being out late at night (because as we all know, any decent, self-respecting citizen is in bed before the start of NCIS), Perth is taking the opposite route.


As WA Today reports, the western capital has basically just passed the Sunday Session into law, endorsing the weekend’s time-honoured last hurrah by extending late night trading hours on Sundays from 10pm  to midnight for pubs, and 2am for nightclubs.



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