In good news for Sydney’s nightlife, Oxford Street mainstay and prominent LGBTIQ ally the Burdekin Hotel has scored a lockout exemption that moves last entry from 1.30am to 2am and last drinks from 3am to 3.30am.
A home for underground and techno events such as WeLove, Spektrum, and monthly emo party AM//PM, The Burdekin has qualified for the NSW government’s (very slight) exemption for clubs with a “proven history of supporting the arts and cultural sector”. It joins venues such as Chinese Laundry, The World Bar, and initial beneficiaries The Palace Hotel, Observer Hotel and ArtHouse Hotel.
“We’re excited to join the list of Oxford St venues recognised for their dedication to Keeping Sydney Open, and restoring vibrancy to what is one of our most diverse entertainment precincts,” venue manager Aran Tanaka Van de Ven said. “In the uphill battle to maintain Sydney’s nightlife economy, in a tourism destination that draws people from cities that don’t go out until well after midnight, this lockout extension will help us offer the experiences they expect when coming to our global city.”
“It comes at an exciting time as we showcase our Vivid Music 2017 program, and build upon our reputation for high-caliber, underground music – continuing with our offering of House & Techno, while exploring other electronic styles such as DnB and UK Garage, and more recently playing host to live bands.”
Keep Sydney Open’s Tyson Koh has welcomed the small win, while acknowledging that a 30-minute extension to 2am entry is still kind of garbage:
“The Burdekin is a fantastic venue and it’s great to see them join the list of venues allowed to trade later,” Koh said. “Of course, they should never have been restricted in the first place, but the extra 30 minutes is a step in the right direction.
“You can bet that Keep Sydney Open will continue pushing until we have more adult closing times once again.”
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