Seven more venues in Sydney’s lock out zones are being allowed to open until 3.30am

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The NSW Government has continued to relax the trading hours for some venues inside Sydney lock out zones, allowing seven more venues in the CBD and Kings Cross to let in patrons until 2am and serve drinks until 3.30am.

The catch for the venues involved is that they must provide live music, as specified in the government’s review last year.

The government began a two-year trial of a 30-minute extension to both the lock out and closing times at the start of the year, and 27 venues are now involved.

The Potts Point Hotel (formerly Sugar Mill) and Kings Cross Hotel in Kings Cross, Merivale’s Establishment and Slip Inn hotels in the CBD, and the Burdekin Hotel, ARQ Sydney, The Cliff Dive and Kinselas in the Oxford St precinct are the seven venues added to the trading extension list.

Venues wanting extended trading have to demonstrate a focus on live entertainment to Liquor & Gaming NSW, which takes into account feedback from NSW Police and the venue’s record of compliance with liquor laws.

Minister Paul Toole said a small number of venues have had their applications declined due to their compliance record.