New alcohol laws now in place

1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks laws have now come into force across a new Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct.

The new precinct stretches from parts of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst to The Rocks, and from Kings Cross to Cockle Bay.

The new laws are part of the NSW Government's crackdown on drug and alcohol-fuelled violence and also include a NSW-wide ban on takeaway alcohol sales after 10pm.

New precinct laws include:

  • Lock outs and last drinks: 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks at hotels, registered clubs, nightclubs and licenced karaoke bars. Small bars (maximum 60 people), most restaurants and tourism accommodation establishments are exempt. Venues currently licensed to stay open after 3am can do so without alcohol service.
  • Temporary bans: of 48 hours for troublemakers.
  • Takeaway alcohol sales: stop at 10pm for bottle shops, hotels and clubs. This law is NSW-wide.
  • Liquor licenses: two year freeze on approvals for new and existing licenses.
  • Revoking of Competency cards and disqualifications: (up to 12 months) for bar staff breaching responsible service of alcohol requirements.
  • Licensee fines: of up to $11,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months, as well as strikes under the Government's Three Strikes disciplinary scheme for failure to comply with the new laws.
Map of Sydney CBD Entertainment PrecinctThe new CBD Entertainment Precinct

Free buses from Kings Cross to the CBD connect with existing NightRide services after 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. NSW Police and inspectors will be out ensuring compliance with the new measures.

The NSW Government is committed to working with the community and industry to address drug and alcohol fuelled violence and to make your night out safer.

Alcohol initiatives in detail

Read more about the NSW Government’s Alcohol and Drug Fuelled Violence Initiatives or download the PDF.

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