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6 February 2020

Ministerial media release: Pop-up licence helps bring Liverpool laneway to life

The NSW Government’s new pop-up liquor licence is supporting a community event with food, drinks and music in Liverpool’s Scott Street laneway this February.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said these types of licences support Sydney’s vibrancy and strike just the right balance between flexibility and oversight.

“The NSW Government’s pop-up liquor licences allow micro-bars to link in to gigs, art shows, street fairs and restaurants, activating spaces when they need it and providing ongoing business opportunities for small hospitality operators,” Mr Dominello said.

“These licences make it much easier for small businesses to participate in the night-time economy and they’re available for both indoor and outdoor spaces for up to six weeks.

“Small operator liquor licences have the potential to reshape Sydney’s entertainment landscape, creating temporary hubs for unique dining and social experiences as well as supporting established venues to offer more diverse events.”

Mayor of Liverpool Wendy Waller said the laneway event is part of Liverpool City Council’s Love Livo Nights pop-up series, which aims to enhance the city’s cultural landscape and provides working professionals, residents, students and visitors with a unique evening experience.

The pop-up series is majority funded by the NSW Government, under the Activate Sydney@Night program, and is held from 5pm – 8pm at a new Liverpool CBD location on the first Thursday of every month.

“Love Livo Nights provides great after-work entertainment and gives local businesses we’ve partnered with a chance to trial activation ideas, new menu items and extended trading hours,” Mayor Waller said.

“The pop-up liquor licence is ideal for events such as Love Livo Nights and supports Council’s plans to create a vibrant night-time economy.”

While Liquor & Gaming NSW is still trialling the licence, more applications from small businesses are encouraged.

Pop-up bars ran at The Rocks throughout January and David Jones utilised the licence over the Christmas period, treating in-store shoe-shoppers to a pop-up champagne bar. The licence was also used to support a rolling schedule of launch events around the Darling Square Precinct.

Liquor & Gaming NSW is currently trialling a free small bars licence conversion and a micro-breweries and small distilleries licence, both of which were expanded across NSW and will be evaluated later this year.

MEDIA: William Sparling │Minister Dominello│ 0408 576 636