Kristy Symonds from PerthNow has written an article outlining the push for Perth’s small bars to be allowed to trade until 4am – like they do in Melbourne and New York.
Australian Hotels Association state chief executive Bradley Woods said small bars were safer because of a high staff-to-client ratio. While many nightclubs can remain open until 6am on certain nights, small bars must shut at midnight, with only four approved until 1am.
“In cities such as Melbourne and New York, small bars are open until 4am, providing an alternative for people who wish to enjoy a night out without having to go to a large nightclub,” Mr Woods said.
“We would like these same opportunities for venues and patrons available in Perth.”
Health advocates say small bars are a safer late-night alternative to the “drinking barns” in the city that have become hot spots for binge-drinking and assaults. Australian Medical Association state president David Mountain said he did not want more big drinking establishments open because of the associated violence.
“When there’s a choice in a particular area, you would think that small bars are preferable because it’s less likely people will cause trouble and more likely they will be drinking sensibly and it will be a meeting place for friends in a convivial atmosphere,”he said.
“That’s the way alcohol should be used – in moderation, and for people to have a good time, but not a stupid (aggressive) time.”