Licensing Authorities Refuse Liquor Licence to Sydney Operator

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A Sydney operator has been refused a liquor licence by licencing authorities in the state because of a history of sly grogging, drunken brawls and sex on the premises being reported in the past.

It appears the problem came about because the venue misrepresented itself as a venue for games such as pool, electronic games and DVDs but police discovered multiple patrons consuming alcohol on the premises.

An employee of the venue also admitted to supplying alcohol to patrons despite not having a liquor licence. In a separate incident police observed patrons engaging in sexual activity on the premises in 2 separate rooms.

The third incident, a street brawl thought to have started by patrons of the venue occurred in November last year. The patrons involved were intoxicated from alcohol obtained at the venue.

However new management has apparently been appointed as well as new directors and shareholders taking control of the business however authorities still were not satisfied after discovering the person applying for the liquor licence was also involved with the business previously.

This post from explains what happened:

The Secret Room on George St supposedly traded as a haven for “game playing activity”, with pool tables, electronic games and DVD facilities available on the premises.

But the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) heard that in October last year, police attended the premises and identified numerous patrons consuming alcohol including spirits, rice wine and beer.

The duty manager told police she had sold and supplied this alcohol to the patrons in spite of admitting she was aware that the premises had no liquor licence.

In another incident police conducted an inspection and observed patrons having sex on the premises in two separate rooms.

And in November last year, police were required to attend a street brawl between “extremely intoxicated” patrons who had been drinking inside the venue.

Blue Ketchup Pty Ltd, a newly established entity, recently converted the venue into a restaurant and sought to obtain a liquor licence arguing that the previous “incompetent” managers had been replaced with “totally new” directors and shareholders.


The ILGA was not convinced by the argument that the business was a totally new entity with more competent people running it. According to the chief executive David Greenhouse the applicant had a personal lack of fitness to hold a liquor licence based on the previous conduct of business on the premises, this led him to dismiss the application for the liquor licence and found the applicant unfit and improper to ensure alcohol was responsibly served on the premises.

Those businesses that wish to obtain liquor licences as well as already licenced venues should learn from this about the importance of responsible service of alcohol.

It is the duty of every employee of a licenced venue to undergo Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training in order to learn how to serve alcohol to patrons while avoiding problems associated with over serving them, problems such as binge drinking, fuelling alcohol abuse, serving underage patrons, alcohol fuelled brawls and other misconduct.


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