Raise The Bar South Australia

Small Bar or General Bar?

Its time for our liquor laws to be modernised, to encourage independent creative bar spaces in South Australia, and add diversity to our night economy!

To create jobs and opportunities for the hospitality industry, for musicians and artists to perform in, for creative designers to make amazing spaces - and of course, to support the producers of South Australia.

Whilst Small Bars are brilliant, we don't support a patron limit on licence categories in principle. We think a Small Bar should be determined by how big the room is, not by a patron cap in law. There may be a case for a less rigorous application process for smaller venues, but only if the Act is modernised across the board and entertainment definitions are removed.



Contrary to popular belief, there is no Small Bar licence in NSW. Capacity is determined by the building code, which has a table that specifies how many people can fit in the premises depending on the size of the room. Simple.

The Bar licence that is transforming NSW is a General Bar licence, that has no cap of 120 patrons as is fabled, which we think would be anti-competitive and add unnecessary red tape if introduced in South Australia.

A Small Bar is small if the room is small. The same licence can work for any size room.

Very simple really... lets not make it complicated ... speaking of which -

Adelaide City Council is talking of an 80 seat Small Bar licence as an amendment to the existing legislation, but what if the room can seat 85?, and what about the needs test in application process thats clearly anti competitive? and venues will still need entertainment consent if theres going to be any people allowed to entertain instead of exempt tv and recorded music.

That's not going to deliver the vibrant cities that everyones talking about, and it's not going to provide jobs and opportunities for musicians, artists, and diversify the night economy.

A similar Small Bar idea was proposed by Clover Moore in NSW in 2007 that was to amend the existing and problematic Liquor Act 1982, cap patron numbers at 120 people, not have a social impact assessment process, and no plan for the associated and notorious PoPE entertainment consent under planning law.

The Small Bars legislation never made it to law - with the NSW changes being brought about by a 25 year structural rewrite of the entire Act and process, a move from a court based system to a less costly administrative system, a new General Bar Licence where the capacity is determined by the room size, and an associated change to how live entertainment was regulated alongside exempt entertainment such as sport and gambling.

Its for these reasons that we think a rewrite of the Act is the only way to go.