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Soon To Be Open 7 Days A Week Live Music Venue Scores First 4am Licence In Newtown

18 October 2022 | 9:00 am | Parry Tritsiniotis

The basement bar in Newtown is the first 4am licence granted in the area in over 100 years.

Odd Culture Group, the hospitality organisation behind some of the inner-west's favourite venues including Odd Culture Newtown, The Duke Of Enmore, The Old Fitz and The Oxford Tavern has been granted a 7-day, 4am licence for a new basement bar in Newtown to open in the coming months.

James Thorpe, CEO of Odd Culture Group, said, “This is the first 4am licence given to a bar in the area for over 100 years and is a huge win in our efforts to diversify Sydney’s late night entertainment offering. We want this venue to be a milestone in our city's way to becoming a true 24-hour cultural destination, a place where you can come 7 days a week at all hours and experience something special.”

The new 400 square metre basement on King Street in Newtown is set to open at the start of next year. The venue aims to bring new life to the area, providing a unique late night offering with a 7-day a week entertainment roster.

Thorpe continued, “We have been on the lookout for a basement property to deliver a live music bar for a very long time. In a city like Sydney that is still (re)establishing its post-midnight cultural face – a task that is so often at loggerheads with the wants of a few vocal local residents – sound attenuation is incredibly important. This space ticks all the boxes - being submerged underneath King St, finding itself located in the council’s tiny Late Night Management zone in Newtown, and it being centrally located next to Newtown Station.”

The hospitality group also runs popular live music venue The Duke Of Enmore whose musical bill is curated by Group Operations Manager, Sabrina Medcalf.

Medcalf, who will also be responsible for the music curation at the new venue said: “The Duke is a breeding ground for local, emerging and established artists and a home to so many people who understand the value of live music and how it brings vibrancy, buzz and atmosphere to a precinct. We have our finger on the pulse when it comes to providing good music and good times and we couldn’t be more excited about being granted this 4am licence for our new Newtown venue.”

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