Lollipops help noise nuisance
A Queenstown bar wanting to stay open until 4am has soundproofed walls, doors and taken to handing out lollipops to patrons to appease neighbouring hotel guests and keep the noise down.
Vinyl Underground, a bar located in an underground concrete bunker in central Queenstown, has applied for an on-licence to operate between 8am to 4am Monday to Sunday. However, bosses of neighbouring hotel, The Spire, say the extended opening hours would be ‘‘intolerable’’ for guests because of the noise.
The two parties faced off at a District Licensing Committee hearing in Queenstown on Wednesday.
The lawyer acting for MBT Holdings Limited which owns Vinyl Underground, Russell Mawhinney, said there were already a number of bars in central Queenstown, within similar distances to The Spire, that had operating licences to 4am.
‘‘There are several possible sources of noise in the vicinity of Church Street and Church Lane . . . it is unfair to blame Vinyl for noise.
‘‘Steps have been taken at the venue to minimise the risk of any adverse effects, including soundproofed walls, two sets of doors at each exit, and door staff giving each exiting patron a lollipop upon departure.’’
Imperium Group Queenstown’s general manager James Cavanagh said the difference between the 1.30am to 2am and 4am closing was ‘‘stark’’.
‘‘People accept it is a busy resort town and in a city centre but there is obviously a tipping point when it becomes intolerable.’’
The committee reserved its decision.
The Vinyl Bar, in Queenstown, wants to stay open until 4am.