Locked out in... Melbourne
Back in 2008, Melbourne trialled a 2am lockout that was similar to Sydney’s. Three months on, there was a very palpable fear that we were losing the things that made us proud of our city: a strong live music culture and a thriving bar and restaurant scene, for a start. Eight years (and no more lockouts) later and Melbourne is on its way to becoming a 24-hour city modelled on cultural centres like Berlin and New York. Public transport runs all night on weekends, restaurants are open into the small hours and our major arts institutions run occasional all-nighters. If we’d had to close our doors at 1.30pm permanently, Melbourne would be a completely different place to live. I would want my old Melbourne back.