Auckland bar falls foul with authorities
Fighting, alcohol stockpiling and staffing failures have authorities opposing an Auckland city bar’s ability to sell booze.
Central city hip hop club Hype Bar opened on Elliot St in July last year, recently celebrating its first birthday.
However, it has already drawn the attention of police and Auckland council for all the wrong reasons.
Auckland Council alcohol licensing inspector Mark O’Connor and police are both opposed to the renewal of the club’s on-license.
In a report O’Connor outlined concerns including an expired temporary licence, patrons stockpiling alcohol, no advertised food or alternate transport and failure of staff to ensure patron’s welfare.
Police opposed the application on the grounds of suitability and amenity and good order.
Renewing its licence was likely to reduce the order of the area by ‘‘more than a minor extent,’’ O’Connor said.
He listed other concerns including the design and layout of the basement venueand no security assistance or presence until the end of an event.
‘‘When I accompanied the police and duty manager through the premises I saw four buckets of Heineken beer bottles with caps removed on a table. There were three men at the table. This is called ‘stockpiling’’’ he said.
Council’s alcohol licensing manager Rob Abbott said aside from the prohibition on serving sprits in a glass larger than 500mls, there was no specific quantity limit on how much alcohol could be purchased at one time.
However, it was against the law to do anything that encouraged people or was likely to encourage people to consume alcohol to an excessive extent.
‘‘When inspecting premises, the police and Auckland Council inspectors will look for signs that patrons are stockpiling drinks,’’ Abbott said.
‘‘So if a premises were selling, say, five or six drinks in one serve to one person for their own consumption we would be questioning whether that is good host res- ponsibility.’’
Hype Club is owned by Auckland resident Loretta Zhang who also owns Club Kong in downtown Auckland.
Zhang did not respond requests for comment.
A hearing will be held in late October. to