New York Daily News

Liquor ban after brawl at nightclub

- BYBARBARA ROSS and GREG B. SMITH bross@nydailynew­

A-LIST CELEBRITIE­S, R&B hitmakers and NBA stars will have to find some other hot spot to party hearty this week.

The state on Tuesday suspended the liquor license of the SoHo club W.i.P., where the recent Drake/Chris Brown bottle beatdown took place.

The club’s owners had skedded fetes this week at W.i.P. and their adjacent Greenhouse for the likes of crooner R. Kelly, Knicks point guard Iman Shumpert and the cast of the new Blake Lively/John Travolta film, “Savages.”

The State Liquor Authority held an emergency meeting Tuesday to take action against both clubs after a string of bloody incidents over the last few months.

“The SLA will not tolerate violent bars that break the law,” said SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen.

In the wee hours of June 14, supporters of superstars Drake and Brown erupted into a bottlethro­wing melee that injured Brown, NBA star Tony Parker and several clubgoers.

On Friday the SLA cited the bar for 10 altercatio­ns inside W.i.P. since March. That began the process of possibly barring the owners from the nightclub business for two years.

The owners filed suit last week against the city, claiming they shouldn’t be shuttered because they were following a security plan approved last fall by the NYPD when the bottle-throwing fight exploded.

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