Heading out tonight? 

We’re sorry but that vodka lemon lime and bitters will have to wait until after 6.10pm!

Tonight, 39 Sydney pubs and bars are taking drastic measures in a move to shame NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the government’s restrictions on venues.

This united protest comes the night before the NSW state election and will see the bars take up “unhappy hour”.

At 6pm the participating establishments will cease alcohol service, turn down the music and switch off the lights for a short period of time.

But you’ll only have to stay thirsty for approximately five minutes, after which all participating bars will revert back to usual Friday service. 

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“This is our chance to do something positive with this election and start reviving Sydney’s night-life,” said Michael Rodrigues, chair of the Night Time Industries Association (NITA).

“Festivals restrictions and lockout laws have framed the debate so far, but it’s more than that; we’re looking at a $16 billion dollar opportunity and potential bigger vision for the night time of this city.”

Mr Rodrigues said the organisation was asking voters to think about what they want for the future of Sydney.

A list of venues participating: 

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1.  Bistecca

2.  Botany View Hotel

3.  Bulletin Place

4.  Button Bar

5.  Cricketer’s Arms Hotel, Balmain

6.  Crooked Tailor

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7.  Dead Ringer

8.  Duke of Clarence

9.  Earls Juke Joint

10. Grandmas

11. Jacoby’s

12. Lord Gladstone

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13. Mr Pocket

14. Odd Culture

15. Old Mates’ Place

16. Oxford Art Factory

17. Papa Gedes

18. Pocket Bar

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19. Pocket Terrigal

20. Potts Point Hotel

21. PS40

22. Ramblin’ Rascal

23. Rosie Campbell’s

24. Stitch

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25. Sydney Park Hotel

26. The Barber-Shop

27. The Royal Albert Surry Hills

28. The Taphouse

29. This Must Be The Place

30. Venue 505

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31. Welcome Hotel Rozelle

32. Whirly Bird

33. White Cockatoo Petersham

34. Wild Rover

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