The Scarborough Situation

Note: This is repasted from the comments on the previous post, with a few corrections and clarifications.

The so-called “Scarborough Riots” are actually just a large group of pissheads being kicked out of The Lookout* at 3am and hanging around Peters-By-The-Sea fighting each other.

A situation that could be easily solved by extending the trading hours at Scarborough to the point where there isn’t a closing time crush. It is a tourist precinct, after all.

For the non-locals, Perth has 3 main nightlife areas. Northbridge is the largest, but Fremantle has become more popular in recent times too. Scarborough is the smallest of the 3, and has no bars or clubs that open later than 3am. The reason these riots happens in Scarborough, and not Northbridge or Fremantle, is that there’s nowhere else to go when the pubs shut at 3am.

Club Atlantis used to cater to this by opening until 6am, but the people at Radisson did a deal with the liquor licensing board when The Lookout was renovated: Extend The Lookout’s licence until 3am, and we’ll voluntarily hand in the Club A late licence.

Now what you’ve got is one gigantic pub that holds 2000 (primarily teenaged) patrons and kicks them all out at the same time every Friday night. The nearest late licence club is in Northbridge, a $20 cab fare away.

It’s a recipe for disaster and just another example of how WA’s medieval licencing laws create more problems than they are purported to solve.

* The Lookout, Club Atlantis and The Stamford Arms are the 3 bars owned and run by the Rendezvous Observation City Hotel.

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