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Boost for Brisbane Boutique Bars

The LNP Government’s red tape reduction initiatives have delivered significant savings on the entry costs for intending small bar operators. Streamlining efforts have been directed at both ends of the application process, reducing the costs associated with the public notification aspect by up to $1800, and removing fire safety inspection duplication at a saving of almost $1000. A more streamlined process also means less complexity and therefore lower professional costs.

And of course, reducing the costs of entry into the market means you will have more money to spend where it counts.

For more information contact Liquor & Gaming Specialists on 07 3252 4066.

See also: Small Bars Maximum Numbers Lifted

October 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM Comments: Closed

Laneways Not Lameways

The Vibrant Laneways and Small Spaces program is one of the latest initiatives of the City Centre Master Plan, recently introduced by the Brisbane City Council.

The Council states “The program is designed to transform some of the cities forgotten spaces into vibrant meeting, retail and dining destinations,” however it is all too clear to some that what has been forgotten are those areas that stretch further than the city centre.

Justin Wells of Tonic Architecture + Design, and partner of B³ Brisbane Boutique Bars, feels Brisbane City Council too regularly neglects the inner city’s neighbouring suburbs and has stepped forward to challenge The  Council and the Vibrant Laneways and Small Spaces initiative.

“It is clear the Lord Mayor has given some consideration about pushing for a rejuvenation of Laneways and the like in the CBD, but this extent is a purely token effort, let’s get serious here and embrace a collective of ideas and promote something cohesive. How long do we need to have Melbourne envy and Sydney for that matter…?”

Mr Wells wishes to challenge Council to look at the Laneways and Public Art initiative and create a cohesive strategy of integrating both measures into the Fortitude Valley Neighbourhood Plan. “Laneways such as Hynes St in Fortitude Valley, are crying out for a fresh and creative reinvention and could offer a real melting pot of creative disciplines the ability to add to rear of the Leighton’s HQ development” Mr Wells added.

Hynes St would be a great test case for a Fortitude Valley’s Vibrant Laneways push and quite timely with the Leighton’s HQ development nearing completion.

With a bevy of creative and wide spread initiatives being taken up in other parts of Australia, Mr Wells would like to challenge Council to firstly identify the areas of the Valley worthy of revamping and provide Expressions of Interest to the public to compete for creative resolutions of these spaces.

I see the future direction of the Valley lanes could be iconic if given the real opportunity for uniqueness. My suggestion would be as follows.

Firstly council should map out the lanes, streets and/or roads within the Fortitude Valley area, which people and businesses could truly benefit from by having a unique and intrinsically visual and creative domain.

Secondly, council should tender for a panel of adjudicators which would assess future design submissions of these lanes, streets and roads.

Thirdly, Council, by next July should find a budget which will allow the Vibrant Laneways scheme to extent to the Valley area which is currently in existent within the CBD.

Finally, Council should provide Expressions of Interest submissions that all members of the public and design community could  tender their designs for the ‘real’ Vibrant Lanes. I would expect the panel of adjudicators would then select a winning scheme and this could be implemented in the public realm.

The key to this type of process is the whole public would become empowered to add positively to their space and environment which they frequent daily. Additionally, the criteria for such submissions should integrate public art of all mediums, spaces and facilities which benefit the community as a whole.

At the moment this is not the currently process as the public art and Laneways initiative are mutually exclusive. “It could be reasonably envisaged that Brisbane would then be in a position to promote its creative grain within a built environment and an envy of the other states” Mr Wells added.

“I see shapes, light and tactile elements which could suspend between buildings which would help to define creative precincts”

“People influencing spaces for people…… now that is the Valley I want to be a part of” Mr Wells said.

Read about this in Brisbane Times

February 12, 2010 at 11:10 AM Comments (4)

Fusion bars become the hub of laneway culture

The draft Fortitude Valley neighbourhood plan contains provisions which will allow fusion trading to become a reality for business owners in Fortitude Valley.

Featuring in a recent article in the Australian the proposed plans will make it easier for shops, hairdressers and other businesses in the Valley Special Entertainment Precinct make an application to obtain a bar licence for all or part of the premises.

The proposal will mean the developments below will be self assessable in the Special Entertainment Precinct of Fortitude Valley:

…Centre Activities where a Hotel, Nightclub or Restaurant and where:
• not involving building work, and
• less than 100m² in gross floor area(2), and
• not located within the same building as, or within 5m from a residential use, and
• complying with the Acceptable Solutions in the Centre Amenity and Performance Code…

(2) Other uses (e.g. shop) may occupy an area greater than 100sqm, provided the licensed component (e.g. hotel) is less than 100sqm.

However, the proposal to exclude property outside of the Special Entertainment Precinct is not what was expected and b³ has made a formal submission to the Brisbane City Council asking that the self assesable level of development be extended to Multi Purpose Centres (MP2) within the area covered by the Fortitude Valley Neighbourhood Plan.

Removing the cost and uncertainty of a Code Assessable planning application along with specific provisions allowing mixed use developments will take us one step closer to a vibrant bar scene in Brisbane.

Download a full copy of the Draft Fortitude Valley Neighbourhood Plan.

October 12, 2009 at 2:27 PM Comments (0)

Queensland’s First Small Bar Open For Business

Inspire Gallery Bar, Vulture Street, West End, 4101The first business in Queensland to sell liquor under the authority of the newly created ‘Bar Licence’ was Inspire Gallery & Bar, Vulture Street, West End.

As the name suggests, Inspire Gallery & Bar combines an art gallery with a bar and the business owners, Jacqui Hannam and Marcel Gerstel, plan to showcase the best of local art in an intimate bar setting.

The Liquor Act describes the principal activity of a Bar Licence as:

S.70(1)The principal activity of a business conducted under a bar licence is the sale of liquor on the licensed premises having the capacity to seat not more than 60 patrons at any one time.

During the processing of the application by Inspire Gallery & Bar the Office of Liquor & Gaming Regulation proposed the following conditions be placed on the licence:

The licensee and approved manager must ensure that seating is provided for not more than 60 patrons at any one time within the licensed premises.

The licensee and approved manager must ensure that no more than 80 patrons whether seated or othewise are on the licensed premises at any one time.

However, the final approval contained the following, more restrictive, condition:

The licensee and approved manager must ensure that no more than 60 patrons whether seated or othewise are on the licensed premises at any one time.

It appears this will be a standard condition on all Bar Licences.

It is unfortunate that OLGR have chosen this direction but we are working with them to achieve a more flexible application of this policy in the future. We will update this website with any further developments.

September 2, 2009 at 12:05 PM Comment (1)

Have your say on where you want to see a small bar in Brisbane

Ourbrisbane.com have opened the floor to comments on where you want to see a small bar. Go to the ourbrisbane.com website and have your say. Let everyone know about b³ while you’re there.


August 20, 2009 at 8:14 PM Comments (0)

Small Bar Revolution in Sydney Rolled Up in Red Tape

This article on 4bars.com.au tells us New South Wales town planning is also playing catch up with the liquor licensing legislation. B³ is working to speed up the change in Queensland.

In some areas of Brisbane an application for a bar licence is less complicated than it is in others. The first bar licence to be approved is in South Brisbane/Woolloongabba at Caro Mio, a classic 30s style cafe and jazz bar now licensed and offering movies on the weekends. In this pocket of South Brisbane the town planning regulations classify a  hotel as a Self Assessable application. When will the rest of the state be brought into line?


August 20, 2009 at 12:21 AM Comments (4)

Brisbane Laneways Project – BCC

Brisane City Council’s laneways project in the news on channel 10.

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August 17, 2009 at 3:51 PM Comments (0)

b³ in the news

Following the successful launch of b³ the Brisbane media have helped promote the idea of the boutique bar culture in Brisbane.

Brisbanetimes.com.au helped in the leadup to the launch, meeting Justin and Matt at Jamie’s on James, the iconic hole in the wall espresso bar which would be an ideal location for a small bar. The follow up article includes a slideshow and don’t forget to have your say on where you want to see a small bar.

We had a number of radio interviews, ABC612 and 4BC came to the party.

Letitia over at Feedia had an interesting take on the event.

Look out for the online petition coming soon. With your support we can change the face of nightlife in Brisbane, and hopefully we won’t be forced to drink from plastic tumblers while we’re doing it.

July 29, 2009 at 9:37 PM Comment (1)

b³ – official launch, 15 July 2009, Limes Boutique Hotel, Fortitude Valley

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Bars – b³
Official Launch

Limes Boutique Hotel
Constance Street Fortitude Valley
Wednesday 15 July – 4 pm

Be a part of Brisbane’s exciting new push to create a vibrant SMALL BAR scene.

Brisbane is ready for this new movement. Join us to hear the guru of small bars in Australia, John McInerney, launch b³ in Brisbane.

As a Councillor with Sydney City Council and the former head of Planning in both the cities of Melbourne and Sydney, John is credited with inspiring the hugely successful ‘LANEWAYS’ culture of Melbourne and transforming the licensing regulations in Sydney. With your help, we can do the same in Brisbane!

All interested parties are invited to attend.

To confirm your place at this landmark event please contact Councillor David Hinchliffe’s office on 07 3403 0254 or email central.ward@ecn.net.au.

RSVP by July 13.

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July 8, 2009 at 8:15 PM Comments (3)

ABC News: Red tape strangles fledgling laneway bars

Envious of Melbourne’s intimate laneway bars, both Sydney and Perth have brought in reforms aimed at fostering a more vibrant nightlife.

But advocates of the Melbourne model in both cities say legislative red tape and entrenched attitudes are blocking moves to diversify the bar scene.

(Read the full ABC News article)

B³ – Brisbane Boutique Bars will be officially launched on Wednesday 15th July 2009 at Limes Hotel, Constance Street, Fortitude Valley. Subscribe to our news feed now to be on the invitation list.

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July 7, 2009 at 8:59 AM Comments (0)