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In a move to help ease the strain felt by hospitality venues following the hardships of 2020, City of Newcastle is trialing later trading for small venues in line with its After Dark strategy.

The opening hours of 20 establishments across Newcastle have been extended. Restaurants in the trial are now allowed to stay open until midnight while small bars can keep their doors open until 2am, with the resulting boost to the night-time economy expected to bring positives to the inner-city.

The anticipated benefits of the After Dark strategy are expected to be far-reaching. Along with hospitality venues seeing increased trade, there will likely be knock-on effects for the entertainment and creative industries.

Newcastle venues that have signed up for later trading include small bars Coal and Cedar, Blue Kahunas, Koutetsu, Uptowns, the Basement and Saints, while Restaurants trading later into the night include Meet, Valeries, the Edwards and more.

The trial began on 1 October 2020 and run until April 2021. During this time, data, including community surveys is being collected about the economic and social implications of the experiment to inform future planning in the night-time city

This period of extended opening hours is part of a wider program that aims to develop a safe, engaging and diverse range of night-time activities in our city.

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