To the great Canberra list of regrettable facebook groups let us welcome If the Waldorf does to Transit Bar what it did to Toast, I’ll burn it down.
RiotACT advises against joining the group, or burning down the least loved corporate component of the Canberra night life.
The description reads thusly:
This is a group for people who are tired of the Waldorf Apartments in Canberra constantly narc-ing on our great alternative clubs, and who worry that their increasing pressure and noise complaints towards Transit Bar might send it the same way that Toast went in November 2007.
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We all know that the Waldorf Apartments were constantly filing noise complaints regarding the now legendary Toast club, as it backed directly onto many of their apartment balconies. I think the deal there was that they stated that Toast were not allowed to stay open after 8:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays due to the noise!!! Of course there were lots of other external factors that contributed to Toast closing its doors, but the pressure from the Waldorf hotel would have certainly played a big part in robbing Canberra alternative types of a place to go.
Now it appears that they have shifted their whinging onto Transit Bar, which now has in place sound restrictions for Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Will these sound restrictions stick for the busier nights like Fridays and Saturdays?
And will the Waldorf kill another great Canberra venue?
As the Waldorf is big and ugly enough to look after itself we won’t be initiating the sort of campaign we have to defend innocent homeowners in the past. But be careful what you say.