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Trendy Tongue and Groove gets a one day liquor ban

By johnboy - 13 August 2009 42

The Canberra Times brings the happy news that the Liquor Licensing Commissioner has had a bit of a win.

The last time I was in Tongue and Groove my thought after half an hour was “there’s a lot of fake tan and spandex chasing grey hair in here”. It seems the grey haired men enjoying the attention they, or at least their wallets, are getting should have a care:

    Trendy Civic bar Tongue and Groove will serve a one-day ban on serving alcohol after admitting having 14 underage drinkers in its bar room on a Saturday night in June.

    The ban, for 24 hours from 6pm on a Friday night, was far short of the penalty demanded by the Liquor Licensing Commissioner, who wanted the Bunda Street nightspot closed for four weekends.

    The tribunal heard that Office of Regulatory Services investigators saw two girls, whom they knew from previous dealings to be 17, sitting at a table outside the bar.

    The inspectors and two police constables later found the girls inside with a group of other teenagers drinking champagne.

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Trendy Tongue and Groove gets a one day liquor ban
Pandy 12:20 pm 13 Aug 09

Minkey closing or renovating?

j from the block 11:01 am 13 Aug 09

layne said :

This is a joke. I was eating there on said evening. These 14 young girls were out for one of their birthdays (I’d guess 18th) and were sitting in the dining area WITH the girls parents, eating and not drinking. They got done because they had empty champagne glasses infront of them. It caused quite a scene – ruined that poor girls birthday.

Fair enough that they shouldn’t of been there (and that girls parents should have known better) but the fact that the police took them all to the station is ridiculous.

If they were there with there parents, and not drinking, and there parents were what would be deemed responsible adults than there would be no cause for concern by liquor licencing.
In the venue I work at, last week we had an underage act performing, and some of her friends came also under 18, with their parents. While we policed them carefully (just in case), there is no issue with liquor licencing if this occurs.
The case (@T&G) in point was an 18th, the bar knew it was an 18th birthday party, and to not keep a close eye on those attending would fall into the category of poor form in bar management in my opinion.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:41 am 13 Aug 09

layne said :

This is a joke. I was eating there on said evening. These 14 young girls were out for one of their birthdays (I’d guess 18th) and were sitting in the dining area WITH the girls parents, eating and not drinking. They got done because they had empty champagne glasses infront of them. It caused quite a scene – ruined that poor girls birthday.

Fair enough that they shouldn’t of been there (and that girls parents should have known better) but the fact that the police took them all to the station is ridiculous.

So they weren’t drinking but had empty champagne glasses in front them. Um, ok…

Clown Killer 10:38 am 13 Aug 09

This is all a bit bizzare. The other week we have an underage girl who was fully liquored in a bar and there’s no penalty because someone could apparently vouch for being her responsible adult, and now we have a venue penalised because a group of underage girls accompanied by parents of some of the girls are having a glass of champagne.

I grew up in Melbourne and from when I was around 15 my parents would always allow me wine with meals if I wanted it, including when we were dining out and it was never an issue – has something changed since the early 80s.

Nosey 10:28 am 13 Aug 09

I didn’t see it motleychick but thanks for the info.

Time will tell and surely a difference will be felt in the City if they continue to crack down and target excessive drinking.

tick tock

toriness 10:20 am 13 Aug 09

layne said :

This is a joke. I was eating there on said evening. These 14 young girls were out for one of their birthdays (I’d guess 18th) and were sitting in the dining area WITH the girls parents, eating and not drinking. They got done because they had empty champagne glasses infront of them. It caused quite a scene – ruined that poor girls birthday.

Fair enough that they shouldn’t of been there (and that girls parents should have known better) but the fact that the police took them all to the station is ridiculous.

why did they have empty champagne glasses in front of them if they hadn’t drunk out of them? don’t tell me because they drank something non-alcoholic out of them but they wanted to look all growed-up because i will vomit. sounds like a little bit of irresponsible parenting/chaperoning here. rulez iz rulez – it is a licenced premises.

AngryHenry 10:04 am 13 Aug 09

layne said :

This is a joke. I was eating there on said evening. These 14 young girls were out for one of their birthdays (I’d guess 18th) and were sitting in the dining area WITH the girls parents, eating and not drinking. They got done because they had empty champagne glasses infront of them. It caused quite a scene – ruined that poor girls birthday.

Fair enough that they shouldn’t of been there (and that girls parents should have known better) but the fact that the police took them all to the station is ridiculous.

Ridiculous but very amusing!

motleychick 9:50 am 13 Aug 09

Nosey if you saw the CT on the weekend you would have noticed that they have done quite a few places – like Academy, Minque (which is now closing down), Lot 33, etc. Seems to me like they are cracking down.

Nosey 9:36 am 13 Aug 09

Seems to me the liqour licencing office go after the easy ones they believe will get either a fine or closed for a period of time.

IMHO, its places like ICBM and Meche that should be targetted.

The responsible service of alcohol at those places is non existent and appears to hard for the liqour licencing office to catch and punish.

layne 9:36 am 13 Aug 09

This is a joke. I was eating there on said evening. These 14 young girls were out for one of their birthdays (I’d guess 18th) and were sitting in the dining area WITH the girls parents, eating and not drinking. They got done because they had empty champagne glasses infront of them. It caused quite a scene – ruined that poor girls birthday.

Fair enough that they shouldn’t of been there (and that girls parents should have known better) but the fact that the police took them all to the station is ridiculous.

motleychick 9:28 am 13 Aug 09

johnboy said :

Well, I doubt the teenagers were paying for their drinks.

With cash at least.

+1

hjholden 9:23 am 13 Aug 09

johnboy said :

Well, I doubt the teenagers were paying for their drinks.

With cash at least.

Zing!

Would have loved to see them cop the full 4 weekends ban as originally chardged

johnboy 9:17 am 13 Aug 09

Well, I doubt the teenagers were paying for their drinks.

With cash at least.

toriness 9:14 am 13 Aug 09

i’m amazed the teens could afford to drink in there. that place is a rip!

motleychick 9:08 am 13 Aug 09

I find it interesting how I get ID’d wherever I go, and if me or my friends don’t have ID they won’t let us in, yet underage people can get in. I guess it pays to know the bouncers.

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