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Night-time economy

Captivating entertainment, delicious food and drink, and a thriving arts scene is our vision for nightlife across the state.

We’re making it easier for the arts, cultural and hospitality businesses to contribute to local economies, and make safe and exciting nightlife a feature of our communities.

In September 2020, the NSW Government launched the 24-hour Economy Strategy, its long-term vision for Sydney. We will help deliver the strategy by activating spaces, creating vibrant places to work and live, aligning planning and liquor approvals and streamlining processes.

The NSW Liquor Amendment (Night-time Economy) Act 2020 supports councils’ ongoing work to develop a vibrant, safe and modern night-time economy across NSW.

Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour Bridge illuminated with colourful light, during the Vivid Sydney. Photo by RugliG / Shutterstock

Here’s advice for opening a business that contributes to the night-time economy.

People walking and dining on Enmore Road, Enmore. Credit: Rhiannon Hopley

Councils can formally establish a special entertainment precinct in their local area. Find out more about the current precinct.

Friends enjoying afternoon drinks at The Beach House Restaurant and Bar, Port Macquarie. Credit: Destination NSW

NSW has the perfect climate for outdoor dining, bringing life to our streets and public spaces.