The fast-paced move to digital spaces after the pandemic has expanded possibilities for finding community and support in adverse circumstances.
Amid the controversy over Sydney's lockout laws, a program that looked out for people at risk of harm in the city's nightlife precincts more than proved its worth.
DJs had to adopt live streaming during the pandemic. This new way of reaching audiences has created a whole new djing experience that is more accessible to a wider range of people.
Sociologist Marcus Anthony Hunter found that for Black patrons of a Black nightclub, the ‘nightly round’ mitigated the impacts of spatial and social isolation.
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If bars are forced to restrict people's movement in our post-coronavirus pandemic world, they will lose some of their most important social functions.
The Abbey, one of Los Angeles’ most famous gay bars, announces its temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Their loss affects those in the LGBT community who have the least to lose.
Few people stroll the Naviglio Grande canal, one of the favorite spots for night life in Milan, Italy, March 10, 2020, when Italy entered its second day under a nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19.
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The nightlife sector was operating in crisis mode since before the current pandemic, and global strategizing for the future of after-dark industries is already well underway.
Processes of data collection and analysis being used to decide policy need to be as independent and transparent as possible, particularly on issues as contentious as Sydney’s lockout laws.
The collection and analysis of data used for making policy should be independent and open to ensure public trust in decision-making. The debate over alcohol licensing shows why this matters.
Fortitude Valley is unique in Australia for its concentration of live music venues, like The Valley Drive In, in one small neighbourhood.
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The good news is that the growth of live music continued under Queensland's liquor licensing reforms. The bad news is that venues rely on late-night alcohol sales to cover costs.
For young women in Queensland, the risk of unwanted sexual attention is high when they go out at night.
Rates of unwelcome advances haven't changed under Queensland's 'Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence' policies. In one entertainment district, it happened to 26% of women the night they were interviewed.
Queenslanders are drinking heavily when they go out and breathalyser tests show most don’t realise how drunk they are.
Even after 'Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence' policies took effect in 2016, Queenslanders still drink more heavily on nights out. Reported levels of aggression are higher than in other states too.
Public alarm at alcohol-related violence led the Queensland government to change liquor licensing laws in 2016. The results of a two-year evaluation are now in.
A comprehensive two-year evaluation of statewide measures introduced in 2016 has shown it's possible to reduce alcohol-related violence while also producing economic benefits.
By the end of Prohibition, distilled spirits made up more than 75 percent of alcohol sales.
Something needed to be done to mask the taste of bootleg alcohol that could include ingredients ranging from dead rats to wood tar.
In a world of 24-hour news, night tubes and light pollution, does the traditional night time really still exist?
Many claim that bouncers use dress codes to discriminate. But is it systemic?
A sociologist dressed men of different races in the same clothes – and then dispatched them to nightclubs across Texas to see what would happen.
Keeping up appearances at the Gold Bar in Subiaco, Perth.
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Ultimately, most regulatory interventions in nightlife precincts are about imposing particular ideas of social and moral order not only within these spaces but also in the city more broadly.
In one regard, lockout laws have succeeded in decreasing crime. But take a step back to see a city-wide perspective, and there are many other issues to consider.
Policy changes such as the 'lockout laws' have had profound impacts on inner Sydney nightlife. Transport data help us see whether these have caused problems to spill over into neighbouring areas.
As the film descends into intoxication, viewers are likely to be sobered by glimpses of a badly damaged America.
Whatever guise they take, nightclubs offer places to experiment with new music, technology and architectural innovation.
Cities are realising that having great nightlife is not just about entertainment – it also means a 24-hour economy.
Bringing a broader, more diverse nightlife to cities will be key to ensuring they thrive in the 21st century.