SYDNEY's controversial lockout laws have cruelled the party plans of megastar Madonna and US basketball legend James Harden, it has been revealed.
The original Material Girl is joined by the likes of Harden and the manager of Chelsea striker Diego Costa in falling foul of the strict rules.
Industry sources said Madonna was unable to join her dancers on level six of Justin Hemmes' swanky Ivy on George St in March last year because she arrived after 1.30am. And when she wanted to hold one of her concert afterparties at the same venue, sheepish Merivale management had to inform the singer the lockout laws prevented them from hosting her.
Footballer Costa was left unhappy when his personal manager was refused entry to Establishment in 2015 because he had arrived after the 1.30am deadline to meet Chelsea players, and Harden couldn't move from The Establishment to the Ivy due to a similar issue that same year.
Under the laws, introduced by former premier Barry O'Farrell in 2014 after the coward punch killing of Thomas Kelly, all bars in the CBD and Kings Cross were required to shut their doors to new customers at 1.30am with last drinks at 3am. There was also a ban on shots after midnight, meaning a patron can, for example, be served a Scotch and Coke but not a Scotch on the rocks.
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