Some bottomless brunch deals in Wellington have broken alcohol licensing laws. (File photo)
Bottomless brunches were a popular weekend pastime in town Restaurants It offers a two hour mealtime and a selection of bottomless alcoholic and soft drinks. Prices range from $ 45 to $ 65.
Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said Monday that city council and police had taken action following a string of complaints about bottomless brunch and the promotion of “all you can drink” deals.
“The ‘bottomless brunch’ agreements are a clear violation of liquor licensing laws designed to prevent irresponsible consumption of alcohol and poisoning,” MacLean said.
The council has spoken to a number of licensed premises and encouraged them to introduce a limit of four drinks through coupons or tokens, he said.
He declined to disclose the licensed premises that Wellington City Council had spoken to.
Alcohol licensing staff were in ongoing discussions with the owners and would keep an eye on social media and other advertising platforms about these types of events, he said.
Wellington City Council encourages restaurants and cafes to introduce a limit of four drinks through vouchers or tokens. (File photo)
“Bar owners are generally cooperative – knowing that the council and police can take enforcement action if necessary.”
Councilor Fleur Fitzsimons, who owns the portfolio for public health, said the bottomless brunch was contrary to laws designed to minimize alcohol-related harm.
“It is clear that any cafe or restaurant that seeks an unlimited supply of alcohol is violating our alcohol laws and can face the consequences.”
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Wellington City Councilor Fleur Fitzsimons says any cafe or restaurant that seeks an unlimited supply of alcohol is breaking alcohol laws and facing the consequences. (File photo)
A police spokesman said officials were concerned about any incident that could potentially cause harm through excessive or inappropriate alcohol consumption.
“We worked with bottomless brunch promoters to help them deliver this service while promoting responsible alcohol consumption,” the spokesman said.
At this point, the police have not started legal proceedings for bottomless brunch, the spokesman said.
Wellington isn’t the only host city bottomless brunches. The trend came to Auckland from overseas and has spread across the country.
Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said the council and police had taken action following a series of complaints about bottomless brunch and the promotion of “all you can drink” deals. (File photo)
An Auckland Council spokesman said he supported efforts by other councils to ensure the safe use of alcohol.
The spokesman said clear alcohol management policies were in place and were a constructive approach to reducing alcohol-related harm that could result from these events.
In Christchurch, several restaurants offer bottomless brunch or packed lunches Friday through Saturday, while others have similar offerings for special occasions.
Tracey Weston, head of the Christchurch City Council regulator, said there are no Christchurch establishments that jeopardize liquor licenses from bottomless brunch.
“The council has an on-going educational approach,” said Weston.
During times of the year when these types of promotions were rampant, the council regularly offered general reminders to all licensees, Weston said.
Alcohol abuse loses billions of dollars in our country every year. (Video first released in August 2018)