Brisbane's biggest and hottest new nightclub, Cloudland, is being investigated for breach of liquor licencing laws after apparently opening more than a week before being granted full capabilities to sell alcohol.
March 18, the Brisbane Lions AFL season launch was held at the $10 million-plus venue, yet the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing did not give Cloudland a full liquor licence until just last Tuesday, only a day before the official opening of the club. Cloudland did reportedly have permission in some parts of the venue, having permission under the owners' (the Bickle family) existing licence, but did now yet have full service allowances.
Cloudland is owned by the Bickle family, also owners of the Empire Hotel and numerous other Brisbane glamour-spots, and the opening of the venue was reportedly twenty months behind schedule.
The only comment from Cloudland on the matter is that "the Lions event was a private function, invite only and not open to the public" and the Brisbane Lions has refused to comment to media.
Breaches of liquour licencing means a fine of $2500 for each offence.