A KEY fixture on Sydney’s LGBTI club scene was reportedly closed down last night after NSW Police attended the event, responding to allegations of drug overdoses.
Police say the authorities attended a venue on the city centre thoroughfare of George Street — identified by Fairfax Media as ‘I Remember House’ at the Ivy — twice.
The Star Observer understands the venue itself called the emergency services.
“At 9.40pm officers were again called to the location after reports a 50-year-old woman was in need of medical treatment,” the statement read.
“Police attended and two patrons were conveyed by ambulance to hospital, while a number of others were removed from the premises under the effects of what is believed to be prohibited drugs.”
According to reports, the affected clubbers were believed to have taken drugs including MDMA and ecstasy.
Sydney City Crime Manager, Detective Inspector John Maricic, told the Star Observer: “When officers attended at 9.40pm, they spoke with the licensee and the dance party was shut down about 9.50pm”.
However, Fairfax Media has reported that Merivale – owner of the Ivy – said the event was not shut down and the last song was played at 9.55pm with the night concluding at its regular 10pm closing time.
In January, the NSW Government’s Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority temporarily closed Darlinghurst’s The Exchange Hotel following a request by police who alleged the venue was in “serious breach” of the 2007 Liquor Act.
This is believed to be in relation to former day club Up, which has failed to reopen.
In addition, earlier this month Erskineville’s Imperial Hotel was forced to shut for three days.
Police said this was due to “serious concerns about drug activity and the risk to public health and safety following investigations conducted on the premises”.
The Imperial has since reopened.
Editor’s note: This article was updated with additional information on 15 July 2015.