A bar in Northampton town centre has been given permission to stay open until 4am and stop serving its drinks in plastic glasses.
The owners of Panache, in Bridge Street, had applied to Northampton Borough Council’s licensing committee for permission to alter their closing time from 3am to 6am.
The move was opposed by both the police and the council’s environmental health department.
During a hearing at the Guildhall, the police said they would rather see the bar close at 4am with final admissions at 3am.
That was opposed by the bar’s owners, who said they would like to allow people into the premises until 3.30am.
They also said they were planning to refurbish the bar to give it a more ‘boutique’ feel and would like a restriction on their licence, which forced them to sell drinks in plastic glasses, to be removed.
The committee heard Panache now appealed to ‘a more mature clientele’ and did not want to sell ‘expensive drinks to people in plastic glasses’.
Some concern was raised about stopping this, but the police accepted there had been no issues at the bar which would require their continued use.
After considering the bar’s application, the council committee agreed Panache should be allowed to open until 4am, with the last people allowed into the venue at 3am.
They also agreed the bar would no longer have to use plastic glasses.