Pub offers free beer if tram arrives on time
A Sydney bar is kicking off the long-awaited opening of the Sydney Light Rail on a cynical note, pledging to give away free beer and wine if it hits the tracks as planned.
It will be a boozy opening for the city's light rail on Saturday with the Morrison Bar on the corner of George and Grosvenor streets in the CBD promising to give patrons a free drink if the opening actually goes ahead.
The bar last month took to social media to announce the pledge with an event called 'Free Beer If It Makes Here.'
Patrons will get a free beer if the tram arrives at the Wynyard stop, and a free wine if it arrives on time.
The new CBD and South East Light Rail will open on Saturday with the first service to start at 11am. All services will be free to use on the opening weekend.
Services will run between Circular Quay and Randwick, and each tram can hold up to 450 passengers, the equivalent of up to nine standard buses.
But the bar's owners are "so convinced" it won't be ready when promised they'll shout the city drinks if it does.
"It's official: according to NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian, trams will finally run along Sydney's George Street in December.
"After four long years of delays and disruption, our owner, Fraser Short and Exec Chef Sean Connolly are so convinced that Sydney's CBD and Southeast Light Rail will run behind schedule yet again, they've promised to throw the city a Tram Party if they're proved wrong," the event says.
But there's a catch - partygoers must RSVP to the event here for the chance for a free drink.
"RSVP now to an off the rails party that may or may not happen and we'll update you on if this tram is on track" the event says.
Fraser Short, owner of The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room made the pledge last month.
"I'm so confident that it won't run on time that I'll shout the city drinks if the tram makes it from Randwick to the stop outside The Morrison with a cargo of paying passengers by Christmas."