Sydneysiders who use their Dine & Discover vouchers at select restaurants and bars can score $ 50 in free drinks – despite the official coupons not being eligible for alcohol.
The scheme gives all adults in New South Wales two $ 25 vouchers to spend at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs, which can be redeemed seven days a week at any business that has signed up.
Daily Mail Australia revealed on Tuesday that hospitality giant Australian Venue Co is offering to double their customers’ vouchers – meaning they’re worth $ 50 each – when used at one of their ten Sydney restaurants and bars.
Now the company has confirmed that while Dine & Discover vouchers cannot be spent on alcohol, the bonus voucher issued at AVC locations can be used to purchase wine, beer, spirits and cocktails.
The loophole allows customers to spend up to $ 25 on food per visit using the government-issued vouchers, and an additional $ 25 to spend on drinks using AVC’s vouchers.
After two visits, this could earn customers $ 50 worth of free drinks.
Pictured: A woman dining at The Rook, one of ten locations where customers can score a $ 50 drink coupon
Redeem your $ 25 Dine & Discover NSW voucher at any of ten AVC locations and we’ll double your fun with an additional $ 25 to spend in-house, the Stroke website.
To get your extra $ 25, download and log into the AVC app. Then when you come to the venue, we’ll give you a $ 25 credit to spend on the app. ‘
Venues include a string of bars and pubs along Sydney Harbor in Barangaroo, including Beer DeLuxe Sydney, Bungalow8, Cargo and The Loft – known for their spectacular waterfront views.
Closer to town, you’ll find prime locations such as The Winery in Surry Hills, offering an extensive range of wines, beers and cocktails, and an extensive menu.
Kingsleys Woolloomooloo is also on the list, where customers can enjoy an extravagant seafood menu while gazing out at the ocean. Pictured: Two women holding cocktails at one of the locations
Locations in Sydney where you can score $ 50 in free booze:
Beer DeLuxe Sydney
To claim the booster vouchers, download the AVC app – when you go to any of the above locations you will get an additional $ 25 credit to spend on the app
Kingsleys Woolloomooloo is also on the list, where customers can enjoy an extravagant seafood menu while gazing out at the ocean.
Only one voucher can be redeemed per location per day, giving each customer $ 50 free to spend on one outing at the AVC spots, but residents can combine their voucher with a friend’s voucher to get $ 100 off the bill to get.
The $ 500 million initiative was designed to revitalize the state’s hospitality industry after the coronavirus pandemic, and was initially only available in regional areas.
An additional two $ 25 vouchers are available seven days a week for arts and entertainment, including museums, theaters, and concerts.
The vouchers are accessible through the Service NSW app under the ‘Vouchers’ section and can be downloaded as a QR code, which can then be presented to companies that have signed up for the program.
There will be a non-digital alternative for customers who do not have a smartphone or compatible device.
The scheme was rolled out to support the hospitality industry badly hit during the Covid lockdowns and also with the ban on foreign tourists.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian described the initiative as a win-win for everyone.
“Because of Covid, we haven’t been able to support these companies for too long, so it’s a win for citizens and a win for companies as it increases their ability to host people again as we go through Covid,” she said.
“It also makes it possible to open up the economy, as the more dollars that go into the economy, we can grow in the future to create and protect jobs because so many people have been displaced by Covid.”
Ms Berejiklian added that the government was “overwhelmingly pleased” with the initiative’s early success.
Pictured: Beer DeLuxe in Sydney, one of the bars included in the Barangaroo deal
HOW DOES DINE & DISCOVER NSW WORK?
NSW residents 18 and older can apply for $ 100 in vouchers. The vouchers can be used at participating NSW companies registered as COVID vaults.
2 x $ 25 Dine NSW Vouchers to dine at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs seven days a week.
2 x $ 25 Discover NSW vouchers that can be used 7 days a week for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music and art venues.
The vouchers cannot be used on public holidays.
Dine & Discover NSW vouchers are single use and cannot be used for tobacco, alcohol or gambling. If you use less than the $ 25 value of the voucher, the remaining value will be forfeited and cannot be used later or refunded by the company.
Vouchers must be redeemed in person at participating companies.