Many Montrealers have high hopes for next summer after a COVID-filled 2020. But there's already a hiccup for those planning on partying at Beachclub — a popular open-air club about an hour from Montreal — which will lose its liquor permit for 20 days in 2021, according to files provided to MTL Blog by La Régie des alcools des courses et des jeux.
Beachclub — which is located in Pointe-Calumet, Quebec and known for its beaches, terraces, swimming pool, bars and EDM shows — cancelled its 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, promising its patrons on Facebook that they'd be "aiming high" for the upcoming season.
The period Beachclub's liquor permit will be suspended next summer
But on September 23, La Régie des alcools reached its decision to suspend Beachclub's liquor permit beginning May 21, 2021.
According to the document, this is due to evidence of 93 breaches over the course of four years between 2015-2018, which show that "the licensee operated her liquor licence in a manner that was detrimental to public peace and safety."
The alleged breaches fall into the following categories:
- Public safety
- Acts of violence
- Drugs or other controlled substances
- Subjects of police interest seen and observed at the facility
Noteworthy incidents include a 2015 drowning and the presence of Hells Angels gang members.
The document says the pandemic led the tribunal to opt for a 20-day sentence as opposed to the litigator's suggested 40 days.
It clarifies that Beachclub can still choose to hold events on the days its liquor permit is suspended — no word yet on whether or not that will be the case.