Aberdeen bar must shut early on Superbowl fans after late licence bid rejected

From left , Cameron Dalley, Scott McDonald, Lauren McArthur and Grant Travis of the Roughnecks.

A bar manager has hit out after being refused a late licence for the Superbowl.

The Bridge Street Social Club in Aberdeen will be showing the climax of the American football season to punters on tomorrow.

But the sports fans will have to leave at 2am because the bar has not been given permission to stay open.

Aberdeen’s licensing board refused a licence extension from 2am to 5am – for a third year.

JP McGivney, manager at the Bridge Street Social Club, said: “The rejection is not the best, it makes you wonder if Aberdeen is open for business or not.

“We cover all the American football games on a Sunday so it is disappointing that our application was rejected.

“The event will be full of like-minded people wanting to watch one of the biggest sporting events of the year.”

The game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons kicks off at 11.30pm GMT and will run until around 4am.

Mr McGivney was angered at the licensing board in view of the fact it granted an extension to another bar, The College, for an MMA fight featuring Conor McGregor last year.

He said: “The College was able to stay open to 6am for the Conor McGregor fight, therefore I find it totally unfair.

“There was an incident after the Conor McGregor fight at 6.30am which I believe didn’t work in our favour.

“The people who come here for the football are all like-minded and aren’t yobs.”

The city bar sponsors both American football sides based in the city, the Aberdeen Roughnecks and the Aberdeen Oilcats.

“Members of the teams come to watch the football all the time and we get so many people here on a Sunday. It is just a pity they won’t get to watch the whole of the biggest game of the year,” said Mr McGivney.

An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “The outcome of any application will depend on a number of factors including the nature of the event, the hours applied for and the strength of the justification provided by the applicant.

“The board having considered all of those matters including any objections submitted by the licensing standards officer and Police Scotland resolved to refuse the application.

“This was on the grounds that it was inconsistent with the licensing objectives of protecting and improving public health, preventing crime and disorder and preventing public nuisance.”