Authorities are making no apology for shutting down part of an inner city bar after it was found to be grossly overcrowded at the weekend.
Suburbia has had its liquor licence suspended by the Dunedin District Licensing Committee.
It follows a request from local firefighters who were called to the nightclub early Sunday morning to find around 300 people at the premises.
That's almost double the bar's capacity of 160.
The suspension has reportedly come as a shock to the club owner, who's claiming 100 of those people were outside the facility when the fire service attended.
The matter may be subject to a hearing.