The bar had applied to Leeds City Council for a licence until 3am, with owners Ryan Mellor Davis and Richard Jones telling a public hearing last month that they needed it “just to be close to breaking even”.
Both men said they’d bought the premises thinking it already had a 3am licence, but were shocked to find they actually had to stop selling alcohol and playing music at midnight.
However, their application had been opposed by the police and council licensing officers, who told the September 12 hearing that the later hours would cause more booze-fuelled crime in the city centre.
Six weeks on from the hearing, the council has now confirmed Club Atomic is permitted to stay open until 1.30am every night of the week, with alcohol allowed to be sold until 1am.
A committee of three councillors made the decision “unanimously”, the local authority said.
The reasoning for the decision, which is normally given verbally when the council gives a licensing verdict on the day of a hearing, has not been made public.