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Inauguration Boozing: Change You Can Believe In?

The D.C. Council last night approved legislation allowing bars to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. -- three hours later than usual -- and serve food round-the-clock from Jan. 17 until the morning after Barack Obama's swearing-in on Jan. 20.

By Mike McPhate  |  December 3, 2008; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Inauguration  
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Bars in DC should ALWAYS stay open until 5 am. Here's why: The 2 or 3 am closing time in DC causes a mass influx of people into the streets at that time. Instead of slowly getting tired and trickling out and going home over the night - they are all forced out at the same time - and SURPRISE SURPRISE places like Adams Morgan and Georgetown become swamped with crowds, brawls, fights, accidents, and traffic jams. The trouble and cost for law enforcement could all be avoided if bars stayed open until 5 am. Look at other cities - people usually leave on their own accord sometime between 2 and 4. People get tired. But usually around 2:30 when the lights come on - people are still wide awake. Why invite trouble by pushing them into the sidewalk?

Posted by: tk7slam | December 3, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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