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D.C. Officials Considering Opening Bars 24-7

The D.C. Council is considering legislation today that would allow bars to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. -- three hours longer than current regulations allow -- and remain open 24 hours a day from Jan. 17 through 21 to serve crowds in town for the inauguration.

The bill, offered by council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), is up for a vote at today's legislative meeting.

"This is absolutely a unique opportunity, and we want our night life to participate in all of the activities and events during the Inauguration," Graham told Post reporter Hamil R. Harris today.

By David A Nakamura  |  December 2, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  | Category:  Entertainment , Food & Dining
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Wow, isn't this a wonderful idea- 24 hour a day bars. Jim Graham - stay in DC- don't come to Montco.

Posted by: silverspring25 | December 2, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I kinda think that 24/7 bars might be a stupid idea...

Dealing with millions of people is gonna be bad enough...dealing with millions of (conceivably drunk) people would be even worse.


Posted by: jedwardsb | December 2, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

This sounds like another Jim Graham idea not quite thought out.

For those who live in Adams Morgan this could be a disaster. Drunks walking the streets 24 hours for 4 days.

I think extending hours and potentially lifting some seating arrangements as long as fire codes are met would be a good idea. But open 24 hours and serving till 5am doesn't make a lot of sense.

Graham then will be the first Councilmember to blame the police if something happens in his Ward.

He should sign an agreement if this bill goes through that he can't blame anyone but himself if there are problems in his Ward.

Posted by: peterdc | December 2, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

There are going to be a lot of people hung over the whole week! This will be good for DC businesses, but at the same time I feel bad for any bartenders, servers, and other service industry people that will be working 24/7.

Posted by: miknugget | December 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, at least they won't have to actually leave a bar and get behind the wheel.

Posted by: TheProFromDover | December 2, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

A mandatory closing time for bars is a relic of our Puritan past.

In more progressive, less religiously dominated countries, bars can stay open as long as they like. It's not a big deal.

Posted by: DupontJay | December 2, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

A mandatory closing time for bars is a relic of our Puritan past.

In more progressive, less religiously dominated countries, bars can stay open as long as they like. It's not a big deal.
I agree, and funny that you mention the Puritan past. I brought up the same point when talking to a friend today about beer/liquor sales on Sundays. I don't need to be "protected" from my vices.

Posted by: miknugget | December 2, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

It will be just like living in the French Quarter, only with no beignets in the morning!

Posted by: vacajun33 | December 2, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is the stupidest idea I've heard in a long long time. Has to be from a DC politician...

Posted by: idiparker | December 2, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

The crack dealers won't like this at all.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | December 2, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Tijuana, D.C. Those college kids and younger military personnel obviously don't have enough time to liquored up, what with closeing at 2:00 a.m. Wake up people. When I was stationed there (mid 80's), we were hammered by midnight.

Posted by: tog84 | December 2, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for pushing the closing time back an hour or two in general, but making an exception so we can have millions of bollocked tourists who don't know DC is dumb.

Posted by: jeremyschappert | December 3, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

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