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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/ 1/2010

Extended bar hours for World Cup fans?

By Washington Post editors

District soccer fans would be allowed to hit the bars and hoist a pint to their favorite team as early as 7 a.m. throughout the month-long World Cup if the D.C. Council backs emergency legislation proposed by Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), reports the Washington Business Journal.

Johannesburg, South Africa is six hours ahead of eastern daylight time, and World Cup games will be played as early as 7:30 a.m. here. The world's most watched sporting event will be a draw across the globe, and the District's bars are no exception.

Graham's bill, up for consideration Tuesday, would not extend the hours that a licensee is allowed to sell alcohol, according to a memo from the Ward 1 council member to Council Chairman Vincent Gray. But it would allow licensees to register with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, pay a flat fee and open at 7 a.m. between June 11 and July 11.

ABRA rules allow a licensee to obtain a one-day "substantial change license" six times a year, Graham wrote, which is "not effective in this instance."

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  soccer, world cup  
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