According to an article in today’s Seattle Times, the Washington State Liquor Control Board is scheduled to vote today in Olympia on Seattle’s petition to allow jurisdictions to set service hours. Current state law prohibits alcohol sales between 2am and 6am.
From the Seattle Times:
Seattle officials say the change would promote a more vibrant nightlife and avoid the violence and disorder that sometimes accompany the current 2 a.m. “push-out,” when all the bars in a busy area close at the same time.
I’m not sure how many beer-focused bars and breweries would choose to stay open past 2am even if they could, but I’m sure there would be a few that at least did on weekends given the option.
As consumers, what do you think? Do you have any interest in seeing bars stay open past 2am, and do you see yourself using the later hours to visit these establishments? Feel free to leave a comment if you’d like.
If anyone in the beer industry feels like weighing in, I’d love to hear what bar owners/bartenders/breweries think about the possibility of staying open past 2am.
Personally, I think 2am is plenty late enough. Then again, I’m old these days. When I lived in Chicago during my mid-20’s, I occasionally hit the bars with 5am licenses after a long night of drinking. I’m pretty sure in every case that I would have been better off going home. Not much good ever happens after 2am. I really think keeping bars open later is just asking for more trouble.