Poll: Does the Seattle Beer Community Want Bars Open Past 2am?

May 30th, 2012 · 6 Comments · General Beer News, Polls

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.

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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.



6 Comments so far ↓

  • John C

    Given who I am (married 27-year-old) and what kind of drinking I usually do (beer-only, usually at a brewpub or at least a beer-oriented bar), I can’t see myself *ever* being at a bar past 2AM anymore. That said, if establishments want to take on the extra risk that goes along with later closing times, who am I to stand in their way?

  • Bob

    Ya gotta go home some time! I think the 2 am cutoff is enough for people who work late shifts. By that time I am thinking coffee and eggs, not beer and pizza. But I’ ll be asleep so I don’t care.

  • Matt

    As a beer drinker, I know I will rarely if ever be out after 1am. So, personally, any changes will have minimal impact. However, I do believe that bars should be able to run whatever hours they wish to. There’s no reason not to serve beer or other alcohol whenever they feel it is appropriate.

  • Ryan

    Most places I frequent close well before 2am, so any change in the closing time won’t bother me.

    That being said, if a pub wants to have a go at serving late-night customers I’m all for it. Who am I to tell someone else how to run their business? I’m sure there are many people just getting off work around 2am who would love to grab a drink before heading home.

  • A Cat

    I personally would very rarely frequent a place that late, but I think it is a bad decision to push a bunch of drunks out simultaneously. I know we hope people are smart enough not to drive afterwards, but the reality is the roads are scary at 2AM. Last call is time to slam a couple more shots before having to hit the roads (I’d love some bus service after 2AM as well).


    …CLOSING TIME….You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here

    terrible idea, seattle could barely handle the 2am crowd as is, having the same riff raff go on and possibly more at all nights of the hours would cause the DOJ to go in like it’s open season

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