Select D.C. Bars Take a Shot at 24-Hour Service for Columbus Day

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Columbus Day is a cause for extended celebration with excessive amounts of alcohol, at least for a select few D.C. bars this weekend.

A part of Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2013 fiscal budget was to change D.C. liquor regulations in an attempt to haul in an extra $3 million in tax revenue, which allows some bars to get an endless drinking pass.

The new policy dictates that bars and restaurants in the District are permitted to stay open 24 hours on the eve of a holiday, like this weekend’s Columbus Day. Alchohol sale would eventually be cut off, but with a new kill time of 4 a.m.

But Mayor Gray isn’t going to jump feet first into getting D.C. residents wet behind the ears all night, so he’s trying it out first, at just 42 bars. It begins this weekend, on Sunday – the night before Columbus Day.

The Washington Post released the full list of overproductive bars, which you can find here, but we’ve got the Top 25.

These lucky 42 bars and restaurants first had to qualify as trial subjects through a series of prerequisites by the alcohol board, such as showing their plans for extended-hour crowd and noise control.

A total of 57 applications were submitted for the guilt-free pass, with trials also being granted for the nights prior to Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Now to the list:

1 – Haydee’s Restaurant

2 – Haydee’s 2000

3 – Boundary Stone Public House

4 – Old Ebbitt Grill

5 – U Street Music Hall

6 – 18th Street Lounge

7 – K Street

8 – Eye Bar/Garden of Eden

9 – Café Asia

10 – Taste

11 – Mova

12 – Sabor Latino

13 – Toledo Lounge

14 – Phase I of Dupont

15 – Rock N Roll Hotel

16 – Ziegfeld’s Secrets

17 – Jimmy Valentine’s

18 – Current Sushi

19 – Midtown

20 – Dangerously Delicious DC

21 – The Argonaut

22 – Jr’s Bar and Brill

23 – Dupont Italian Kitchen

24 – Cobalt/30 Degrees/Level One

25 – Bachelor’s Mill/Back Door Pub

And for the rest…

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