Extended Drinking Hours in the City … Extended
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The D.C. Alcohol Beverage Administration has approved permission for an additional seven bars and restaurants to serve alcohol until 4:00 a.m. on Veterans’ Day.
Mayor Vincent Gray has been pushing for bars to stay open later. A part of his 2013 fiscal budget was to change D.C. liquor regulations in an attempt to haul in an extra $3 million in tax revenue. This is the second chance he’s had to sample his holiday weekend experiment.
Along with extended hours of alcohol service, these designated establishments are expected to serve food the entire night. In exchange, they do not have to close at all leading into the holiday.
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 pilot portion ends and the program kicks into full gear beginning on New Year’s. Also, for New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, extended closing times can last the entire weekend leading up to the holiday.
The experiment began in October when 42 bars were granted extended hours for Columbus Day weekend. According to the director of ABRA, no significant problems arose, although he did say some bars that did not register for the program did stay open later.
Those bars were cited.
Here’s the full list of 49 bars that have the right to stay open late on holidays:
Boundary Stone Public House
Old Ebbitt Grill
U Street Music Hall
18th Street Lounge
Eye Bar/Garden of Eden
Phase I of Dupont
Rock N Roll Hotel
Dangerously Delicious DC
Jr’s Bar and Brill
Dupont Italian Kitchen
Cobalt/30 Degrees/Level One
Bachelor’s Mill/Back Door Pub
Dirty Martini Inn Bar/Dirty Bar
Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar
Jackie Lee’s Lounge
Phase I (SE)
Opera Ultra Lounge
Lima Restaurant and Lounge
Music and Arts Club