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Cash_thatswhatiwant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:49 PM
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D.C. Bars, Nightclubs to Be Open 24-hours A Day for Inauguration Week
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 02:49 PM by Cash_thatswhatiwant
The D.C. Council approved emergency legislation this evening that will allow District bars, nightclubs and restaurants to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. three hours later than usual and remain open for food around the clock from Jan. 17 until the morning after Obamas swearing-in Jan. 20.

The bill was the brainchild of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and was introduced by council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who represents nightlife-heavy neighborhoods of Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant.

The council approved the bill 9 to 4. Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) was the only one who objected to the extra hours. But Graham, Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) and Muriel Bowser also voted against the bill, which originally excluded nightclubs at Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's request, after it was amended to include them.

With as many as three million people expected to come to Washington for the inaugural, the city must be meet their entertainment demands, Graham had said upon introducing the measure.

"I know a lot of people are excited about the inauguration and I share that excitement," Mendelson said. "But there are very few people I know of out partying at 5 in the morning or 4 in the morning who arent getting drunk. I think there are going to be consequences to that from a public safety and public order point of view. It's not a good policy to be supporting."

The only day the city regularly extends normal drinking hours is Jan. 1, when bars are allowed to keep serving alcohol until 4 a.m. But the legislation quickly drew the ire of civic leaders, who complained that the council did not seek public input. The new rules could create more noise and problems for residents, said activists who have fought for tougher restrictions on bars and restaurant.

On a normal week, bars and nightclubs can serve alcohol until 2 a.m. on weekdays and until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The only day the city regularly extends normal drinking hours is Jan. 1, when bars are allowed to keep serving alcohol until 4 a.m.

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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:50 PM
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1. You know that's really cool because for some folks, it's an option to housing
You could come in Monday night and hang out at a bar until 5am then head out to the parade around that time.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:56 PM
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2. Also, if the bars should provide a little buffet for its patrons, it's a solution
to the hunger problem. It's all good, right?
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LibertyLover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 03:03 PM
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3. Last night I was driving home from the metro station
listening to WTOP, DC's news radio station. They actually have a number of talking heads from both the left and the right that do regular commentaries. One of them, a Chris Core, does a segment called "Core Values" and is usually conservative in his leanings. On his segment last night he was talking about this decision and had one or two amusing comments - 'they're concerned about how to handle up to 4 million people - how about handling 4 million drunk people?" and "well, this solves some of the housing issues for the inauguration - people can stay in the bars". He also pointed out that Metro is not planning on running 'round the clock during the inauguration and wondered how people would get home, since as he put it "the guy ordering a drink at 3 am is probably not ordering his first." Apparently one of the council members, when asked, said that there would be lots of taxi cabs. Yeah, I've been out on the streets in DC at 4 am and just had my pick of taxis :sarcasm: Thank goodness the law firm I worked for at the time had a car service on call, otherwise I never would have gotten home.
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Mike Daniels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 03:12 PM
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4. And if you flag a cab, good luck getting them to let you in once you say you're going to Virginia
I've left the 9:30 Club several times and found myself walking to K Street (approx. a mile) before I found a cab that would take me to Alexandria, Virginia.

Taxi regulations aside, the cab drivers have no qualms about making you give them your destination before they let you in and if you're not going to where they can pick another fare up in a matter of minutes you're SOL.

Yeah, yeah, they're violating the rules and could be reported but how many tourists are going to know that little information?

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ieoeja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:05 PM
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5. Democrats: we put the Party in party politics. n/t
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