Closing Time – You Don’t Have to Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here
Two Boston city councilors want Boston hotel bars to stay open until 4 am according to this boston globe story. Opponents say that Boston’s a town of neighborhoods, and, if some establishments are open until 4 am, it will be disruptive – these people have a right to peace and quiet.
The idea to keep some establishments open longer has come up multiple times, but its always shot down. According to the article, “Councilor Jerry P. McDermott of Allston-Brighton vehemently opposed the idea of extending bar hours. ”If people want to go to a place where the bars are open until 4 a.m., then Boston’s not the city for them,” McDermott said.”
After hours parties, however, are becoming something of a problem for Boston. There are entrepeneurs who hand out leaflets and have big after-hours parties in places like Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan – however some of these parties are now moving into other Boston areas, like Hyde Park. Occasionally, there’s some violence after these after-hours parties – not a big shock.
As a native New Yorker (and former bartender), who now proudly calls himself a Bostonian, the early ‘closing time’ has always interested me. Granted, this is a puritanical state when it comes to alcohol – remember when we couldn’t buy booze on Sundays? That wasn’t so long ago. It was always a pain in the neck to have people over to watch Football on Sundays, you had to plan in advance and get the beer on Saturday. If you ran out — tough luck.
When I visit my brother in NYC, the nights out don’t generally start until 10 or 11 pm – but here, in Boston, parties might start right after work, or at 8 pm after a quick dinner. I like Boston’s 1 am closing time, personally. Its pretty easy to get to work if you’ve only been up until 2. Much tougher if you’re up until 5.
I’m not sure how I feel about hotel bars being allowed to stay open until 4, and I’m confident this will be shot down in the City Council. What do you think? Should Boston have some late night establishments for a few cocktails after 2 am? Are the early closing times of Boston drinking establishments a bane or a boon to our fair, puritanical city?
I wonder how the purveyors of booze will weigh in on this. Is it better for bars to close earlier, thereby having fewer belligerent drunks? Or is it better to stay open longer, so the bars make more dough? Another big problem, of course, is public transportation. If I had to get home at 4 am, its cab city, no other option other than a designated driver. As the ‘T’ is less than adequate in its coverage of the greater Boston area, one can easily understand why bars open until 4 would be a big problem for many of the outer Boston ‘burbs’.
That’s just my $0.02 – what do you think?