Sleepless in Seattle? You may be getting 24-hour bar service

on 15/07/11 at 2:17 pm

Booze News

The state’s Liquor Control Board is taking a wait-and-see approach to a request from Seattle to extend bar hours – including the possibility of 24-hour service.

On Thursday Mayor Mike McGinn and City Attorney Pete Holmes will say they’re beginning efforts to get the city permission to have certain establishments sell beer and liquor after the current 2 a.m. closing time.

Addressing the concerns of neighbors and bar owners has been a priority for McGinn and the City Council. In July of 2010, the mayor unveiled his eight-point plan for improving the safety of Seattle’s night-life scene and reducing conflicts between drinking establishments and residents in more urban neighborhoods like Belltown. The plan called for allowing bars to serve alcohol after 2 a.m. But that would require the state Liquor Control Board’s blessing.

“We’re going to withhold judgement,” Brian Smith, Liquor Control Board spokesman, told “We’ve always maintained that public safety is the number one issue. The evidence we’re familiar with doesn’t necessarily say that 24-hour service is safer than the existing situation.”


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