It's About Time: Proposed CA Bill Would Move Last Call to 4 a.m.

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A new law could keep bars in S.F. pouring drinks until 4 a.m.
Good news for night owls: A bill has been proposed into the California state legislation that would allow bars, clubs, restaurants, and other watering holes to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., instead of the current 2 a.m. State senator Mark Leno proposed the bill, which would require city and county officials to petition the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for the extended service.

Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego are expected to benefit the most financially, and perhaps psychologically too, since the bill would finally put California cities on footing with legendarily late-night towns like New York, Miami, and Las Vegas.

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Leno foresees concerns to be raised about drunk driving, late-night noise, and other issues that would arise from an additional two hours of boozing, but he focuses on the upside. "The bill offers cities an opportunity to create jobs, expand business and increase tax revenue," he says.

And then there's this: A member of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce told the Chronicle that he thinks the influx of young tech people in the city is creating demand for more late-night options -- so perhaps locals have to thank that much-maligned group for something besides driving up rents?

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Barbara Mcwilliams
Barbara Mcwilliams

Who are we kidding? Say NO to a 4am last call - it would jeopardize the lives of every bartender, waitperson, bouncer, bar manager, janitor, Police including the patron and everyone on their way home, after drinking until 4am. Is this being funded by the liquor lobby???

Barbara Mcwilliams
Barbara Mcwilliams

dangerous for everyone concerned, especially for bar managers, bouncers, bartenders, waitstaff, band members, cleaners, Police

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

Great more fuckin drunks out early in the morning

Mary Littlelamb
Mary Littlelamb

Here in South Florida there are a few bars open till 4am in Fort Lauderdale and in Miami some of them open till around 6am..

Blake Rutherford
Blake Rutherford

Good for revenue and cops getting more DUI's arrest, bad for single guys having to wait longer to get layed. :-(

RFarrow
RFarrow

Just make it 24 hrs for pete's sake. We don't need a curfew. 

Darren Shupe
Darren Shupe

Why not just let them stay open 24/7? That way you wouldn't have a bunch of hammered people flooding the roads immediately after last call.

Anand Singh
Anand Singh

what if we just keep the bars open until 4am and not need to serve past 230/3? and i think bars could petition individually to stay open later...i mean if strip bars can do it, why not everyone else?

Dino Gambina
Dino Gambina

Avoid all that last call mayhem altogether and just spread it over 24 hours.

Stephanie Munoz
Stephanie Munoz

Isnt it still true that nothing good happens after midnight... So four hrs of debauchery instead of two. Should be very entertaining :)

John B Davis
John B Davis

what do you think of arresting everyone that stumbles outa the place @ 4am....

Nia Nguyễn
Nia Nguyễn

Does "coyote ugly" get worse or better, the later the last call?

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

I dunno. All those faces that suddenly drop the 'tude and look around needingly at 1:50 are now going to do the same at 3:50? That's too late for a last call booty call. :)

Jody KW
Jody KW

Party Girl Me: "YAY!" Former Bartender Me: "Eff NO."

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