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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

click to enlarge A new law could keep bars in S.F. pouring drinks until 4 a.m. - FLICKR/SUSANNA BOLLE

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.

See also: Beer-Loving Man in Basement Tells Mayor Ed Lee to "Grow a Pair" Over Proposed 4 a.m. Bar Closing (Video)

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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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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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