Should bars open early on St. Patty’s Day?

2/28/2008:

Tens of thousands of people gathering for the purpose of getting drunk is pretty much always a recipe for disaster.

Now while bars are legally allowed to open early for this Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hoboken, most have decided to voluntarily open at 11am. Local talking head Councilman Peter Cammarano thinks that having bars open early “provides oversight” over drinking revelers and is better than having folks get toasted at parties, or on the street, etc. Additionally, he thinks that the parade is “economically beneficial across Hoboken” with restaurants, garages and transportation being the beneficiaries of this annual booze-fest. Tell that to the baby store or gift shop.

Does it really make a difference whether bars open at 11am or 6am? I don’t really think so, because most people will be drunk before the clock strikes 12 anyway. Where they get their alcohol is pretty much irrelevant, and there will be lines at most bars all day anyway.

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69 Comments on "Should bars open early on St. Patty’s Day?"


rg
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rg
6 years 6 months ago

RUMOR HAS IT THIS IS THE LAST ST PATTYS DAY FOR ODONAHUES????

homeworld
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8 years 6 months ago

[quote comment=”70786″][quote comment=”70687″][quote comment=”70579″]
This parade has always been an event sponsored by the city (not the bars) so the politicians could rub elbows. The bars never asked the City for a parade. As this parade has grown it has become a revenue machine for our city fathers.
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Where this argument starts to fall apart is when, say, our fine city leaders, their family, and closest friends are the ones who own the bars. So in essence, it has always been a revenue machine for the city fathers – both through their bars, as well as for the bloated city government they run as well.[/quote]
Joe those are the bars that DONT get banged for $2500 over crowding tickets,[/quote]

wait, exceeding the maximum occupancy is only equal to 2.5 people drinking on their front steps?

TheGreenMan
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TheGreenMan
8 years 6 months ago

Well to be honest, they probably don’t care about the one day…although I’m sure their preference would be otherwise. I have a friend that goes there, I might ask him what he thinks. Most of the time he’s at other bars anyhow though, so it probably isn’t an issue.

hobojoe
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8 years 6 months ago

[quote comment=”70786″][quote comment=”70687″]
Where this argument starts to fall apart is when, say, our fine city leaders, their family, and closest friends are the ones who own the bars. So in essence, it has always been a revenue machine for the city fathers – both through their bars, as well as for the bloated city government they run as well.[/quote]
Joe those are the bars that DONT get banged for $2500 over crowding tickets,[/quote]

Yup- my point exactly. They take with one hand, and take with the other too.

Katie_Scarlett
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8 years 6 months ago

BTW, no one is opening before 11 according to every liquor store (and Shop Rite liquors) that I’ve called. BOO 😈

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