Saturday, December 20, 2008

DC To The World Re Inauguration: We Realize This Is One Of The Biggest Things Ever; Our Bars Will Be Open All Night Long To Ensure Party Just As Big

barack obama rally crowdSo, DC is a little worried about how they’re going to be able to handle the 5 million or so people expected to converge on the city for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

Their solution? Keep 'em drunk.
Still, finding a floor remains feasible. The farther away from the District one looks for a hotel, the more options there are. Meanwhile, the online message board is crawling with locals looking to lend their empty futons, spare rooms, or entire homes to visitors. For those willing to brave the cold or who are rolling in on an RV, urban camping at Greenbelt or Prince William Forest parks is an option. (And no, camping on the Mall to snag a viewing spot for the swearing-in is not allowed).

For the truly desperate, the city passed an emergency law to allow bars, nightclubs, and restaurants to stay open all night long from January 17 through the 21st. They can serve alcohol until 4 a.m. but provide food round the clock.
Shit. At least their heart is in the right place.

DC passed a special law just so bars, clubs and restaurants can stay open 24/7 to let people celebrate the inauguration round the clock. For five straight days.

We're sorry, but that is FUCKING AWESOME.

Which brings us to a related matter in Philadelphia: keeping the bars open later than 2 o’clock in the morning. Because, let's face it, a 1:45 a.m. last call is child’s play.

Consider the following.

A.) Young people are critical to a successful city.
B.) Young people, typically in their 20s and 30s, like to blow off some steam at the bar from time to time. That includes being able to stay at the bar drinking legally after 2 a.m.
C.) By that math, young people will be more likely to live in a city that gives them the freedom to drink a few cocktails after 2 a.m. At the bar. Legally.

New York does exactly that and note that their city has not burned to the ground or turned into Sodom or Gomorrah.

Moreover, extending the hours in which licensed bars can sell booze will only create more commerce and tax revenue, so there’s really no downside.

We vote yes.

Not convinced? Listen to you conscience:
[ Click to watch the first minute or so this clip. ]


Washington faces enormous crowds for Barack Obama's inauguration
[ The Times Online ]
Tourist Tips for Washington, D.C. During Barack Obama's Inauguration [ US News & World Report ]

[ Photo via Flickr User Barack Obama ]

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