It’s called “The Armistice” — and I should be able to enjoy one in the wee small hours.
Attention, Social Drunkards of Seattle: I don’t give a shit if you vote one way or the other on I-1183, the Costco-sponsored legislation that would put hard liquor in grocery stores. (For the record, I’m against it for a number of reasons, many of which are detailed in the Stranger’s slate of endorsements. It’s simply a poorly written initiative.) However, I can get fully behind Seattle Council Resolution 31308, explained here in a recent email from the staff of Neumo’s.
WANT THE BARS TO BE OPEN LATER, POSSIBLY EVEN 24 HOURS?
Please write, email, or phone the Liquor Board and express your support for City of Seattle Council Resolution Number 31308, a resolution requesting that the Washington State Liquor Control Board amend State Administrative Rule WAC 314-11-070 and create a new section to allow local governments to petition the Board to change service areas within local jurisdictions.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board has entered into the initial stage of rule making to revise WAC-314-11-070 During What Hours Can I Sell and Serve Liquor? The City of Seattle filed a petition with the board requesting a change to WAC-31411-070 to allow local governments to petition the board to establish extended service hours within their local jurisdictions.
The rule currently prohibits the sale or service of liquor between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Please forward your initial comments to the Liquor Control Board by mail, email, or fax by December 1st, 2011.
Liquor Control Board
PO Box 43080
Olympia WA 98504
Neumos and Moe Bar strongly recommend the WSLCB make extended hours of service possible. As busy and predominantly late-night Seattle businesses on Capitol Hill, we believe it would help many safety concerns night life is faced with. It would help eliminate the 2 a.m. push out, which is taxing on SPD, benefit cab service and increase street safety. In addition, it would have a positive impact on the city of Seattle from a tourism and general economic standpoint.
Thank you for you consideration!
Me again. I know you have reservations about 24-hour bars, but listen: I used to live next door to several of 24-hour establishments in Las Vegas, and there was no terrible fallout: children frolicked in their shadow, cops were able to deal with their problems without coming out in force, and God-fearing folk walked by them daily without incident. All this resolution will do is remove a pressure valve by putting an end to that last call push-out — which if you’ve ever been in Belltown around that time of night you know to be a jubilee of belligerence, irresponsible driving and projectile fluids. Let’s help Seattle to say goodbye to all that.