Measure to Keep Boston Bars Open Late Nixed

Boston, MA090211 September 02, 2011. Rooftop at Legal Harborside on a Thursday night. This is for a story on nightlife at the waterfront around the Seaport District area photographed on September 02, 2011. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MET Library Tag 09142011
A new measure that would have allowed bars and restaurants to stay open later didn’t make it out of the State House. Pictured: The rooftop at Legal Harborside on a Thursday night.
Essdras M Suarez/Boston Globe

Things were looking up for Boston! We had later hours for our subway system. We had promises of a city finally catching up to the 21st century. And we had a new, younger mayor who seemed willing to make all of those things a reality.

But a measure that would have allowed Boston bars and restaurants to stay open until 4 a.m. was not meant to be.

The Boston Globe reported that the provision was ultimately left out of the state budget on Sunday, despite having support from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and his team. Walsh argued that later hours would attract more foreign tourists who are not accustomed to all nightlife shutting down at 1 a.m., according to the report.

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But local lawmakers who opposed the measure believed it would hurt quality of life and even lead to more drunk driving, ultimately leading to the proposal’s demise.

The Globe’s report noted that Walsh “did not strenuously lobby House lawmakers to agree” to the later hours for bars and restaurants.