Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) plans to submit legislation today that would allow bars to open as early as 7 a.m. during the World Cup. Michael Neibauer at WBJ has the details. The bill, which could be voted on today, would allow bars to obtain an extension that would be valid only from June 11 through July 11. Since the World Cup’s venue is South Africa, many games will start was early as 7:30 a.m. Eastern time. Those establishments looking to extend their hours would need to pay a fee to the District’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration and could lose their waiver if the Police Chief feels there is a danger to public health or welfare.
This move would not be unprecedented; a four-day extension was granted for the inauguration of President Obama back in 2009.
You’ve been warned, D.C. With the ever-growing influx of interns, and now the possibility of bars being open nearly round-the-clock, it’s going to be a long summer. D.C. is home to many people with international roots and varied sporting allegiances, so this could get interesting. At this point it’s hard to say how many bars would take advantage of this possibility, though the WBJ piece does mention one–Lucky Bar in Dupont.