Article Title:Comment: 4am closure will yield new tradition
Category:NZ Writing
Author or Credit:Mike Binis
Published on:27th August 2010 - 12:23 pm
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Story ID:9247
Text:Mike Binis Now that changes to the Liquor Laws are on the horizon, many are worried that when all the bars close at the same time, there will be a 4am spill. If there is, it will only last a week. After that, drunks will be wondering why they are still standing on the street with no place to go, when everyone else has moved on. A new tradition will emerge, and one that has existed in places like New York for decades. In New York City, and up-state cities like Buffalo in Erie county, 4am has always been the final moment of sale for any establishment serving alcohol (they could remain open, just not sell alcohol.) Most patrons leave well before then to avoid being the 'last drunks' in the bar (a label kiwis seem to aspire to) so the streets are not filled with aimless revelers. But, wait, there's more. What developed was a restaurant culture: partiers leaving the bar and going to a restaurant for breakfast! No, not a kebab stand or Macca's, a REAL breakfast at a sit-down restaurant such as Denny's, or the dozens of really good 24 hour Greek restaurants, family restaurants, pancake houses, waffle houses, or egg    Mike Binis - 27th August 2010
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