The State of California is considering a law that may eventually allow alcohol last call to be pushed to 4am, a change that could revolutionize the whole spectrum of nightlife in the entire state if approved.
Nightclubs throughout California, and especially so in larger cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, are currently suffering from a state-wide law that mandates that all venues must stop selling alcohol at 2am. This essentially means that by 1:45am most bars are closing out all open tabs and rightly refusing to serve anymore, causing party-goers to rush around nightclubs ahead of cut-off time to get their last drink in. The current state of affairs is also directly responsible for the programming of set times, with headliners often playing sets near 12-1am in order to hit peak-time with the crowd still in attendance and drinking alcohol. Why? Often-times the crowd simply thins out past 2am for obvious reasons.
The Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act, which was proposed on February 14, proposes that the decision on last call should be the responsibility of each municipality, possibly allowing major nightlife hubs such as San Francisco or Los Angeles to continue serving until 4am.
“California currently has a one-size-fits-all 2 am end to alcohol service, regardless of circumstances,” State Senator Scott Wiener stated on a Facebook post. “Nightlife matters a lot, culturally and economically, and it’s time to allow local communities more flexibility.”
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