Take Our Poll: Do you want the Bars in the West End to close at 2am?

The word on the street is that there’s a quiet movement amongst the non-bar business owners in the West End to have the Beech Street bars close at 2am. The idea is to make Long Beach safer and most likely cleaner – as most street urination and throw ups occur between 2am and 4am (I don’t have any backup stats on that, but I think it’s a safe assumption.) Of course you have the flip side of the coin – the bar owners who will argue that they make most of their money between 1am and 4am.

Before you start thinking this is a step backwards for Long Beach, it’s actually a growing trend that is happening all over the US, particularly in NYC. In the article from the Gothamist titled “The Bostonization Of NYC: More Neighborhoods Demand Bars Close At 2 AM)”, the author writes:

2 a.m. is becoming the norm for last call, because local community boards are withholding liquor license approval unless barkeeps agree to shut down early. We’ve seen this happen all over the Lower East Side, the Meatpacking District, and Tribeca, and now Harlem is the latest

Despite my horrible photoshop of a man in the West End throwing up at exactly 2am, I withhold my opinion because I want to see what you folks think. Should the bars in the West End close at 2am? Take the poll:

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12 thoughts on “Take Our Poll: Do you want the Bars in the West End to close at 2am?”

  1. I’m not too sure this is a good idea. The people that are going for this need to think long and hard about what I am about to say.

    There comes a problem with this and I’m not talking about the $$ that the owners will lose. When the bars close at 4, people leave at all different times. Its kind of like a staggered departure. This staggered departure usually happens from 1 – 4. People come and go and able to catch a cab or the bus.

    If you close at 2, that means last call will come around 130-145. Then you will have a mass exodus of ALL the bars at the same time! This can lead to even more problems on the streets. People will be looking for something to do and having that many drunk people (think all bars, especially the blocks between Beach House to Minny’s) on the streets at once will only lead to issues. People complain about fights and drunkards on the streets of Irish Day? Think about that for every Thurs./Fri./Sat. nite in the summer. SCARY! I want no part of that. The police will surely have their hands full.

    For the record, I can’t remember the last time I was at a bar past 1am, so my opinions have nothing to do with my own drinking preferences.

  2. I agree. Everyone is just going to look for a new place to drink. People will prob just end up having house parties. So, as much as the public urination and vomitting stinks (no pun intended), I don’t think it will change. They’ll just do it on the way to/from the house party.

  3. Like I said, I don’t really have much of an opinion. I neither live in the west end, nor do i find myself in bars at those times -so I don’t understand at all what the situation is or would be. But great feedback. So far the polls have more people wanting the bars to stay open.

  4. This won’t change anything… if you’ve ever spent a night in Boston or any other place with 2am cut-off, people just go out at earlier.

    Change the drinking hours and we’ll be puking on the streets between midnight-2am instead 🙂

  5. I don’t frequent the bars much but I can tell you that when I’m in a state in which bars close at 2am. It seems way too early to go home & I appreciate NY even more.

  6. For the sake of the residents who live there, I think they should close at 2AM. You could say the same thing about people wandering around at 4AM looking for some place to go. I’d think that people would rather deal with noise at 2AM vs. 4AM. I think bar patrons are adults and can deal with it.

  7. Yes, please shut them down earlier. I hate waking up at 4:15 on a Friday morning because some drunks are yelling down my block. Also, the bigger problem solver would be if the cops actually did something (wrote tickets, put them in the drunk tank) to deter these quality of life issues. 90% of the time the cops seem to let things go, which doesn’t deter anything.

  8. its been a very long time since i was in a bar that wasnt a restaurant and even longer since i was in one after 11, however when i was younger i spent alot of time in them and I went to school in cities where the bars closed at 1. Based on my experience you are way better keeping bars open until 4 as: 1)(as noted above) people leave in smaller groups over the night (instead of a mass exodus at 2am); 2) when last call is early (such as 1:30 am or so) people start drinking heavy as last call approaches; 3) when bars close earlier, people start drinking earlier; and 4)at 2am, it is much more likely that they spill into the streets / house party as they are still awake. Just my opinion based on when i stayed out all night — from a guy that the last time i was in the west end at 4:30 am i was driving to a flight.

  9. Well said, Westenddude. I haven’t been out in a LB bar after 1 am in years because I feel that no good comes after 2am in a bar. However judging from my experience in college where last call was at 1:30, people just drink more in a shorter amount of time and then are out on the streets when the full buzz sets in looking for ways to entertain themselves.

    The bar scene is part of the West End, it draws revenue and keeps the city lively.

    P.S. If this is the worst of our problems, I think we are doing alright.

  10. went to school upstate and always enjyed the bars closing at 2. lets you move on to an after party, or home and have a chance at a good day the next day. no good comes after 2.

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