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: