D.C. Bars Open 24-7 on Inauguration Week: Queue the Frat Boys

The Washington Times is reporting – in minuscule detail – that legislation has passed through the Washtington D.C. Council to allow bars and restaurants to operate 24 hours a day for the entirety of Inauguration Week, citing the “need” to keep the party safely indoors. They point to the revelers in the streets of Washington on Election Day as the kind of thing they’d like to avoid.

OK, it’s their city after all – even if it’s our capital – so they can run their affairs as they see fit. But a couple of points worth making:

  • The city is estimating as many as three million people will be in town on that week. There is no way to avoid the party spilling into the streets. In fact, adding 24-hour alcohol is likely to fuel the fire, not quench it.
  • Election Day did not end badly, why are they afraid of Inauguration Day?
  • They’re not afraid of Election Day all over again. They’re looking to cash in on the festivities in their districts. Fine if that’s what you’re after, but why pretend differently?
  • What is it about frat boys vomiting into trash barrels – and come on, you know that’s what’s going to happen – says “The Change We Need?”

All things considered, I’m quite happy not to be going to the inauguration. Me thinks this is going to be a fucking disaster.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.