D.C. Bars To Stay Open Late for Obama Inauguration Partying

Council passes measure to keep bars open around the clock during inauguration week

Washington, D.C. residents and millions of tourists may not even remember next January's inauguration weekend if they take advantage of a proposal to keep bars in the nation's capital open 24 hours a day.

If the estimated 4 million people do swarm the District for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, they're going to need some places to unwind with a drink, right?  That's the logic behind the capital's city council's plans to keep bars, restaurants and nightclubs open all night.

Tuesday evening, the District's council passed emergency legislation to allow bars, restaurants and nightclubs to stay open until 5 a.m. for the inauguration, according to the Washington Examiner.

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty had requested that nightclubs not be included in the measure.

The measure is similar to one that was passed in Minnesota for areas around the Republican National Convention.  Some bars and restaurants paid an extra fee to stay open later during the RNC.  Some say the extra bar time paid off for those serving drinks, while others weren't impressed with the Republican drinking capacity.

So whether it will be Republicans drowning their sorrows or Democrats having an inaugural ball, DC is going to be Bar-ocking come January.

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