D.C. Bars Allowed to Open Early for World Cup

The start of the World Cup next week prompted emergency legislation in Washington.

D.C. Councilman Jim Graham proposed bars be allowed to open as early as 7 a.m. for the month-long event, according to the Washington Business Journal.

The games are being played in Johannesburg, South Africa, a six-hour time difference, and some games will be played as early as 7:30 a.m. here.

D.C. Council passed Graham's bill Tuesday, DCist reported. It allows bars to register with the Alcoholic Beverage to pay a flat fee to open at 7 a.m. during the World Cup, which begins June 11 and continues through July 11. The legislation does not extend the hours that bars can serve liquor.

Some bars are already gearing up for the event, the Business Journal reported. For example, Lucky Bar on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest is promising to show every game live.

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