Drink 'til dawn: Montreal mayor open to idea of bars selling booze until 6 a.m.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre is shown following a meeting at City Hall Monday, December 2, 2013 in Quebec City. Coderre says he doesn't see any reason why watering holes shouldn't be allowed to sell booze until 6 a.m. — a three-hour extension of current licensing laws. "Listen, we are a metropolis," he said in an interview Thursday. "If it's good for Berlin and Sydney, Australia, I don't see why we can't do that." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
March 06, 2014 - 12:24 PM
MONTREAL - Drink 'til dawn.
If a pilot project being proposed by Mayor Denis Coderre is successful, Montrealers might be able to do just that.
Coderre says he doesn't see any reason why watering holes shouldn't be allowed to sell booze until 6 a.m. — a three-hour extension of current licensing laws.
If it's ever allowed, there would only be a two-hour gap when bars couldn't serve alcohol — between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.
The mayor believes the 3 a.m. last call causes security and noise problems because too many people head out into the streets at the same time.
Montreal staged its annual all-night arts festival last weekend and Coderre said it was amazing to see citizens behaving themselves.
Any decision to change licensing hours must be endorsed by the province.
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