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Proposal in Legislature would let bars stay open until 7 a.m.

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DENVER -- There is a proposal working its way around the Colorado Legislature to let bars stay open until 7 a.m.

The idea is to prevent some of the violence and other problems in places like Denver's lower Downtown and central Broadway areas.

Officials say the problem is that the bars currently close at 2 a.m. and in places where there is a high concentration of drinking establishments, everyone pours out onto the streets at the same time after having a few drinks.

Fights happen and it's hard for police to keep a watch over.

Supporters of the idea of letting bars stay open longer say that spreading out closing times could prevent some of the violent problems.

9 comments

  • Pete

    Moronic. How about bar owners & bartenders do their jobs not serving drunk patrons and police do their jobs like they do in every other city? No, let’s just change the laws to benefit lazy cops.

  • K

    So people can leave one city when those bars close, and drive to another that’s still serving? So, reduce fights.. and increase drunk driving? ? This is moronic.

  • tom barnes

    No to this! instead of fights breaking out at 2am they will be at 7am cause you know all the bars will want to stay open that late to make extra money and stay competitive! then you have all the idiots out there during rush hour traffic! Wow very smart!

  • Stacia

    I am sure servers and bartenders would love this! ;-) How about bar owners stop serving to already wasted clientel, and they cut people off sooner than 1:45 AM.

  • Robin Archuleta

    So let’s extend closing time to allow a spread to allow people to not flood the streets/hwys at once. Get real. People who party until six in the morn’ (that’s a lyric) are no different than ones leaving at 2 – guess what – still drunk. I would guess a high percentage of people drink it up until the fat lady sings – it’s closing time. Get out.
    Less violent incidents. Please..crime never rests.

    DISAGREE

  • Alpha Omega

    So, taking this flawed logic to its natural conclusion, why not just keep them open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there will be no fights whatsoever…LOL. These are the same people who think banning a scary looking semi-automatic rifle will somehow make the crazies turn sane.

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