Proposed tweak would let Colorado bars stay open until 4:30 a.m., not 7

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DENVER — The idea of allowing Colorado’s bars to remain open and serving alcohol until 7 a.m. raised a lot of eyebrows.

Now, the lawmaker behind the proposal hopes an amendment, which would only allow bars to stay open until 4:30 a.m., will help secure more support for her proposal, drawn up as a possible solution to the frequent spike in violence when a flood of bar-goers come streaming out into the streets at 2 a.m., the current closing time mandated by the state.

“We initially gave a lot of discretion to cities and counties about how late bars could stay open,” said Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, the sponsor of House Bill 1132.

“After a lot of discussion, we’ve come up with a compromise that will still give local governments a lot of discretion, but they can only extend bar hours to 4:30 a.m.”

Duran is hopeful the changes to the bill, which she’ll formally introduce at a hearing later this week, will win it more bipartisan support.

“If people stay until 4:30, they’ll still be able to use public transportation to leave the area,” Duran said. “And I think you’ll see Democrats and Republicans like the idea of giving local governments more discretion when it comes to this topic.”

Last week, FOX31 Denver reported that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration and the city council supports the proposal, although it’s not clear what Denver would do should the bill become law.

1 Comment

  • Jeremy

    I like the extended hours proposal. I usually DD for my friends and around 12:30 everyone decides last call is just around the corner so they might as well stay another hour. At 1:00, everyone usually finishes their drink, orders another, finishes that drink at last call and has one final drink before leaving. The rest of the night they drank at a steady pace and suddenly put down 3 drinks in about 45 minutes. It is not a good combination when they are set free with everyone else who just did the same thing. I think the 4:30 closing time will allow a good percentage of the people thinking about going home at 12:30 to go home and those who rally until closing time will hopefully be a much smaller crowd.

    Of course the whole thing could just lead to another 2.5 hours of drinking and nothing changes except what time the fights start.

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