Liquor board rejects 6 a.m. last call idea

Mayor's summer pilot project will not happen

After a few days of hearings, Quebec's liquor board has decided to not allow bars to stay open until 6 a.m. this summer.

In a decision that came down late Wednesday afternoon, the board says allowing bars to stay open until 6 a.m. was "against the public interest & could harm public tranquillity."

The pilot project was due to kick in on Thursday night, and run for four consecutive weekends.

Mayor Denis Coderre announced the pilot project in March. It was to give 19 bars in the downtown Ville-Marie borough the green light to stay open until 6 a.m. — well beyond the standard 3 a.m. closing time.

The liquor board was forced to reexamine its choice, however, after certain bars outside of the Ville Marie area complained.

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  1. Juge posted on 06/11/2014 06:28 PM
    I fully agree with the QLB. The last thing this city needs is a bunch of inebriated people roaming the streets, possibly getting behind the wheel of a car at 6am while the rest of the city is just starting their day. Closing at 3am gives those who want to drink late into the night, WAY more than enough hours to drink. Why would we want to give them more time to drink more? Give it a rest.
  2. Pat posted on 06/12/2014 10:02 AM
    So essentially, because a free cry babies complained about not being included in the selection the idea got shut down.

    I'm not one to ever stay out that late let alone to 3:00 am, but I do believe that our night life and overall cities festivities need to become unique to attract more tourism and consumer buying. If we don't change our economy will not change. And we are currently barreling towards and empty pit of dispair.
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