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POLL: What Time Should Barclays Stop Serving Alcohol?

Is a 2 a.m. last call too late for the 18,000-seat arena?

At what time should the  stop serving alcohol? 

Last week, Community Board 6 during all events at the arena.

However the recommendation, which will go to the New York State Liquor Authority, came with two conditions that follow the policy already in place for the 40 NBA games:

  • During all NBA games no alcohol can be sold after the third quarter.
  • All alcohol sales cease an hour before the end of any other event.

However, BrooklynSpeaks, a coalition of civic organizations surrounding the arena, has a petition that requests all alcoholic beverage sales be cut off at 10 p.m. at the absolute latest in all areas of the arena, reflecting area residents fear of drunk pedestrians and drivers flooding the streets after the 180 non-NBA events expected next year. In addition, there are four clubs in the buiding that could be open additional nights.

But others argued that the community should not interfere with the arena’s ability to make as much money as it can.

What time do you think Barclays should be required to stop serving alcohol?

Rosetta Thomas May 14, 2012 at 08:31 PM
@ Gib: you are absolutely correct about that. How many of this 18,000 is really going to be drinking the overpriced beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages? More than likely they will leave the game and go to the neighborhood bar, give them business and pose the same risk. Personally, and this is me, I never understood why alcohol is sold at ANY sporting event. My question is STILL what time does the bars and lounges stop selling alcohol?
Rosetta Thomas May 14, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Let me make a minor correction. It is not only at sporting events that they will be serving alcohol at the Center, but the premise is the same.
Gib Veconi May 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Rosetta: I may have misunderstood your first post. Gross concession revenues from the arena were estimated in the bond offering at $32MM in the first year. A lot of that will be the overpriced beverages you mention, but some arena customers will surely patronize local bars after events, too. In New York State, an on-premise liquor license allows a bar to serve until 4AM. In some situations, bar owners have agreed to close earlier in exchange for community support for the application before the State Liquor Authority. In some cases (like Kemistry Lounge), applicants who would not agree to close earlier have had their applications rejected by Community Boards (whose role is only advisory). Today, bars in neighborhoods around the arena have varying hours of operation. But there are a growing number of new applicants seeking larger spaces, and later hours.
Casey May 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM
We can vote all we want, but if Ratner wants drinking until 2 a.m., he'll get it, with the blessings of Markowitz, Bloomberg and new parents Jay-Z and Beyonce. Throw in Barbra Streisand, too.
Not Bruce Ratner May 15, 2012 at 11:41 AM
And a lot more "super-bars" planned or opening along Flatbush, this is just the start of the problem. Hate to say I told you so, but... How are all all those great jobs and affordable housing working out for you????

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