More Happy Hours You Can Believe In

While Iowa City struggles to kick its booze binging woes, Washington DC gears up for some liberal inaugural tippling:

Hoping to tap in to an inaugural bonanza, the D.C. Council Tuesday night voted in favor of extending last call to 5 a.m. and allow bars and restaurants to serve food around the clock during inauguration week.

Millions of visitors are expected to descend on the city to celebrate Barack Obama’s presidential swearing-in on Jan. 20. The council hopes to accommodate the throng by allowing licensed restaurants and taverns to serve drinks later and to keep their doors open 24 hours a day for the whole week.

At the request of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a Democrat, the legislation excluded nightclubs, which would have had to continue observing the current closing hour of 2 a.m. However, council member David A. Catania, at-large independent, moved after the vote to remove the nightclub exclusion from the bill, and his amendment carried 8-5.

Council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, who introduced the bill, said the measure will allow the city’s entertainment industry to “engage fully” in inauguration week, which includes Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19.

 In other booze news…

The New York Times devotes its food section today to cocktail culture, arguing that the White Russian is making a comeback and that bartenders can be divided up by their core “philosphies” of drink making. Although I appreciate the strongly held views of “pre-repeal revivalists” and “neo-classicists,” two cocktail philosphies identified by The Times, I also admire the got-your-order-right-and-didn’t-spill-it-on-you school of bartending. The Times does not mention it, however.

But The Times did point me toward CocktailDB, the Internet cocktail database. Cool.

On a more sober note, Radio Iowa reports that Iowa has one of the nation’s lowest rates of traffic deaths related to drunken driving:

Utah was the only state which had a lower number of traffic fatalities related to a drunk driver. Last year, there were 106 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Iowa…

According to data from MADD, alcohol-related fatalities in Iowa declined by nearly 11% in 2007 compared to 2006. The group argues Iowa law should be changed to allow law enforcement to conduct sobriety check-points. MADD suggests drunken driving fatalities would decline by another 20% if the law were changed.

 Please, as always, enjoy in moderation.


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