17-Jun-2022 (Fri) Wherein Weiner takes another crack at 4AM last call.

4 a.m. last call could be coming to San Francisco, Oakland bars under new proposal:

State Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Matt Haney introduced Senate Bill 930 at a briefing on Friday. The measure would allow seven pilot cities across the state to extend alcohol sales at bars, nightclubs and restaurants from 2 a.m. to as late as 4 a.m. [...]

"We've lost so many historic venues and bars, it is going to take years to rebuild," Haney said. "Extending hours to 4am even a few days a week will save historic businesses, create thousands of jobs, and support arts, culture and community." [...]

If approved by the legislature and governor, the pilot program would begin in 2025 and the measure would sunset after five years.

This time for sure!

But, to be clear, this bill would not "make last call be 4AM" or even "make last call be 4AM in San Francisco". No, doing that would make San Francisco behave like world-class cities that value tourism. This bill isn't that.

This bill would allow SF the option of issuing additional permits -- expensive permits -- to a handful of venues, allowing those venues and only those venues to serve alcohol between the hours of 2AM and 4AM, as part of a 5-year-limited trial program, to begin on Jan 1, 2025.

So it will be good for those businesses who get to be a part of that program -- and, assuming we haven't gone out of business by then, we're going to do our damnedest to be a part of that program -- but it's not really going to change the character of SF nightlife in any significant way. Almost all bars will still close at 2, and you still won't be able to get anywhere by public transit after midnight.

Despite its limitations, I am strongly in support of this bill, and any like it, and you should be too.

Here's a brief recap of this ongoing shitshow. I can't believe how long I've been blogging about this:

Back in 2019, I joked:

I mean, at this rate we might have a Central Subway or a Transit Center before you can legally have a drink at 3AM.

That joke ages like fine milk.

Anyway, we've got a big weekend, come see some shows!

5 Responses:

  1. Smash Wox says:

    When the hell will SF fix the public transit to allow we drunk bastards to safely get home that late?  Especially pressuring BART to run some late night drunk trains out of the city to the farthest reaches so we can get at least within a few MILES of our own beds?

    • CSL3 says:

      Considering that BART's reach is beyond SF - and how the above "Central Subway" joke could easily apply to BART's San Jose station - I wouldn't hold my breath.

    • Jason McHuff says:

      BART needs to shut down at night for maintenance. They are even opening later to do work on the Transbay Tube and proving replacement buses (though I wonder why they don't still run early service in the East Bay and limit the closure to the tube). Only having two tracks complicates things.

      But unless it's been canceled, there is the all-nighter bus network.

  2. Pakraticus says:

    When is first call?  Because 2AM is way past my bedtime.  And I could go for a venue that's BYOB from 4AM to 7AM...

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