January 12, 2013

"Boston’s becoming a town devoid of nightspot fun as some bars in the city eliminate board games and water pong..."

"... fearful that city regulators will come crashing in and accuse the pubs of sponsoring drinking games."
“If two friends at a bar say, ‘I’ll buy your next beer if you make this shot on the dartboard,’ the bar may have to go before a board. It’s silly how arbitrary it can be,” said Chris Mitchell, general manager of the Better Off Bowling league, who has seen the bar crackdown firsthand.

22 comments:

David said...

This too will pass.

David said...

Or maybe not. It really is time we wised up to all this officious bullshit.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

A lot of bars in Boston now put on CNN, and you drink if Piers Morgan says "facile" or "hang on".

rehajm said...

To obtain a liquor license in Boston, you used to have to stuff a fist full of benjamins into the bra of a presiding state senator, but the feds put a stop to that. The games 'crackdown' is just innovation from the licensing board. There will not be equal justice.

EDH said...

State law prohibits “any game or contest which involves drinking” — vague wording that critics said could allow the city’s licensing board to punish anyone holding a beer while playing a bar game...

Stephen Miller, a Boston attorney who specializes in liquor licenses, said the ABCC hearing may prove helpful: “My guess is they’ll come out with more of a ruling of what drinking game means. I couldn’t define drinking game.”


How about: a game that, as a consequence of an outcome, obligates one or more of the participants to either drink a specified amount or supply another participant with alcohol.

ndspinelli said...

Having been in many Boston pubs I can assure you folks will simply say "Fuck you" to this ordinance.

ndspinelli said...

The northeast is the least compliant part of the country, the midwest the most compliant.

30yearProf said...

Has Mayor Bloomberg moved to Boston?

God save us from know-it-all, elitist Progressives.

Chip S. said...

I don't care if they regulate "If X, then you drink", but they'd better keep their stinkin' filthy ape paws off "If you drink, then we F."

Bob Boyd said...

David Gregory can openly play beer pong in any city in America with out fear of legal consequence.

Sam L. said...

Nanny-statism? Or attempts at extorting bribes.

Mitchell the Bat said...

I'd put chugging contests in the grey area, myself.

Titus said...

Boston peeps are rude bitches and hot. I love it here.

We are the Hub of the Universe and Bloomberg was actually from Medford.

I love pushing fat southern tourist out of my way while walking through Harvard Square.

robinintn said...

So that was you, Titus!

Fat Southern Tourist

edutcher said...

Life under our overlords.

Catch a wave! Serf's up!

Icepick said...

I recently read "The Scouring of the Shire" chapter from Return of the King. It was disturbing how much the Shire under (ultimately) Saruman's direction sounded like modern America. The country is being run by over-officious jerks, and the American people are putting up with it. Land of the free no more....

Icepick said...

We need more harlequins, fewer ticktockmen.

Icepick said...

Professor, I believe you need some more tags. One for over-officiousness, and perhaps tags for harlequins (see Swartz, for example) and for ticktockmen (anything with Bllomberg).

Unknown said...

We've been so busy keeping the government out of our bedrooms that we failed to notice it is now controlling every other space of our public and private lives.

Unknown said...

We've been so busy keeping the government out of our bedrooms that we failed to notice it is now controlling every other space of our public and private lives.

MayBee said...

Our government sees us as either sources of revenue or consumers of government funding

The latter category wants and needs the government more, so the government works to please them. The more consumers of funds there are, the more we all must become sources of revenue.
Simply being valued as a law-abiding citizen isn't really a thing anymore. It's better for the bottom line if we all break a few laws that can result in fines. So they have to create laws that good people will break.

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