Colorado bar patrons will be allowed to order a Tequila Sunrise to watch the actual sunrise under a new bill that would to extend serving hours for alcohol to as late (or early) as 7 a.m.
The bill, proposed by Democratic state Rep. Crisanta Duran, is an attempt to curb trouble that results when bars empty all at once after the 2 a.m. last call. Denver’s Lower Downtown, with a high density of bars and restaurants, is a particular trouble area, having been the site of shootings and assaults after closing time.
“At that closing hour, that is when you see so many people on the streets,” Duran told Denver’s 9News. “A lot of fights break out, even shootings have occurred.”
Under her proposal, in which local governments could give bars greater leeway to establish their own last-call hours, she hopes patrons will head home throughout the evening and early morning, not in one huge pack.