The District of Columbia's governing Council has agreed to allow bars and other alcohol-serving establishments to keep the drinks flowing until 5 a.m. during the four days the city is likely to be packed from Barack Obama's inauguration, according to the National Restaurant Association and the The Washington Post. The NRA's SmartBrief newsletter reported that restaurants can also keep their doors open 'round the clock, though only food can be sold after the early-morning last call.
The report said the concession was granted at the request of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, which apparently hoped to help its members capitalize on the historic occasion.
Bars in the city usually have to close their taps by 2 a.m. The mandated closing time will be pushed back from Jan. 17-21.