The CBC is reporting that Flex Mussels’ application for a late-nite liquor permit (they wanted to be able to serve drinks until 2:00 a.m.) was denied, and that they’ll only be allowed to stay open until midnight.
Much of the discussion surrounding this issue, at least from Flex Mussels’ perspective, seemed to centre around the difference between low-class rowdy drunks and their breed of high-class wine-drinking effete drunks; their representative was quoted:
We have every intention, we’ve had every intention all along, of bringing something classy and nice to the Charlottetown waterfront.
Here’s the thing about that (and I speak from personal experience here): put some drink into anyone and put them out on the street at 2:00 a.m. and they’re going to be annoying. They don’t need to be peeing on the neighbourhood begonias or breaking into musical theatre numbers: simply walking up Prince Street in the middle of the night talking about Brahms in that slightly-too-loud way that endrunkened people do is enough to disturb the peace of the neighbourhood.
Nobody’s suggesting that there be a total ban on movement and activity on Charlottetown city streets after midnight, but over the last 7 years we’ve lived downtown there’s been an incremental tilt in the late nite atmosphere away from “comfortable urban residential neighbourhood” and toward lively outdoor music (etc.). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the tilt has to be managed against the needs of residents who want to do things like “sleep” and “think” at night.
Kudos to city council for recognizing this.