Bar-Hopping With A Curfew Can Be Tricky

If you’re stuck in a dark house with nothing to do by read by flashlight like some middle school dork, you may be tempted to go out and grab a drink. The 9 p.m. curfew means you’ll risk getting hassled by the police, many of whom have been working ungodly hours and are bound to be a bit irritable.

Police asked patrons at the Tavern on West Gray and Waugh to leave at midnight last night. Drinkers at the Harp on Richmond at Mandell were a little luckier – they were told to head home at 2 a.m. last night. “We usually have trouble getting people out of here (at closing time), so it was sort of nice when the police showed up and everybody got out pretty quickly,” bartender Marlene Kelley told Hair Balls.

From what we’ve heard (anecdote alert!), most people haven’t gotten hassled on their way home, though HPD is certainly making its presence known on major streets after 9 p.m. Kelley did say she heard a few bar-goers did get ticketed for curfew at Montrose and Richmond.

A source close to HPD told Hair Balls that officers are primarily getting strict in “rougher” neighborhoods. So if you feel like drinking after 9 p.m. through Saturday, your best bet is to head to somewhere highfalutin.

Blake Whitaker

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