Monday 27 June 2005 5.36pm
Perhaps there's a cultural difference between "us" and other Europeans, which makes us wary of late night drinking.
Over the years, I've spent some time in Madrid, Barcelona and Brussels. In each of these cities the locals go out to bars much later than over here, and don't feel the need to down 50 pints an hour, in order to get as sloshed as possible for closing time.
So long as enough places open late, then hopefully there shouldn't be a problem as people get used to idea that the pubs are open late, and the "novelty factor" wears off. If only a few places open late, then the novelty factor for certain groups will still be there, and they will actively seek out those few places that have late night licenses.
I have this theory that liberalising the licensing laws creates a more responsible society. You should see how sloshed the Swedes when they travel outside of their heavily controlled environment...
So in short, I suppose I'd be OK with the Dean Swift
(and other Shad Thames
hostelries) opening late, so long as several other places around the neighbourhood open late also, so that the Dean Swift
doesn't become this "late night drinking magnet".
Sorry, edited to say that this really needs to be combined with the landlords taking a more responsible attitude. ie. refusing to serve customers who are way passed it! This is something I certainly found in Brussels (I'm talking the neighbourhood areas of Brussels, not the Grand Place region)
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 27 June 2005 5.40pm by Martin Underwood.