Atlanta mayor orders later bar closing times on Super Bowl Sunday

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Atlanta hopes to celebrate a Super Bowl title on Sunday night, and the mayor is allowing people to celebrate later.

Although Atlanta bars typically must close by midnight on Sundays, Mayor Kasim Reed signed an executive order that will allow bars to remain open until 2:30 a.m.

Some cities worry that overzealous fans will riot after the Super Bowl, and so there are some mayors who wouldn’t stand for later bar closing times on Super Bowl Sunday. But Atlanta has caught Super Bowl fever.

And now the fans in Atlanta have to hope they’ll be celebrating into the wee hours of Monday morning, and not drowning their sorrows.

77 responses to “Atlanta mayor orders later bar closing times on Super Bowl Sunday

  1. That is one smart mayor. Keep the bars open double the patrols in the city and saturation of drunk driver check points.
    This guy knows how to raise money for the city.

  2. This is the kind of thing that would never happen in Boston because Boston now takes its winning team for granted. There is no such thing as “Patriots Fever”.

    Falcons 40
    Patriots 14

  3. Then “the state boys” come in and arrest the bar owners, because they violated state liquor laws. Way to go, mayor.

  4. “Oh how I remember the days of hearing last call and being rushed out the door”

    You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here! Get out!

  5. vstoneydog1000 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:14 AM
    Then “the state boys” come in and arrest the bar owners, because they violated state liquor laws. Way to go, mayor.

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    Only Applicable if the bar was on state property, like a University campus.

  6. Hope they win but just can’t see Brady/Belichick losing when chasing history. Belichick D will eliminate Julio and not sure who else can step up big enough to win. Brady should torch the ATL D.

    Again, hope I’m wrong but it looks like ring #5 for TB12 and BB.

  7. this is normally where people say “isn’t there more pressing issues this guy should be adressing” but that gone out the window when the president argues with celebrities on twitter MURRRRRICA

  8. I don’t know what time the normal bar time is in Atlanta, but I have the impression that it’s early. I was there last year and we were at a bar watching one of the World Series games. The bar was basically full, but they called last call and kicked everyone out before the game was even over. I guess I’m spoiled coming from the West Coast where the games are over early and you still have enough time to go home and get a decent night’s sleep.

  9. LMAO!!! When drunk Falcon fans start to riot after they lose, Kellyanne ConJob will be on FoxNews saying how the liberal media is responsible for the riots.

  10. atlatlatl says: Feb 3, 2017 10:10 AM

    This is the kind of thing that would never happen in Boston because Boston now takes its winning team for granted. There is no such thing as “Patriots Fever”.

    Falcons 40
    Patriots 14

    ——————

    I just. I just can’t. So many things don’t make sense here.

  11. atlatlatl says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:10 AM
    This is the kind of thing that would never happen in Boston because Boston now takes its winning team for granted. There is no such thing as “Patriots Fever”.

    Falcons 40
    Patriots 14
    ————————————————————-
    I’ll take New England, +25 1/2. How much you want to put on it?

  12. atlatlatl says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:10 AM
    This is the kind of thing that would never happen in Boston because Boston now takes its winning team for granted. There is no such thing as “Patriots Fever”.
    ++++++++++++++++++

    You are half right, there is no fever in Boston. There’s a difference between fever and fervor. Fevers pass, it runs much deeper than that here. An entire generation of Pats fans has known nothing but success, you shouldn’t conflate having justifiably high expectations with taking it for granted. Even your score prediction reflects the product of a fevered mind

  13. Flash1287 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:50 AM
    Falcons D sucks!

    Worst red zone TD %

    25th vs the pass

    32 in YAC yards allowed

    They better worry about how they will stop NE
    ___________________

    Get back to your comic books “The Flash” and Disney fairy tale princess’ books with the glass slipper. Patriots need to worry about the Falcons RBs.

    I finally decided to waste two minutes my time explaining everything to you.

  14. This Bengals fan is pulling for Atlanta. I always pull for any team without a championship. Hopefully the Falcons give yall reason to be proud. Your 1998 must feel like our 1988.

  15. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Feb 3, 2017 11:07 AM
    This Bengals fan is pulling for Atlanta. I always pull for any team without a championship.
    _____________________

    That explains why you’re a Bengals fan

  16. atlatlatl says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:10 AM
    This is the kind of thing that would never happen in Boston because Boston now takes its winning team for granted. There is no such thing as “Patriots Fever”.

    Point of order,

    it’s TEAMS, not team. You forget we have seen the Sox, Bruins & Celts win titles since Brady hit the scene.

    Fever? Yeah, we like it hot!

  17. Don’t worry. Of all the words you can use to describe Atlanta fans, “overzealous” isn’t one of them.

  18. johnnybuc says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:52 AM

    LMAO!!! When drunk Falcon fans start to riot after they lose, Kellyanne ConJob will be on FoxNews saying how the liberal media is responsible for the riots.
    ______________
    Your delusion is noted. Leftist cry-bullies seem to want to make everything about either race or politics while revealing their bigoted nature each time.

    The piece was about bar hours on SuperBowl Sunday. Stop being deranged.

  19. atlatlatl says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:10 AM
    This is the kind of thing that would never happen in Boston because Boston now takes its winning team for granted. There is no such thing as “Patriots Fever”.

    Point of order,

    it’s TEAMS, not team. You forget we have seen the Sox, Bruins & Celts win titles since Brady hit the scene. 9 Championships since 2001. Let’s see 16/9= averaging a title every 1.7 years.

    Taking for granted? No, expecting excellence, and getting it!

  20. johnnybuc says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:52 AM
    LMAO!!! When drunk Falcon fans start to riot after they lose, Kellyanne ConJob will be on FoxNews saying how the liberal media is responsible for the riots.
    ——————————————————-

    When Kellyanne is forced to draw on actually knowledge, she prefers crayons over colored pencils.

  21. jchipwood says:
    Feb 3, 2017 11:05 AM
    Flash1287 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:50 AM
    Falcons D sucks!

    Worst red zone TD %

    25th vs the pass

    32 in YAC yards allowed

    They better worry about how they will stop NE
    ___________________

    Get back to your comic books “The Flash” and Disney fairy tale princess’ books with the glass slipper. Patriots need to worry about the Falcons RBs.

    I finally decided to waste two minutes my time explaining everything to you.

    How cute. Thanks for the time little Chippy.

  22. juice08 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 11:00 AM
    2:30am?

    Lightweights. Buffalo open until 4.
    ____________________
    In all fairness to Falcon fans, they don’t play in the same div as New England

  23. hairdownthere? Why take shots at the Catholics. There’s no more Catholic city than New Orleans and the bars are open 24 hrs. a day.

  24. Ah, those “sin taxes”. In some cities, a liquor tax supports public schools.

    Public drunkenness = fines = more revenue

    Gotta love it.

  25. Another reason NOT to have the Super Bowl in Atlanta. Bars actually close? What time do they close in Boston? Houston? Miami? New Orleans? Oh, that’s right…the bars never close in New Orleans.

  26. I didn’t realize there wee that many Patriots’ fans in Atlanta. Kudos to the Mayor for not being biased on this thing and allowing Pats’ fans to celebrate late.

  27. With a 6:30pm EST kickoff, and a generally longish game and half time show, I’d say reality is finalized by 10pm giving two hours for everyone to dry their eyes and UBER themselves home, and the bars can close at midnight, like usual, as if nothing ever happened.

    Sounds about right….

  28. Bars open late…. this all but guarantees there will be riots in the Atl no matter the outcome…. celebrating or raging, rioting is the cool thing to do (cause they drive ratings!)

  29. atlatlatl says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:10 AM
    This is the kind of thing that would never happen in Boston because Boston now takes its winning team for granted. There is no such thing as “Patriots Fever”.

    ———–

    Falcons fans will need to do some extra drinking Sunday night after the Patriots end their dreams of a SB win….. But let’s face it, the Falcons and their fans are just happy to “be there”…..

  30. hairdownthere says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:47 AM

    Midnight?? Is the city Catholic?

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    What??????????????

  31. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Feb 3, 2017 11:07 AM
    This Bengals fan is pulling for Atlanta. I always pull for any team without a championship. Hopefully the Falcons give yall reason to be proud. Your 1998 must feel like our 1988.

    ———-

    I doubt any fan feels like a Bengals fan….

    The Falcons have a great coach, a great QB and a great cast of supporting players. The Bengals have a barely-mediocre coach, a red-headed choker for a QB and a cast of malcontents. There is really no comparison..

  32. Just another ridiculous “blue” law still in effect. When I went to school in CT , liquor stores were closed on Sundays and you couldn’t buy beer,wine,etc from a package goods store after 8pm any other day.

  33. rogansheroes says:
    Feb 3, 2017 11:02 AM
    atlatlatl says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:10 AM
    This is the kind of thing that would never happen in Boston because Boston now takes its winning team for granted. There is no such thing as “Patriots Fever”.

    Falcons 40
    Patriots 14
    ————————————————————-
    I’ll take New England, +25 1/2. How much you want to put on it?

    11 4

    i’ll take that bet + add 1k , NO WAY IN HE”double toothpicks” is the pats putting up 25 1/2 points over the falcons

  34. Seems pretty smart to me. Rather than a mass exodus at midnight, this would spread it out over another two and a half hours on a night which downtown will surely be packed.

  35. I understand Atlanta’s excitement and all, but where are people getting the notion that the Patriots are only scoring 10-17 points on this “vaunted” (ahem, *chortle*) Falcons defense? On every trip in the red zone, The Patriots will just select which way they want to score. It’s not “if” they will or not.

    The part of this game that is not in doubt is that the Pats will score a bunch of points. What is definitely and legitimately in doubt, is whether or not the Falcons can score on the Patriots defense.

  36. these same Falcons fans were Panthers fans last year. RIP ATL bandwagon…they would be the least memorable SB champion. i live outside of Atlanta, and now…all of a sudden have Falcon fans come out of the woodwork. #sad

  37. So many people love complaining about the “nanny state” yet we have myriad restrictions on our liberties regarding alcohol consumption. I live in “red” China where I can buy a bottle of whiskey at any time day or night, and ride my bike down the street one-handed as I drink straight from the bottle. Same goes for most countries around the world. Why is it the “Land of the Free” is more aligned with Muslim countries when it comes to alcohol restrictions?

  38. leatherface2012 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 2:26 PM
    alcohol has ruined millions of lives. there shouldn’t be drinking period…cant people just accept Christ as their savior? idiots.

    I think your the idiot here, religious wars have killed millions more…

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