Don’t worry… beer gardens won’t have to cut off the booze before midnight. That’s the message that Mayor Mike Houston wants to send after a new uproar over his efforts to put some controls on downtown music and outdoor alcohol sales. Houston’s ordinance was interpreted as cutting off liquor sales at 11:30pm, not just for music festivals, but also for beer gardens and special events at local bars.
Calling in live to 970 WMAY’s “Ray Lytle Show,” Houston says the ordinance does not affect beer gardens at all… and says he will amend the ordinance to clarify that bars with special event permits can serve alcohol later. But major festivals like SOHO would still have to shut off the taps by 11:30.