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City of Vancouver Approves Extended Brewery Hours, Alcohol Sales in Grocery Stores

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There will be an abundance of more alcohol sales in Vancouver this summer.

The City approved a number of changes to Vancouver’s liquor licensing system to improve nightlife culture and give local businesses a boost.

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Changes include:

  • Allowing grocery stores to sell wine, beer, and liquor through a store-in-store model
  • Allowing arts and culture establishments like museums and galleries to sell alcohol
  • Boosting outdoor patio liquor seats
  • Extending brewery and distillery lounge hours until midnight
  • Supporting restaurants to operate as bars after 10:00pm, withdrawing requirement for kitchens to stay open while alcohol is being served

“The City’s new liquor rules give local business a boost and enhance our vibrant food, nightlife, and arts and culture scene by allowing more flexibility in how and where business can sell alcohol,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

New liquor regulations include:

  • Requiring liquor establishments to publish drink sizes and strengths on their menus so patrons can have better information when making drink choices
  • Partnering with the BC LCLB and Vancouver Coastal Health on education and support programs as well as enhanced enforcement
  • Piloting a “last entry” program along Granville Street to help manage crowds outside of clubs and bars. One hour before closing, establishments will not allow re-entry of existing patrons or for new patrons to enter

Celebrate the approval by checking out some awesome outdoor patios and rooftop patios around the city.

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