By Emily Maher | WLKY
This story was reported by WLKY and is reposted here with permission.
If you’re looking to get a late-night or early-morning drink, you might soon be out of luck. One Louisville Metro Council member wants last call for alcohol to be made two hours earlier.
Right now, bars and restaurants in Louisville close at 4 a.m. But if one council member has it his way, things will be shutting down a little earlier.
“My bar owners, several of them over the years, have said, ‘Look, not much good goes on between 2 and 4 in the morning at our place,’” Metro Council Member Tom Owen said.
The Bardstown Road bar community is in Owen’s district.
“Most folks think the bar scene doesn’t need to be open until 4 o’clock in the morning,” he said.
“People want to party. And not only that, people want to spend money. People come from out of town. They want to have a good time. Who wants to close down at 2 o’clock? Those two hours are revenue, and it’s food for me, Sculfield said.
This is not the first time councilman Owen has tried to get bars to close earlier.
He presented the idea about a decade ago, but said it didn’t get much support.
“To do that would be detrimental to not only to the economy of the Highlands, but to bars in general,” Sculfield said.
WLKY talked with several other bar owners. They didn’t want to go on camera but said they are against the earlier closing time.
Owen said this is just the beginning — he still needs to get enough support from his fellow council members before moving forward.
Owen said if he is unable to get enough support from the rest of the Metro Council, he will not move forward trying to change the late-night bar hours.