City to discuss regulation of alcoholic drink specials and effects on downtown

Recommendations to outlaw 'bottomless' specials

City to discuss regulation of...

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Recommendations from Substance Abuse Advisory Commission (SAAC) regarding the regulation of alcoholic drink specials are on the agenda for Monday's City Council meeting.

The recommendations are:

  • Establish a schedule of administrative penalties for violating a liquor license standards (the report notes this recommendation was first made in July, 2015).
  • Prohibit the distribution of free alcohol to the general public.
  • Prohibit "bottomless" deals, which offer unlimited alcoholic drinks for a fixed price.
  • Establish a $2 minimum for any alcoholic beverage. 
  • Prohibit reduced prices for alcoholic beverages after 11 p.m.
  • Prohibit any advertising or promotion (including social media) for any alcoholic drink discount pricing, "whether on or off the licensed premises."
  • "Requirement that the price of non-intoxicating beverages (such as soft drinks) may not be more expensive than the least expensive alcoholic beverage."

A 2015 report from the Responsible Hospitality Institute found downtown Columbia had a problem with "incidents of violence, robbery, sexual assault, vandalism, crowd congestion, noise complaints, underage drinking, over-service of patrons, and impairment of both pedestrians and drivers." 

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