CBS News: New Jersey “Shot and a Beer” program gives the vaccinated free beer

CBS News: New Jersey “Shot and a Beer” program gives the vaccinated free beer. “New Jersey is launching a program it’s calling a ‘Shot and a Beer’ to encourage those 21 and older to get vaccinated, Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday. Any New Jersey resident who gets their first COVID-19 vaccine dose in the month of May can take their vaccination card to one of more than a dozen participating breweries for a free beer.”

Beer Here, Bouquets Next Door: How a Bar Defied the Pandemic (New York Times)

New York Times: Beer Here, Bouquets Next Door: How a Bar Defied the Pandemic. “On a recent Saturday, a masked bartender handed beer and tater tots out of a takeout window cut into the kitchen wall. Groups gathered around picnic tables on a patio that was previously a lane of traffic. A D.J. broadcast hip-hop onto the sidewalk. And a man on roller skates bounced to the music, drink in hand. The Hatch is alive, albeit as a different place. It is one of hundreds of thousands of bars and restaurants that have scraped by over the past year, finding ways to survive. Many have relied on government aid and donations, and nearly all of them have had to be creative and adapt.”

Sheriff: Defiant NYC bar owner struck deputy with his car (AP)

AP: Sheriff: Defiant NYC bar owner struck deputy with his car. “The co-owner of a New York City bar that authorities said has been defying coronavirus restrictions was taken into custody early Sunday after running over a deputy with a car, authorities said. Danny Presti tried to drive away from his bar, Mac’s Public House, as deputies were arresting him for serving patrons in violation of city and state closure orders, Sheriff Joseph Fucito said.”

Washington City Paper: The Unusual Case of the Five Cookies and $1,000 Fine at Dirty Goose

Washington City Paper: The Unusual Case of the Five Cookies and $1,000 Fine at Dirty Goose. “Dirty Goose had five cookies on its menu last week, but the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration investigator who visited the establishment didn’t have a sweet tooth. Following a Nov. 27 inspection, ABRA fined the gay bar on U Street NW $1,000 for violating one of the city’s most peculiar policies. Businesses holding alcohol licenses must ‘offer a food menu at all times containing at least three prepared food items’ in order to seat customers during the phased reopening process in D.C.”

New York Times: Limiting Indoor Capacity Can Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Study Shows

New York Times: Limiting Indoor Capacity Can Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Study Shows. “Restaurants, gyms, cafes and other crowded indoor venues accounted for some 8 in 10 new infections in the early months of the U.S. coronavirus epidemic, according to a new analysis that could help officials around the world now considering curfews, partial lockdowns and other measures in response to renewed outbreaks.”

Spectrum News NY: Cuomo Orders 10 P.M. Curfew on Bars, Restaurants and Gyms, Indoor Family Gatherings Limited to 10 People

Spectrum News NY: Cuomo Orders 10 P.M. Curfew on Bars, Restaurants and Gyms, Indoor Family Gatherings Limited to 10 People. “As coronavirus cases continue to rise around the state amid fears of a second wave, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that all bars and restaurants with a liquor license will need to be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night.”

New York Times: Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here’s How to Save Them. And Us.

New York Times: Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here’s How to Save Them. And Us.. “If we really want to stem the spread of the coronavirus as winter looms and we wait for a vaccine, here’s an idea: The government should pay bars, many restaurants and event venues to close for some months. That may sound radical, but it makes scientific sense and even has a political precedent. We pay farmers not to cultivate some fields (in theory, at least, to protect the environment), so why not pay bars that cannot operate safely to shut down (to protect public health)?”

Business Insider: The Houses of Parliament’s bars will no longer be exempt from the UK’s 10pm coronavirus drinking curfew following public outcry

Business Insider: The Houses of Parliament’s bars will no longer be exempt from the UK’s 10pm coronavirus drinking curfew following public outcry. “Bars inside the UK’s Houses of Parliament will no longer be exempted from strict new coronavirus restrictions requiring licensed premises to close at 10pm, following public outcry about the decision. Boris Johnson announced earlier this month that all bars and restaurants in England would have to close their doors at 10pm in a bid to halt the current second wave of infections spreading across the country.”

Washington City Paper: Hilton Brothers to Close Seven Bars ‘for Foreseeable Future’ on Halloween

Washington City Paper: Hilton Brothers to Close Seven Bars ‘for Foreseeable Future’ on Halloween. “The brothers and nightlife impresarios behind many bars and restaurants stretching up 14th Street NW and down U Street NW will close seven establishments for the foreseeable future on Halloween. Eric and Ian Hilton say they fought for six months to keep American Ice Company, The Brixton, Echo Park, El Rey, The Gibson, Marvin, and Players Club running through the COVID-19 pandemic, but ultimately couldn’t.”

MEL Magazine: What The Bartenders Serving You Assholes Are Really Thinking

MEL Magazine: What The Bartenders Serving You Assholes Are Really Thinking. “If you’ve been on social media recently, you’ve probably seen the images: People happily posing at bars or at tables in a parking lot, always making sure to tell you in the caption that despite how it looks, they’re practicing social distancing while they enjoy cheap margaritas. But for those who are still basically quarantining — because the curve isn’t even close to flattening — such pictures are a stain on the timeline. It’s a party they’re not invited to/unable to attend. Moreover, it risks potentially spiking said curve even higher.”