As GM wrote about in February, the Mayor has proposed to change the administration of liquor licenses in Georgetown (as part of a larger citywide initiative). The most significant changes proposed include removing the cap on tavern licenses in Georgetown and the creation of an open container zone at Washington Harbour.
The BID is organizing community meetings starting next week to hear from the public about these proposals. Here is a link to a webpage created by the BID on the effort.
These changes have the potential to dramatically change nightlife in Georgetown. As it is now, no more than six establishments can have a tavern license. (Tavern licenses allow a bar to operate without having to offer food.) Eliminating the cap would enable more bars to open, potentially in spaces that would not work as a restaurant due to the lack of a kitchen or other dining facilities. On the one hand, this could theoretically bring back the rowdy college bars of Georgetown’s past. But it could just as easily introduce more classy wine or cocktail bars.
The meetings are Tuesday at 10 am and Thursday at 6:30 pm.