Pub crawl ban proposed by NYC assemblyman

Posted at 7:59 PM, Feb 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-17 20:22:37-05

NYC will be banning bar-planned pub crawls – if a bill proposed by Democratic Assemblyman Micah Kellner passes.

Many of the pub crawls give thirsty partiers discounts at bars along their routes, and at the end there is sometimes even a prize.

Upper East Side assemblyman Kellner wants to end the boozy, bar-hopping by going after the proprietors, who would lose their liquor license if they are caught promoting a crawl.

Kellner reportedly says the bill is designed to stop dangerous behavior. And he’s not alone in this line of thinking.  In the past, Community Board 6 which oversees the Gramercy area worked to ban pub crawls. The president of the board previously said, “Our goal is to maintain and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in our community. We hope the city and state will agree with us and work on what is growing to be a serious problem.”

That ban did get enough votes to pass, however, and was shut down by the State Liquor Authority because it didn’t have the authority to enforce it.