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Olympic hockey might open Toronto bars at 6am

Posted by Derek Flack / February 13, 2014

toronto bars 6am olympicsToronto bars will soon be able to serve booze bright and early if Mike Layton gets his way. It would only be a temporary thing, but the Ward 19 Councillor thinks that allowing 6am alcohol sales over the final four days of the Winter Olympics makes sense in this hockey-crazed city. If all goes according to plan, of course, this stretch would include medal games for both the men's and women's hockey teams.

It remains to be seen if the motion will pass -- how will Rob Ford vote on this, one wonders? -- but it's not without precedence given the frequency with which last call is extended during events like TIFF, Nuit Blanche and NXNE. And while the thought of slogging through a day of week after an early morning drinking session isn't that appealing, the men's gold medal game takes place on Sunday, February 23rd, so you can bet there'd be more than a few people willing to drink away the day, particularly if the team once again wins.

What do you think? Would you head to a bar early in the morning to watch Olympic hockey?



The Town Drunk / February 13, 2014 at 08:42 am
HELL YES! LETS GO CANADA! Gives servers more opportunity to collect tips and more hours! I hope to share a few Molson Canadians Olympic Editions with Mr. Ford Him Self! And Other Fellow Canadians!
dudester / February 13, 2014 at 08:58 am
I'd definitely head out. But what is with people thinking they need to drink to have a good time?
Liquor Shits / February 13, 2014 at 09:07 am
i approve
Dennis / February 13, 2014 at 09:09 am
Cannot wait!

Video trailer of Canada's Men's Hockey team to warm up for the game this noon:
whatever / February 13, 2014 at 09:15 am
Any bar staff that is awake at 6am will be too too inebriated to serve.
mike8181 replying to a comment from whatever / February 13, 2014 at 09:49 am
David the Downer over here
MSigs / February 13, 2014 at 10:01 am
Yes! Make this happen
FarleyFord / February 13, 2014 at 10:03 am
I'm up for some AM Ale.
hip / February 13, 2014 at 10:41 am
Stay at home idiots.
mike in parkdale / February 13, 2014 at 10:47 am
bars open early for soccer matches all the time. Generally they don't serve until the 1100, but you can get a nice breakfast and coffee during the really early matches.

Or is this actually trying to serve beer to people before sunrise?
JoeFresh replying to a comment from hip / February 13, 2014 at 10:51 am
You are probably a friendless loser and will stay home not because you want to, but because you have nowhere to go, and nobody to be with. LA-HU-SER
melissa / February 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm
really , like we need anymore idiots on are road with the kids walking around . only people who live off the system with no life's and no jobs would drink at 6am. we don't need anymore idiots running
weezy / February 13, 2014 at 01:22 pm
Wow there's a lot of Fun Police up in here! Not only do I not live off the system (I fund it...via my job), I also have a life, which will include partying til the wee hours of Sunday morning and rolling straight into a bar to watch the boys play! Cheers to 6 AM Moet Mimosas and Gold Medals! #winning
Karl / February 13, 2014 at 01:36 pm
If youre not into it, just stay in bed..... For me beers and hockey go hand in hand. And the GOLD game is THE event.
CaligulaJones replying to a comment from melissa / February 13, 2014 at 01:50 pm
". only people who live off the system with no life's and no jobs would drink at 6am."

Two words: shift workers. How about working the 8PM to 8AM shift? "Off the system"? Hardly, paying taxes. "No life's [sic]". No, TRYING TO HAVE ONE. "No jobs?". Like to see YOU pull a week of 12 hour days...
Sabrett hot dog cart / February 13, 2014 at 01:51 pm
If you can't go with out a drink for a couple hours you have a drinking problem. This 6am bs is pathetic! Just an excuse to fuel Alcoholism. Fu *k Canadians and hockey!
Piscione / February 13, 2014 at 03:43 pm
If rob ford cane up with this idea you guys would be ready to go to war.
R F / February 13, 2014 at 04:49 pm
Chris replying to a comment from melissa / February 13, 2014 at 06:45 pm
Melissa, Get a clue would ya!!! For some, this means alot and who are you to judge!!! The final game is on a Sunday am. If your not into it, fine. But those that do have jobs usually don't work at 7am.
Graeme Quinn / February 13, 2014 at 07:12 pm
We've created a Facebook Like page about this issue. Hoping to get a bunch of likes to garner more attention. Please like and share!

Vipul Joshi / February 13, 2014 at 07:45 pm
I am Indian, I don't get the game. But if the bars are open at 6, surely I'll be there to support.

It'd be fun to hoot in the morning. =D

Go Go Go Go !
Alex replying to a comment from The Town Drunk / February 13, 2014 at 08:01 pm
HAHAHAHA! Good one. Guaranteed no server would be pleased to be up and at 'em for a 6 am shift. That's the beauty of working in the industry - earliest you'll likely ever start in a bar is 10:30 am. It's sad that Mike Layton (of all people) thinks ppl need a drink to enjoy themselves...
hip / February 15, 2014 at 03:20 pm
JF is an idiot.
Chris Assassin / February 17, 2014 at 11:47 am
Hey great move you absolute moron... Let's put drunks on the streets when my kids are going to school.
Stupid, stupid, stupid people.
HockeyTown / February 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm
As an alternative, CBC's having a free pancake breakfast and showing the game at 7 am in their atrium that day:
san / February 21, 2014 at 01:03 am
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