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Merry Drinkmas, D.C.! Bars to Extend Hours

The inauguration might still be more than a month away, but the D.C. government is already gifting us all the opportunity to remain in our cups the entire week leading up to the official swearing-in.

For those who might have spent President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration weekend in a self-induced haze, the city responded in-kind to the crush of humanity that flooded the streets to witness the historic event by authorizing entertainment venues to stay open around the clock and ply patrons with booze until predawn during the five days just before 44 placed his hand on the good book.

The plan, which drew in 282 takers the last time around — including 40-plus establishments in Ward 6 (home to Capitol Hill) and nearly 150 places in Ward 2 (surrounding the White House) — is being expanded for 2013. D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulations Administration has given hospitality vendors until Jan. 7, to sign up for another round of rolling revelry scheduled to last from Jan. 14 to Jan. 21.

ABRA Director Fred Moosally told HOH 60 businesses have jumped on the extra-late-night bandwagon so far this year. Those who snatch up the official extension — which runs $50 for hotels/multipurpose venues, $100 for restaurants/taverns and $250 for nightclubs — will be welcome to party 24/7 and can keep the liquid courage flowing until 4 a.m.

Restaurants that opt to pour drinks until later must also pledge to send out munchies until at least 2 a.m.

Stockpile Alka-Seltzer now.

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