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State Lawmaker Seeks To Ban Pub Crawls

St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl

Community board six of Manhattan wants to restrict pub crawls thanks to the debauchery community members say a crawl St. Patrick’s Day brought to the neighborhood. (Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While pub crawls might be great fun some, many neighbors find them to be enough of a nuisance that a New York State assemblyman has introduced legislation to ban them.

As 1010 WINS’ Gene Michaels reported, Assemblyman Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) has introduced the bill, which would revoke the liquor license of any bar that promotes organized pub crawls.

Kellner said many people who participate in pub crawls do it just to get drunk.

“It’s a danger to themselves and the communities it’s happening in,” Kellner said. “And what we’ve seen is neighborhoods have been inundated, and it’s created a real quality-of-life problem.”

But some said a ban is taking it too far. John in Greenwich Village said he does not consider a ban realistic.

“I don’t really think it’s feasible,” he said. “I mean, you can’t really stop a group of people from walking from bar to bar.”

Kellner’s bill only goes against organized pub crawls promoted by bars, rather than informal gatherings. But John said a bill going against liquor licenses is “ridiculous,” and said he had fond memories of a pub crawl he himself took through Dublin, Ireland, that helped him learn what the town was all about.

John argued that New York pub crawls are likewise helpful for tourists.

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