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In a pub, a last call (British English: last orders) is an announcement made shortly before the bar closes for the night, informing patrons of their last chance to buy alcoholic beverages. There are various means to make this signal, like ringing a bell, flashing the lights, or announcing orally.

Last call times are often legally mandated and vary widely globally as well as locally. Reasons given for such legislation include reducing late-night noise in the neighborhood, traffic accidents, violence, and alcohol-related health problems.

List of last call times around the world

Australia

In NSW there is no specified closing time, although in residential areas bars are often required to close at midnight. In non-residential areas some bars are open 24 hours.

Belgiummarker

There is no legally mandated last call in Belgium; many bars will stay open all night.

Canadamarker

  • British Columbiamarker - Last call is 2:00 a.m. provincially, however municipalities can raise last call up to 4 a.m. if they so choose. Downtown Vancouver's last call was moved to 4:00 a.m. but was subsequently lowered to 3 a.m. People may purchase "off sales" bottled beer and the like from local Pubs until 11:00 p.m.
  • Albertamarker - Last call and sale of alcohol from a store or establishment is 2 a.m. province wide. In an establishment, a customer may have no more than two drinks in possession after 1 a.m. or last call, whatever comes first.
  • Ontariomarker - Last call is 2 a.m. province wide, although the province has the authority to grant waivers to allow closing at 4 a.m. during special events. Alcohol sales occur only within regulated stores which will always close either between 9pm or 11 pm depending on location or store (LCBO, Beer Store or Wine Rack)
  • Quebecmarker - Last call is 3 a.m. province wide for establishments serving alcohol, while the sale of alcohol from a store is restricted after 11 p.m.


Chinamarker

  • Many bars, KTVs and night clubs have no specific last call and will continue to sell alcohol and stay open provided there are paying customers present. However during sensitive times where national security is increased (ie. the Olympics, the 60th Anniversary of the PRC) closing times may be in effect in some cities between 1 and 3 a.m. Alcohol is sold through retailers 24 hours a day.


Dominican Republicmarker

  • Dominican Republic - 2 a.m.


Norwaymarker

Last call laws vary. Cities and towns are free to impose more restrictive regulations, but no later than 3 a.m. The government is currently considering to push this limit back to 2 a.m.

City specific laws



Israelmarker

In Israel there are no specific closing times and the country has liberal alcohol laws. Bars and clubs in entertainment districts will serve alcohol practically 24 hours a day, while in residencial districts local regulations apply; establishments that serve alcohol outside may often have to call their guests inside after midnight or even close completely.

In 2006 Knessetmarker member Ruhama Avraham-Balila attempted to pass a bill in parliament that would forbid selling alcohol between 2 and 6 a.m. The bill faced severe resistance from bar and restaurant owners and finally was drawn back.

Alcohol is sold around the clock in grocery stores with few exceptions: The city law of Kefar Savamarker forbids selling alcohol after 11 pm in all grocery stores and supermarkets, while in the city of Modi'inmarker selling alcohol during workdays is limited until 10 p.m.

Italymarker

In Romemarker, an ordinance was passed in January 2009 to make 2 a.m. the last call in Campo de' Fiorimarker and the neighborhoods of Trasteveremarker and Testacciomarker. The new last call time for these areas was initiated to curtail nighttime commotion in these popular parts of Rome.

United Kingdommarker

From late 2005, drinking establishments could apply for licences to stay open and serve alcohol for 24 hours a day. This means that round-the-clock drinking (in England and Wales) is now a reality.

Within the first month of it becoming law, over 1,000 pubs, clubs and supermarkets had been granted 24-hour licences to sell alcohol.A further 40 per cent of premises had applied to vary their licences to either extend opening times by an hour or two, or to offer late food or entertainment. Many more establishments have since renewed their licences. In 2008/9 Scotlandmarker will join England and Wales when new licensing laws come into effect.

United Statesmarker

Last call laws vary widely from state to state, and in most states, cities and towns are free to impose more restrictive regulations. Large metropolitan areas with many towns may have different laws for areas that are only a short distance apart. The following lists should not be considered exhaustive.

US State specific laws

  • Alabamamarker - In Birmingham, bars serve alcohol 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Varies in other cities.
  • Alaskamarker - 5 a.m.; while most cities restrict this further, some do not (primarily smaller Matanuska-Susitna Valley towns), and some villages are dry.
  • Arizonamarker - 2 a.m.
  • Arkansasmarker - 2 a.m.
  • Californiamarker - Last call statewide is 2 a.m., except San Jose, where the city council ruled that last drinks are served at 1:30 am, but patrons can remain in the bars until 3am.
  • Connecticutmarker - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday
  • Delawaremarker - 1 a.m.
  • Floridamarker - Last call set statewide to 2 a.m., some cities have passed exemptions to the law, notably Tampa (3 a.m.), Broward county (4 a.m.) and Miami (24 hours in the Miami Entertainment District). Liquor store closing times vary by county.
  • Georgiamarker - Varies by county (most are set at 2 a.m., while others may have different times or no time at all). In Atlanta most bars are allowed to close at 2:30 a.m., but Underground Atlantamarker can operate until 4 a.m.
  • Hawaiimarker - 4 a.m., however not all bars qualify for a 4 a.m. license and must close at 2 a.m.
  • Idahomarker - 2 a.m.
  • Illinoismarker - Anywhere from 1:00 a.m. until 3:00 a.m., varies by county. Some counties can serve 24 hours.
  • Indianamarker - 3 a.m. statewide, except Sunday, when alcohol cannot be sold at liquor stores but bars may be open until midnight. All patrons must exit the bars by 3:30 a.m.
  • Iowamarker - 2 a.m.
  • Kansasmarker - 2 a.m. (in the 17 counties which allow bars without limitation)
  • Louisianamarker - There is no set statewide closing time. Bars may remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Except, Louisiana law provides:
"The governing authority of any municipality within a parish (Louisiana refers to its counties as parishes) with a population between fifty-three thousand and fifty-seven thousand persons according to the most recent federal decennial census may enact ordinances to regulate the closing times of bars located within the municipality, subject to approval by a majority of the qualified electors of the municipality voting at an election held for the purpose."
  • Mainemarker - 1 a.m.
  • Marylandmarker - 2 a.m.
  • Massachusettsmarker - 2 a.m, although cities and towns can (and frequently do) set last call earlier. 2 a.m. in Bostonmarker, Lowellmarker, Springfieldmarker, and Worcestermarker, 1 a.m. elsewhere including the resort area of Cape Codmarker . Alcohol sales stop 30 minutes prior to closing time.
  • Michiganmarker - 2 a.m.
  • Minnesotamarker - 1 a.m. in most of the state; 8 p.m. Mon-Thurs. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Saint Paul. 2 a.m. in Minneapolis; Liquor Stores Closed on Sundays, 3.2% alcohol beer may be bought in most grocery stores.
  • Mississippimarker - 12:00 Midnight or 1:00 A.M.; depending on city. Larger metro areas usually adhere to "After Midnight" policy.
  • Missourimarker - 1:30 a.m. in most of the state; 3:00 a.m. in specially-licensed establishments in the two largest metropolises of St. Louismarker and Kansas Citymarker, and their surrounding areas.
  • Montanamarker - Last call for bars and taverns is around 1:30 a.m. However, one can purchase beer from many local gas stations and grocery stores until 2 a.m. State law reads, "Agency liquor stores may remain open during the period between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m.". In spite of this, most liquor stores close on or before 10 p.m. with the exception of casino/liquor stores.
  • Nebraskamarker - 1 a.m.
  • Nevadamarker - There is no set statewide closing time. Bars may remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • New Hampshiremarker - 12:45 a.m.
  • New Jerseymarker - While state law is 3 a.m. certain areas on the Jersey shore are considered resort areas and are allowed to serve alcohol up until 5 a.m.
  • New Mexicomarker - 2 a.m.
  • New Yorkmarker - Under state law, establishments must stop serving alcohol by 4am, however the actual closing time is left up to each of New York's 62 counties. In general, the further from New York City one is, the earlier last call is. The 4 a.m. time holds in New York Citymarker, Buffalomarker, and Albanymarker. Binghamtonmarker has a last call of 3 a.m., Syracusemarker and Rochestermarker have a time of 2 a.m., and Elmiramarker, Genevamarker, and Ithacamarker have a time of 1 a.m. Rural counties may be even earlier.
  • North Carolinamarker - Last Call is 2 a.m. statewide. On weekdays and Saturday alcohol can be sold beginning at 7 a.m., on Sunday alcohol sales begin at noon. Liquor Stores (ABC) Closed on Sundays.
  • North Dakotamarker - 1 a.m., however recent legislation allows each county and city by local option to set a 2 a.m. closing time. North Dakota's closing time is strict. All drinks must be off the tables and the bar closed by the mandatory closing time.
  • Ohiomarker - Last call is 2 a.m. statewide, although establishments may acquire licenses that allow them to serve until 2:30 a.m. Store-bought beer & wine sales stop at 1 a.m. Liquor over 40 proof may only be purchased in state-approved stores — sales stop at 10 p.m.
  • Pennsylvaniamarker - 2 a.m. in taverns, 3 a.m. in membership-only clubs statewide. Sales may begin as early as 7 a.m. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board-operated liquor stores (known as "Wine & Spirits Shoppes", or commonly called "state stores") operate various hours, but never open before 9 a.m. and never close later than 10 p.m. About ten percent of state stores, most of which are near the borders of the Commonwealth, are open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Beer distributors must close by 10 p.m.
  • Rhode Islandmarker - 1 a.m. seven days a week. 2 a.m. in Providence only on Friday and Saturday nights and nights before a state-recognized holiday. Actual last call may deviate from bar-closing time.
  • South Carolinamarker - Set by county or municipality. No alcohol sales (on or off premises) is permitted on Sundays, except in Columbiamarker, Charlestonmarker, Greenvillemarker / Spartanburgmarker, and the Myrtle Beachmarker area.
  • Tennesseemarker - 3 a.m. (24 - 7 in Memphis)
  • Texasmarker - 2 a.m. Beer and wine via grocery sold until 12 a.m. Sunday to Friday, 1 a.m. on Saturday. Beer and wine can be sold in stores beginning at 7 a.m. Monday to Saturday, 12 p.m. on Sunday. Bars and restaurants may not serve alcohol before 10 a.m. on Sunday. Liquor stores closed on Sunday and cannot open before 10 a.m. or close after 9 p.m. other days.
  • Vermontmarker - 2 a.m.
  • Virginiamarker - 2 AM at bars...ABC (liquor) stores open statewide at 10AM, and close between 6-9 PM. Only ABC stores in the Hampton Roads, Richmond, and D.C. metropolitan areas are open on Sunday, for a limited schedule. Grocery and convenience stores stop selling wine and beer at 11:45 PM.
  • Washingtonmarker - 2 a.m. Beer and Wine via grocery sold until 2AM.
  • Wisconsinmarker - Last call is 2 a.m.. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, last call is 2:30 a.m.


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