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Old 04-19-2018, 08:41 AM
 
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To put this in academic context, I have listed the bars below based on density using land area for each city. It's inaccurate to quantify a numerical total for a variable trying to achieve an apples to apples approach without taking into account the amount of land used to make that calculation. The comparison is still not precise because we don't know how many bars are included in city limits versus right on the outskirts, but at least it adds more context when comparing a city like LA, Houston, or Austin, to cities like Miami, Boston, and San Francisco which are all smaller than 50 sq. miles. This should give some context to the comparison below.

San Francisco: 453 = Density of Bars = 9.66 bars per square mile

Miami: 266 = Density of Bars = 7.39 bars per square mile

New York: 2,222 = Density of Bars = 7.34 bars per square mile

Washington DC: 335 = Density of Bars = 5.49 bars per square mile

Pittsburgh: 272 = Density of Bars = 4.91 bars per square mile

Seattle: 392 = Density of Bars = 4.67 bars per square mile

Philadelphia: 622 = Density of Bars = 4.64 bars per square mile

Chicago: 963 = Density of Bars = 4.24 bars per square mile

Las Vegas: 518 = Density of Bars = 3.81 bars per square mile

Boston: 176 = Density of Bars = 3.63 bars per square mile

Cleveland: 282 = Density of Bars = 3.63 bars per square mile

Minneapolis: 190 = Density of Bars = 3.46 bars per square mile

Milwaukee: 305 = Density of Bars = 3.17 bars per square mile

Portland: 332 = Density of Bars = 2.50 bars per square mile

Baltimore: 197 = Density of Bars = 2.44 bars per square mile

Denver: 367 = Density of Bars = 2.39 bars per square mile

Atlanta: 305 = Density of Bars = 2.29 bars per square mile

Los Angeles: 965 = Density of Bars = 2.06 bars per square mile

New Orleans: 219 = Density of Bars = 1.29 bars per square mile

Dallas: 416 = Density of Bars = 1.22 bars per square mile

San Diego: 341 = Density of Bars = 1.05 bars per square mile

Austin: 277 = Density of Bars = 0.93 bars per square mile

San Jose: 146 = Density of Bars = 0.82 bars per square mile

Houston: 485 = Density of Bars = 0.77 bars per square mile

Phoenix: 308 = Density of Bars = 0.60 bars per square mile

Salt Lake City: 40 = Density of Bars = 0.37 bars per square mile

Nashville: 155 = Density of Bars = 0.31 bars per square mile

Indianapolis: 109 = Density of Bars = 0.30 bars per square mile

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Old 04-19-2018, 08:45 AM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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Good point re: Vegas and New Orleans.

Another question: is it really possible that Boston only has half the number of bars open at 1:15am compared to solid - but not great - nightlife cities like Denver, Seattle, and Dallas? I saw on the map that Cambridge, Brookline, Somerville, etc. were all included and still only 167 vs around 400 for Dallas, Seattle and Denver. That’s surprising.
In my experience yes, Boston is super disappointing for nightlife. It does have good pub/ sports bar scene, but beyond that I've never been impressed. Still love the city though, its one of my favorites. Dallas and Denver are both better cities to "Go out in" than Boston.
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Old 04-19-2018, 10:09 AM
 
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I was surprised when I first moved to Chicago. There are currently over 100 bars in the city that are open until 4am on weeknights and 5am on the weekends.

I was definitely caught off guard when I stumbled out of my first bar here at 5am and the sun was up and people were starting their day!
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn the best borough in NYC!
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NYC for the W
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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What is the latest bars close there, 5?
Some spots in Miami are allowed to serve 24 hours!

Although technically in NYC you could start your night out after 3 in some places open later than 4, but they just can’t serve alcohol (legally) again until 7am (other than those shady nightly after hours warehouses). It’s not very common to find a place that stays open regularly like that outside of special parties and events. Some bars stay open until 5, but just don’t serve drinks for the last hour, and there’s a club in my neighborhood that stays open until 6am. I’ve also been to a 36-hour long party in Bushwick before, and one time for work I got called over to a 2-day-long rave in Coney Island!
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Just to clarify - I didn’t mean starting your night at 3:30. I just meant that it’s crazy that there are nearly 1,000 open bars in NYC at 3:30.
OK I understand. And also this is 3:30am on a Wednesday which is really just a Tuesday night still! I bet for weekends the number is even greater. I tried to check but I don’t think Yelp gives you the full number on mobile — either that or I just can’t find it! Weekday nights are some of the best nights to go to some of the larger Meatpacking clubs though.
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I was surprised when I first moved to Chicago. There are currently over 100 bars in the city that are open until 4am on weeknights and 5am on the weekends.

I was definitely caught off guard when I stumbled out of my first bar here at 5am and the sun was up and people were starting their day!
Lol don’t you hate that feeling when you’re on the train and everyone’s on their way to work while you’re still obviously on your way home from last night?
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma City
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Oklahoma City has 118 and Tulsa has 86.
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:11 AM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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Would love to see this past 2 am. Pecking order would look a lot different as most cities have 2am shut down.
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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Philadelphia city council currently has a bill to extend closing hours until 4am.

There’s a lot of debate around it and it might not pass.

The only places open after 2 are “private” clubs. Which basically means you need to pay a cover and write your email address down.
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:40 AM
 
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How about really late - cities with later (or no) last call. 3:30am on a Wednesday:
Las Vegas has a last call?
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:58 AM
 
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Las Vegas has a last call?
No, he specifically said cities with later or no last call.
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