Using newly released city licensing data online, North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association President Ford Cavallari gave an update on liquor license density in the neighborhood at NEWRA’s March meeting. Using the number of alcohol licenses and licensed seats, he tabulated the statistics shown below. Notably, the North End has the highest population density in the city. (View the video above to hear the complete analysis presented at the NEWRA meeting on the liquor license data, summarized below.)
The city database shows 88 alcohol licenses in the North End with 7926 licensed seats, translating to 1.28 residents per liquor license seats. Coming up with a measurement of “bar misery,” Cavallari compared the relative number of licensed seats to each neighborhood’s population density.
The North End is fourth on the “bar misery index” after Downtown, the Fenway/Kenmore and the West End. The other neighborhoods include entertainment districts surrounding Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park and TD Garden, respectively. “We have to be careful if we find ourselves comparable to nightclub areas, we could be asking for trouble,” Cavallari noted.
In terms of closing hours, the number of late night, post 1:00 a.m. licensed seats are in the largest restaurants and bars. Implying that NEWRA should understand the impact of venue size when reviewing alcohol licenses, Cavallari said “If you look at where real skew is, it is the big establishments that dominate the pouring seats. I want to make sure we have perspective and look at the big and little guys in context. We don’t want to be excessively hard on the smaller, entrepreneurial startups with the smaller number of seats.”
The liquor license data is newly released by City Hall in a transparency effort highly commended by the NEWRA President. He intends to follow up with City Hall for additional source data to have an ongoing discussion including other neighborhood associations throughout the city.