With the smoking ban coming our way, what is the government going to restrict next? Just over 3 years ago a popular establishment in Arlington, Dr. Dremo’s, created a beer pong rec room for their patrons. Apparently hosting drinking games was too much for VA ABC so it was stopped. Dr. Dremo’s has since been torn down (I’m not blaming it all on the ban but if the glove fits) Did the young professionals of Arlington stop playing drinking games? Nope. It naturally moved outdoors and has since been the source of a number of noise complaints. Now the Arlington County Board is discussing whether to ban outdoor drinking games.
Granted if a party is disruptive to the neighbors there are already noise ordinances, etc the police can use to ensure a peaceful neighborhood. Arlington Board member, Walter Tejada, said “What people do in the privacy of their own homes is their business,”. Absolutely. So why isn’t what people do in the privacy of the private businesses they patronize also their business?