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D.C. alcohol sales extended temporarily

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D.C. nightlife, which has been booming along with growth in the city, is about to last longer at some establishments.

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The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration is testing a new city policy allowing extended alcohol sales before holidays.

Some bars that serve food have been approved for longer holiday weekend hours, and will be allowed to stay open for 24 hours.

And on holiday Mondays, they will be able to sell drinks until 4 a.m., instead of 3 a.m.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control board reviewed applications of 57 bars and approved 42 of them for the rest of this year, extending hours for Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and more next year.

Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Council agreed to allow the change before official federal and city holidays.

The move is designed to raise $3 million more in revenue from alcohol sales.

One councilmember voted against extended hours, but lost.

"There will be more drivers who are intoxicated," says Councilmember Jim Graham. "It will be more spillover affect of noise and everything else, that's for sure, and there wil be no subway and no bus."

Many bars in his ward are located in residential neighborhoods.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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