The Water Cooler – Bars Open at 6am

January 10, 2014 12:00 pm · 68 comments


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

This picture was taken on Clayton Rd. in Concord.

Many people might not realize it, but a lot of bars open at 6am. 

Do you think it should be illegal for bars to open so early, or are you O.K. with it?

Talk about it….

Suzanne January 10, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Bars can open whenever they like. It’s a business and there are enough drunks in Claycord to maintain them.

Meth Monsters January 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Thank god!!!!! Now I got a new place for breakfast!!!!

Tc January 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Nothing good comes out of Alcohol. Bars = drunks = DUI = death! People who drink alcohol make me sick. It’s a drug and should be banned again.

AA January 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Well….I guess it’s 5 o’ clock somewhere.

Incognito January 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

If stores can be open for business on Christmas Day (for example) then a bar should have the right to open their business at 6:00am. End of subject.

anonanonagain January 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM

My uncle was an alcoholic. He used to show up at his favorite haunt in the early hours of the morning.He would just top up from the night before. I think opening time was 10 am, but 6 am is ridiculous!!! I believe the bar was called Red’s Recovery Room…….

Keith January 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I haven’t gone to a bar in years. I couldn’t care less.

I don’t know who their customers are at 6:00 a.m. Maybe graveyard workers just getting off work.

Even alcoholics are asleep at that hour. Or getting up for work.

Bars should be open whenever January 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM

the bar owners see a business need. There are plenty of people who work late or overnight shifts, those people should be able to enjoy a libation after work as many other regular daytime hours. In towns where factories are 24 hours a day, often bars are open 24 hours. Happy hours are at shift changes.

If the Bars should find themselves deluged with drunks and other assorted bums, then its not profitable to be open.

It’s what the market will bear.

Shelly January 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Someone has to be there to clean, stock, take care of business, etc. Why shouldn’t they see if they can turn a buck? Safway & many other businesses do it. Personally, I’m off the sauce, and don’t have time for antisocial alcoholics, but then it’s not my business! This is still America, I think.

Gilbert January 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM

If somebody wants a drink at that hour, they will make it happen regardless. Cheers!

Cowellian January 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Shift work folks like happy hour after work, too.

RANDOM TASK January 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

rejoice prohibition is back on because alcohol sucks. yet let the criminals and their backers the politicians run amuck ……..oh they already do well at least alcohol will be banned

ANNONeeemoose January 10, 2014 at 12:29 PM

If they have enough business to warrant being open at 6am, more power to them. Sad. But as long as it’s not illegal, it’s their business to run as they like.

The Mamba January 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I understand your point, but don’t think it being illegal would be the solution. That’s a personal choice people need to make for themselves.

Antonio January 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Doesn’t bother me a bit. It probably is shift workers having a drink or two after work.

No big deal.

??? January 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Breakfast shots!!!!:)

anon January 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM

How sad. 🙁 My ex’s family is filled with those who were captains of industry and artists but lived from one drink to the next. Narcissism at its best – drinking themselves into stupor while time, resources and family’s lives were all focused on the goals of the drunk to drink while the enablers tip toe around to not wake Dad and hide as the drunk roller coaster of mindless emotions rage from hateful violent anger to sloppy sobbing. A famous uncle of the family actually makes billions from selling the alcohol to the rest of the addicts. But who cares how many suffer, die , main or kill because addicts just have to have their fix and there is always a sadist around to sell it to him.

ClayDen January 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM

We are a free market economy (at least for now), so I don’t have a problem with it. If you have an alcohol problem, it doesn’t matter when the bars open, as you will have it or get it from another source.

I can’t remember the last time I was in a bar, but I do enjoy a glass of good wine with family and friends, sometimes a beer instead. Nothing better than sitting at my campsite near turn 9 at Laguna Seca watching the cars exit the corkscrew with a cold beer, or sitting by the ocean in Hawaii sipping a Mai Tai.

The4thBore January 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Is that our favorite dive The Red Dragon? Stay classy guys….lol

Craig Cannon January 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Number #11 Makes a Good Point. As a Moose Lodge Leader, Member For Years, many of Our Moose Were Overnighters (Workers). Although The Moose Keeps More Regular Hours for Coffee or a Drink, Opening at 10-or so, I Know Many that Get Off Work After a Night Shift, or Are Retired and Want a Drink Earlier in The Day since Night Driving is Out. Note The Moose is a Private Non Profit Fraternity, but We Have a Small Bar. Although, I Don’t Drink These Days, Any Of The Silly Juice, Most That I’ve Seen are Responsible, have One or Two with Their Buddies, and Go Home. Point:Everyone Has Different Hours. Bars, are only As Responsible as Their Bartenders. Moderation, and Recognizing a Over Indulgence, Not Serving an Intoxicated Patron Any Hour is Foremost. Not The Hours Serviced. In Our Fraternity, Our Employees Are State Trained to Recognize This. Cheers!

What does bother me... January 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM

…are some people’s sanctimonious tone when it comes to what other people do. Bar open at 6AM? Someone wants a beer in the morning? Who the hell cares?!? It’s cliche, but: get a life.

@anon January 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Same thing applies to drug stores. CVS is open early so people can go get their anti-depressants!

It’s open at 6am because they have customers at 6am. Maybe it’s someone working night shift or whatever.

People that think it’s ridiculous, stupid, should be illegal etc., HOW CARES WHAT YOU THINK. Someone in this country may want it, get over yourself.

JET January 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM

If anyone is there drinking alcohol at 6am, they have a serious problem.
This is totally ridiculous (and sad).

@Jet January 10, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Not everyone lives on the same schedule as you! Ever heard of a graveyard shift?

Amy January 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

There is a liquor store just across the street from this bar so what’s the difference?

silly rabbit January 10, 2014 at 1:13 PM

People have all kinds of schedules and should have access to services, including bars, at times that are convenient for them. If a bar owner sees a need to pay his staff and keep his place open at anytime of the day, it’s his money he’s spending and none of our business.

This is what’s wrong with the coutnry today. too many people making laws on things based on their own limited, narrow, naive, view of the world. If you dont like something, it doesnt give you the right to decide for all your neighbors. There’s a gray area here and it needs to be addressed as such.

It used to be a free country… now it super regulated thanks to both the conservative right and the liberal left.

Remember that businesses would not stay in business if their customers didnt like what they were doing, and yet, Walmart, who many folks complain about for multiple reasons, is one of the most successful, evil empires on the planet. We hate what they do and how they do it, but they have the cheapest goods so we look the other way when the prices roll back.

End rant. Thank you for reading this.

Silva January 10, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Substance abuse of any kind can be horrific for the whole family of the abuser as a huge majority of us know. Having a bar open at odd hours really won’t affect that.

This morning 8am several cars were there January 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM

I noticed this sign for the first time this morning around 8 a.m., and looked at the parking lot, surprised to see several cars there.

I don’t go to bars and don’t drink. I am guessing that if someone is an alcoholic, they will drink whether the bars are open or not. So I’m not ‘for’ it, but am not sure it makes much difference in stopping people from drinking to close it.

Perhaps it is better for them to have a place to hang out than to not have a place to hang out and instead drink and drive.

Aunt Mary January 10, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Isn’t that where our Liar and his Boot-licker meet to discuss the daily political attacks.

Futurama January 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Gladly I don’t think any of the offended and pious would be traveling outside the US. Getting laughed off the face of the earth would probably not be good for ones health.

Mr. Pink January 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

It’s a private business. If they want to serve drinks at 6 AM and someone wants to buy them at 6 AM then who are we to say they can’t?

Move along.

Winston January 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

They have to open some time. 6AM is long enough after 2AM that the drunks have had time to fall asleep, so why not?

meh January 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

As long as they have access to taxi’s they can do whatevet they want with their bodies 🙂

Robbie's girl January 10, 2014 at 2:12 PM

a good topic: are you bullied or harassed at work ?

Anon2you January 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

(This post doesn’t apply to those of you who get it, just those who don’t have a clue, you know who your are :-))
I am constantly amazed by some of the responses on this site…some people are just stupid!
1) The time a bar opens in the morning will NOT turn your family member into and Alcoholic. Your family member either IS or IS NOT an alcoholic, sorry!
2) Outlawing Alcohol will NOT cure Alcoholism (See Prohibition didn’t work the first time dummies). PS – Outlawing Guns won’t work either dummies!
3) A BAR does not make a Drunk Driver, any more that a Liquor store, Convenience Store or Grocery Store does by selling alcohol. (See #1)
4) People do NOT all live on the same time cycle or lifestyle, so it is no more disgusting for someone to have a drink at 6am than 6pm, depending on their situation, don’t judge until you know.
5) As long as the business is adhering to local ordinance and laws of the US, State, County and City then they have the right to open or close and do business…STFU

GD98 January 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

#11 nailed it!

Let’s make bars shut down at 6PM and see how you daywalkers like it!

funny man January 10, 2014 at 2:22 PM

as a non-drinker, non-smoker, non-toker… claycord needs to be a dry county! we should of course enforce the highest of moral value to all our citizens, involuntarily. I read somewhere what’s bad for isnt good, so therefore be illegal. We NEED MORE LAWS!

Mark January 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Nice Tc. Good one.

tired of taxes January 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM

You can also kill your liver ingesting huge amounts of sugar/hfcs (high fructose corn syrup). People can ruin their lives just as easily with an eating disorder. Or getting obese on soda.
A family ruined by soda drinking is not glamorous tv gold so you won’t be seeing that on tv or the big screen.

In Japan, they have vending machines that dispense cans of beer. Some operate 24 hours a day, others shut-off/don’t dispense during certain time periods (maybe after 1am until 6am; can’t remember for sure).
Japan also has vending machines for cigs as well.

Maybe we give the drunks a one-way ticket to Japan?

wc44 January 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I rarely drink before 8am unless I am on a early flight, but what is a reasonable time to open? How about Mimosa’s and Blood Mary’s at brunch? That being said I had co-worker’s hit the bar at six before starting their day. I think they would not have drunk that early except that they enjoyed going to the bar. Definately alcoholics, so they would have had to get a drink somewhere by 10 am.

Connie Dobbs January 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Grocery stores in California sell hard liquor, and some of them are open 24 hours a day.

Michelle January 10, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Not everyone works from 8-5. For the graveyard workers, the morning is their evening.

Incognito January 10, 2014 at 2:53 PM

It’s funny how people make an assumption if you have a drink at a bar you are an alcoholic! lol

Dave January 10, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I once dated a bar tender, and she opened a place in Pleasant Hill at 8 a.m. Most of the first customers walked in and stayed only long enough to knock back a cheap shot. They didn’t sit down…. drunks, trying to avoid the problems associated with drying out. They’d get in their car and drive away. The guys often drove a nice truck, the occasional female a junker. So sad.

@Connie 41 January 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Alcohol cannot be sold between the hours of 2am and 6 am…

I'll Explain IT January 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Shift workers perspective, working days you get off, you’re just like everyone else stopping for a drink.. If you work swing shift or evenings you get off after working your 8 hours, you have until 2am. You get your first drink and immediately order 2 more because bar keep can’t keep up. If you work graveyard shift or overnight getting off as sun is coming up, hey I’ve worked MY 8 hours I’M entitled to stop by for an eye opener.

What Ticks me off is 32 years after I quit drinking (world became a safer place when I stopped) they finally get it right. Dang IT.

Cops will be driving by and noting license plates, as well they should.

@Incognito January 10, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Kind of a give away, Longs would have a sale on 12 packs of BUD. There’s seven of em in the cart along with a small bag of chips and a tooth brush but they didn’t have a drinking problem.

Sure, let's make Contra Costa a dry county January 10, 2014 at 3:20 PM

and I’ll open bars and liquor stores just across the county line and make a ton of $$$.

Prohibition was a great success, let’s do it again!

Incognito January 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

@ 47
During Christmas I went to Beverages & More and in one trip purchased two cases of wine, six bottles of Champagne, and a bottle of 12-year old McCallan Scotch. I hit the store first thing in the morning to “beat the crowds”. All of the above purchases were Christmas presents for friends, co-workers, and bosses, however, it appears by your thinking I’d be considered an alcoholic by what I had in my cart.

@Incognito January 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Xmas gifts OKFine the 12 pack story happens to be mine. No longer drink, did enough research into drinking for 2 lifetimes.

Booze January 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM

I don’t drink often(1x/year). It doesn’t work for me, coming from a family of alcoholics. It isn’t my place to dictate what others do, just for everyone’s safety please do not drink and drive!

Find something else to complain about January 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Who cares? A lot of you people like to force your thought and opinions on people who don’t give a rats ass what you think. Liquor stores are open, Starbucks is open, I’m sure strip clubs somewhere are open. It’s called free to do what the hell you wanna do. I guess it’s not a spare the air day, and you need to complain about something.

Incognito January 10, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Good for you for giving it up… and I guess since you’ve been there, you’d be a good judge of character, I guess, to know an alcoholic when you see one…

Incognito January 10, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Right on.
P. S. I’m having a fire tonight – Why? Because I can.

You cannot just quit alcohol if you drink a lot. January 10, 2014 at 4:15 PM

If you are a heavy drinker and stop, there is a very high mortality rate. I believe up to 30 % for some drinkers. And if they need their fix, they need their fix. Most drinkers do not have an issue like this, and a casual drinker can stop, no problem. But some need to get drunk right out of bed or it can be bad. I had a friend who died of alcohol related causes, who drank when he woke up until he passed out everyday of his life. I drove him to the store once at 6 AM, he bought a large bottle of Vodka and was shaking and opened it in my truck and took a big drink. AT 6 AM. I was floored. We used to be good friends, but alcohol got the best of him and he became very hostile, even grabbed my friends wife once threating her, shaking her. They moved. Alcohol is a serious drug. But again, I would rather people have a place to get a shot or two of hard alcohol at 6 am, or relax with a beer, than not. I even gave this poor guy $5 once early in the morning in front of a liqueur store, older guy, shaking. At first I was hell with that, but he was honest and said it was for booze, and the poor guy was shaking.

well... January 10, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Bars cannot sell alcohol after 2 am and before 630 am. Same as grocery stores. I am a shift worker who gets off work about 6am. I have gone to a bar after work with coworkers a couple of times. We start out with coffee until 630 and then have a beer or two.

I just wish more places were open for dinner items at 6 am. When you don’t want to eat at home, you want more choices than breakfast.

Ralph January 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM

This is nothing new, many bars open at 6am.

Sacto Rob January 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM

The purpose of passing laws is to fix an existing problem. Exactly what specific problem is being causued by bars being open from 6 a.m to Noon?

Kirkwood January 10, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I had a boss who kept a bottle in his desk and nipped all day long. It continued when he retired until he died. When he was cremated he burned for 3 days.

Beth Amphetamine January 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

As opposed to Wake & Bake?

Polly January 10, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Who needs to drink at 6 am?

Atticus Thraxx January 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

I didn’t even know we still had bars. But I know we have way too many laws.

Ranger January 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM

If someone gets off work at 6am, they
might want to get a drink to unwind
before going home and going to bed.
I could never work those hours, or
wouldn’t drink that early unless it was
a Bloody Mary before an airplane
flight, but I can see how someone
else might want to have a drink
before noon.

@Polly January 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Who needs a drink at 6 pm?

james January 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Dowlings may your R.I.P

Dowlings was a great dive bar located in the Lundardis shopping center where W.C. and P.Hill intersect. It closed years ago and is now a something or other.

Back in my wilder days of packing my nose and drinking all night, me and the boys would show up their right at 6 a.m. to either take the edge off from the night before and wind it down or continue to rage into the afternoon.

Nothing better than cracking a cold beer at 6 a.m. to fight that hangover…

Dr. Jellyfinger January 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Drinking booze at 6am is disgusting, there’s no excuse for it……. unless of course YOU ARE ON A PARTY BOAT! As soon as that line clears the cleat and we power away from the dock the bottle caps come off! Pop ’em & chug beer all day between reeling in the bass, halibut & sturgeon. We all scarf down loads of nutritious sandwiches, chips, cookies, beef jerky, grass shrimp, etc. too, so we don’t get totally destroyed. There’s always some metro sexual type guy that comes along and winds up barfing over the side, but it’s all good. We have something to laugh at & the seagulls go crazy over it.

And there’s drinking songs too…..

Oh give me a home
Where the beer bottles foam
And the blonde & brunette ladies play!
Where seldom is heard
A discouraging word
Beause the wife is out working all day….

frenchdog January 11, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I used to work the graveyard shift and it was great to go into Barneys and see a full bar of friends and co-workers enjoying a drink and some conversation @ 6:30 am ,

0600 is ok January 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I used to work at Lyon’s restaurant in WC, graveyard shift. After work, a co-worker who was a bartender at The Blarney Stone, would leave Lyon’s and go and work at The Blarney Stone. You wouldn’t believe how many ‘suits’ would be there at opening time. For us it was like those of you who work until 1700 and then go out for a cocktail.

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