New ordinance allows Hoboken bars to serve at 5 a.m. for World Cup games

The FIFA Women's World Cup is underway in Australia and New Zealand. Hoboken officials wanted to give fans a chance to celebrate while keeping the 14-hour time difference in mind.

Matt Trapani and Naomi Yané

Jul 25, 2023, 2:18 AM

Updated 324 days ago

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The drinks will start flowing extra early in Hoboken for the women’s World Cup now that city officials have passed a temporary ordinance.
The FIFA Women's World Cup is underway in Australia and New Zealand. Hoboken officials wanted to give fans a chance to celebrate while keeping the 14-hour time difference in mind.
The Hoboken City Council voted in a 7-1 vote to change the hours of operation for bars and restaurants that have liquor licenses. The change allows for those establishments to open and start serving alcohol at 5 a.m. to patrons who want to watch World Cup games.
“I always love to check out the games live, especially the bigger the game,” says Hoboken resident Richard Smith.
The change comes with rules for businesses and their patrons. Bargoers are only allowed to be indoors from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Noise is limited to TV monitors showing the game, there are no outdoor viewing setups allowed and no music can be playing.
"The temporary change to Hoboken's liquor license serving laws for the 2023 Women's World Cup, beginning in the quarterfinals, is a win-win for local businesses and fans of soccer and women's sports,” Hoboken officials wrote in a statement. “The option for bars to open earlier will give patrons the ability to watch the games live and root on their teams with other fans, while respecting local neighbors."
One bar that is happy about the change is Mulligan’s on First Street – an establishment known to be a soccer bar.
“It’s perfect for us here, everyone expects it from us here. People call us and make sure we’re open. They know this is a place they can go, the establishment that they’re always welcomed at,” says Mulligan’s Farrah Bourke. “We’re very famous for it and we’re very proud to be famous for it.”
The ordinance is only in effect on days when games are being played. Bar owners who want to extend their hours must fill out an application and pay a $100 fee to participate.
Team USA plays its next match Wednesday at 9 p.m.


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