Last call gets little later during RNC in Cleveland

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Most bars in Cleveland stop serving by 10 or 11 at night. But once the Republican National Convention takes over, last pour will be around 4 a.m. (WPVI)

Most bars in Cleveland stop serving by 10 or 11 at night. But once the Republican National Convention takes over, last pour will be around 4 a.m.

Blue Point is one of hundreds of bars that will be open late because of a major event waiver. And they're booked solid, with groups taking over from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. every day of the convention.

"The staff's going to be around a little bit later. We're going to be here a little earlier. For us, it's exciting. It's an opportunity," said P.J. Siracusa, General Manager.

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Police departments from across the country are sending in about 2,500 officers to assist the 500 Cleveland police dedicated to the Republican National Convention. Federal agencies will help.



Other bars will be open outside the city limits. That includes 19 bars and restaurants in nearby Westlake, where the Pennsylvania delegation is staying.

Republican Mayor Dennis Clough of Westlake says he has a few concerns.

"We've got a good group of people in our police department. If there are any issues we will be able to respond," said Clough. "But we don't anticipate. We anticipate everybody having a good time."
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Less than a month ago, Cavaliers fans took over Cleveland to celebrate the team's first championship. Right after the parade was over, the cleanup began.



But Westlake police say otherwise.

"I've got guys who are 500 miles or more away from home. Maybe they're not going to use the best judgment starting at 11 at night when they get back," said Westlake Police Capt. Guy Turner.

Police say they'll be keeping a close eye on bars staying open late, and they've got a message for those planning to be out into the wee hours.

"Don't be stupid. This is a privilege. You have been selected by your state to carry out a very important role in selecting a presidential candidate. Not to come here and get liquored up," said Turner.
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