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Local pubs try to cash in on Olympics, despite time difference

If the Winter Games make you thirsty, you’re in luck

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Feb 13, 2014

by Jim Kerr

Canada is rolling along at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and local bar owners are hoping to feed off that success.

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission has been busy lately, approving almost 30 requests from licensed establishments to open early during the Olympics. That’s despite the 11-hour time difference between Alberta and Sochi.

The Edmonton Journal reports 27 requests have gone through, including Kelly’s Pub and the Central Social Hall in Edmonton and Limericks Traditional Public House and The Garage Sports Bar in Calgary, to name a few. In all, the AGLC approved 13 requests in Calgary, five in Edmonton and several more in places like Grande Prairie, Red Deer and Lloydminster, with even more requests under review.

Hoping to catch some Olympic hockey over a cold beer? Canada’s men faced off against Norway on Thursday and will battle Austria on Friday and Finland on Sunday – all of those games are 10 a.m. MST starts, with liquor and food service starting as early as 8 a.m. The Canadian women are through to the quarterfinals in their tournament, however those games are taking place very early on Saturday morning.

Should Canada make the final of the men’s tournament, you’ll have to stay home if you plan on drinking beer, since it’s a 5 a.m. start. The AGLC is allowing some establishments to open as early as 4:30 that day, but you’ll still have to wait a few hours to order any of the hard stuff.

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