Miami Will Allow Wynwood Bars to Stay Open Until 5 a.m. During Art Basel

Art and alcohol have long been engaged in a mutually beneficial relationship. You go to art galleries partially for the promise of free alcohol. You then drink free alcohol. Repeat this process until the art starts to make sense and suddenly you're convincing yourself $10,000 actually isn't so bad for a life-size papier-mâché sculpture of Xena the Warrior Princess.

The circle of modern art continues.

Basel probably would have gone bankrupt years ago if not for a few hundred gallons of complimentary bubbly, so it makes sense that yesterday the Miami City Commission voted to allow Wynwood bars to extend hours and serve alcohol until 5 a.m. as opposed to the normal 3 a.m. stop time.

The leniency will go into effect Wednesday, November 30, through Sunday, December 4. Sadly, come Monday, Wynwood's bars will go back to the normal closing hours.

You can read the full, thrilling resolution below, signed by City Attorney Victoria Méndez.

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Ryan Pfeffer is a contributor and former Miami New Times music editor. After earning a BS from Florida State University, Ryan joined the New Times staff in November 2013 as a web editor.
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