Encore Boston Harbor wants to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.
There soon might be a place where you can get served drinks after 2 a.m. in the Boston area — with caveats.
Wynn Resorts officials are asking the state for permission to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. at the Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, according to documents filed with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Monday.
However, there’s a catch to anyone who would be receiving drinks between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.: They would have to be “actively engaged in gambling” on the casino floor, according to the documents. (The drinks would be complimentary, as is common for gamblers in casinos.)
“According to the license application, all front-facing bars [that serve guests] will close at 2 a.m. Also, Encore Boston Harbor is requesting extended alcohol service between 2 a.m. — 4 a.m. specifically on the casino floor and only to patrons actively engaged in gambling,” commission officials wrote on their website.
In its beverage license application — which is dated May 2 and available on the commission’s website — casino officials further detailed their request, including illustrations and processes for locking draft beer taps and liquor-dispensing systems at 2 a.m. in cash bars and 4 a.m. in casino service bars.
If the state grants Wynn the right to serve until 4 a.m., it wouldn’t be the first time. The commission also voted in June 2018 to allow the MGM Springfield casino to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. on the casino floor.
The commission is allowed to grant casinos two-hour alcohol service extensions on gaming floors because of a legislative amendment signed by Governor Baker in 2017, according to its website.
The commission is also soliciting feedback from the public on the 4 a.m. proposal before making a final decision.
Anyone who would like to speak about the issue can send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Encore Boston Harbor Liquor License Application” in the subject line. Mail-written comments can also be sent to:
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission
101 Federal Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Attn: Catherine Blue, General Counsel
The commission will accept comments until Monday, May 20, at noon.
Encore Boston Harbor is expected to open June 23.