The Boston bar fight is something of a city tradition. It looks, however, like the city is ready to crack down on violent shenanigans by making it a lot harder to smash some bastard's face by ordering bars with issues to use plastic cups instead of glass.
A report in the Boston Herald indicates Beantown's Liquor Licensing Board wants to "crack down on establishments where patrons have suffered injuries related to glasses holding drinks." They're focusing on bars where there have been several incidents, and the establishment's level of classiness will not shield it from glassware censure.
Licensing Board chair Christine Puglini told the Herald that if they "see a pattern of glass as a weapon it will no longer be allowed" and even "high-end" drinking spots will have to start putting out big orders for Solo cups.
When interviewed by the Herald, bar manager Michael Anthony made the best case against this measure, which does seem to blame inanimate tumblers for their users' bad behavior. "It makes no sense to offer a legal drug — alcohol —" Anthony said, "and blame the outcome on packaging." Anthony went on to call the idea "asinine."
Boston has earned a gangster rep from gritty flicks like The Departed and Black Mass, but jokes aside, it's really pretty undeserved these days. That said, it doesn't seem like too much to ask bar patrons to put down the drink and just use plain old fists if it has to go that far at all.
Or even better: just get the hell out of there. No wild night on the town is truly worth a smashed face, in the end.
h/t Boston Herald