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No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

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No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

Is this new or something old that I missed....

to try to reduce crime, the Dominican government has said no establishment open to the public is allowed to serve alcoholic drinks after midnight Monday to Thursday and after 2am Friday and Saturday. Areito and Mangu are discos at resorts which are open not only to their guests but to the public so they are included. The Tower Casino located at the Princess Bavaro is included also.

So go to the bar Friday or Saturday night if you want to drink or else drink at the resort and head to the disco to sober up!

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1. Re: No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

That is correct for areas outside places like the places you mentioned. For instance....with typical Dominican logic....Mangu ( open to Dominicans) but owned by the resort....is permited to stay open. BUT...the "Corner Bar" right outside the area has to close.

I call it the "rich get richer syndrome" and the hard working little guy gets beat up!

Just My Thoughts

Majestic Mike ( without a raindrop or drip in sight!!)

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2. Re: No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

Hi Mike, if you are close to the devine one upstairs, can you request no rain during the day, nothing but perfect whether for Jan 20-27th! I have made my request but seeing you have a special arrangement with the Big Guy I was figuring you had more pull than I do!

Ok seriously, did they amend something along the way to exclude the tourist industry? I read they were considering it, but it was not so at that moment...

Your cave bar suggestion will have to be on Friday night then...

speaking of that...where is it exactly?

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3. Re: No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

Hi Dual!

I guess we will have to make sure our mini-bar is fully stocked then prior to midnite!

Hopefully they stock bottles of Presidente at the Princess resorts?!

And please do tell the man upstairs little or no rain for late March, aussi!! Or at least let him know it can rain after sun-down and before sun-up:)

Starz

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4. Re: No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

I think the AA people must of made it to the DR.

Shouldn't they just concentrate on getting the low life's off the street.

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5. Re: No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

mike

i fail to see your logic. this curfew and the curtailment of drinking and driving are strong handed moves by the pld that i approve whole heartedly.

why do dominicans, the majority of whom are poor by north american standards, have to go to the bar during the week ? alcholism and lack of responsibility are huge problems. the poor people need a strong hand. since trujillo they have been able to run wild and look at the results. this move does not affect tourism and in my mind has positive socio-economic impact. the government lifts the ban during christmas and probably semana santa.

mike since you are the defender of the poor how much does your hotel pay your workers ? since you called me out for having fairly paid domestic help i am curious.

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6. Re: No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

He's probably talking about the poor bar owners vs the rich resort owners, not the patrons.

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7. Re: No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

the rich resort owners pay taxes and provide employment. they provide environments where foreign tourists and well off dominicans will feel comfortable spending time and money. most local bars in puerto plata are owned by disolute foreigners. they pay very few taxes and are economic non-entities. 95 % of tourists would not want to go there. i think that if they can not compete with the big boys they should close

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8. Re: No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

Hi Wutzy! Come to the Princess in March so we can test the ocean to be sure the water isn't too salty (or was that the rim of my margarita glass?!! I think I dropped it in the waves!)

Dual, you need to come back then too!!

Oh crud, I think I ingested too much seawater and Bavaro Beach sand after dropping my glass; what do I take for an anecdote for that?!

Back to the thread; I am just curious: if they charge $5 for beers and $10 for mixed drinks at the disco how can anyone living in the D.R. afford to go to nightclubs, when that is steep even by American standards?!!

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9. Re: No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

good point Starz.

but I read again, on another tour operators' sight that the ban included Mangu and Areito or Arieto however you spell it. it makes it more fair if that is the case.

Starz: remedy for ingesting sand and salt, have another drink and don't spill it this time!!!

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10. Re: No alcoholic drinks ....after midnight...

what many people fail to understand is that there are a lot of dominicans that have far more, or are at least compareable to an all inclusive guest in terms of economic means.

imported beers at elite clubs in santo domingo and santiago are often more than 10 dollars a bottle. to reserve a table you often have to commit to buying a bottle of top shelf liquor at ridiculous mark up. these establishments are full during the weekends.

if you go during the spring or summer to puerto plata and go to places like mangu or hemmingways you will see that the people buying drinks are well off dominicans. the tourists prefer to drink at the resort for free.

at the end of the day money talks... if people can not afford to be there they should not be there.