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Bar raises drinking age to combat rowdy drunks

Published On: Nov 22 2013 10:23:54 AM MST
Bar bans drinkers under 25

A bar in Brooklyn is saying "no" to drinkers under 25.

It's called Phil's Crummy Corner and neighbors say that's exactly what it is late at night on the weekends.

"It can be can be really loud," Alon Beneli, who lives in the neighborhood with his two daughters, told WPIX. "They are outside smoking, there are bottles and motorcycles, people outside smoking and talking."

He says sometimes it goes on until 4 a.m.

But owner Felix Marcano says he named the place based on it's appearance before he took over five years ago and cleaned it up. He says he's trying to fix the problem by putting the kibosh on rowdy young drinkers.

"I'm just trying to avoid the noise, the fights and it's working," Marcano said. "That's why I made it 25."

Neighbor Melisa Motola likes the idea.

"I think it's a good thing," she said. "I can get my daughter to sleep."

Others say Felix has promised an older more respectful crowd before but didn't follow through.

You might be wondering if upping the age to 25 is legal.

The state liquor authority says it is, as long as they don't discriminate against other groups and if they want a more experienced drinker that's OK.