Clarke Quay operators: Shorter liquor hours won't work

Clarke Quay operators: Shorter liquor hours won't work

SINGAPORE - It was 4am on Sunday and Clarke Quay was still bustling with revellers.

At Read Bridge, which links the quay to Riverside Point, an argument turned into a shoving match between intoxicated men. They were friends.

Around Clarke Quay, four people had passed out in public, among them a woman who struggled to respond coherently to her friends' attempts to rouse her.

The bridge was littered with young people, including tourists and expatriates, still drinking alcohol despite the late hour.

Next to them were empty bottles and cans of booze, some still inside plastic bags from the nearby convenience stores.

But these scenes could soon be a thing of the past.

From Oct 1, Clarke Quay tenants will see shortened liquor licensing hours following reports of drunken behaviour in the area.

They can no longer sell alcohol after 3am on Sundays and weekdays, and after 4am on Saturdays and the eve of public holidays.

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