June 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Nellie’s expands hours for World Cup

Nellie’s Sport Bar last week became D.C.’s only gay bar to seek and receive permission to extend its hours so customers can watch early morning soccer games during the month-long World Cup international soccer tournament in South Africa.

According to information released Friday by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, Nellie’s is one of 74 D.C. liquor-serving establishments to seek and receive a special waiver to allow them to operate starting at 7 a.m. between June 11 and July 11.

Under the World Cup Extension of Hours Emergency Act of 2010, which the D.C. City Council passed June 1, Nellie’s and the other establishments may open at 7 a.m. and serve alcoholic beverages beginning at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, and beginning at 10 a.m. Sundays during the exemption period.

Gay D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) introduced the emergency legislation to allow the expanded hours.

Nellie’s manager David Chung said starting this week and continuing through June 21, the bar and restaurant is opening at 7:30 a.m. Starting June 22, Nellie’s will open at 10 a.m. for the remainder of the Word Cup games, which begin later in the morning.

He said the bar will show live broadcasts of the games on several of its video screens. Chung noted that members of D.C.’s Federal Triangle’s gay soccer club will be among the people watching the games at Nellie’s.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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