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Mixed drinks could flow at Fenway after Red Sox-Menino agreement

Posted by Metro Desk  April 6, 2011 01:08 PM

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The Red Sox have reached an agreement with Mayor Thomas M. Menino and other interest groups to begin selling mixed drinks to fans at Fenway Park, based on testimony before the Boston Licensing Board this morning.

The mayor, police, and community groups expressed support for the Red Sox plan to begin selling mixed drinks at five locations in the ballpark -- after the Red Sox agreed to relocate one stand further away from the bleacher section.

The Red Sox proposal initially drew concern from Menino and Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis when they asked the licensing board for permission to sell mixed drinks throughout the ballpark, instead of only beer.

But the Red Sox agreed to a number of limits on the liquor sales, including a promise to stop selling mixed drinks two hours after the game begins. Currently, beer sales are allowed until the end of the 7th inning or 2½ hours after the game starts.

In addition, the team said that the alcohol content of the mixed drinks would be no greater than the alcohol content of a beer, and that it would not permit the sale of straight alcohol, either on the rocks or in shots.

Currently, fans in premium seating are allowed to purchase straight alcohol.

The Boston Licensing Board is expected to vote on the Fenway proposal on Thursday, but Red Sox attorney Dennis A. Quilty said it could still be another month before mixed drinks are available at Fenway outside of the luxury seating areas.

He said the Red Sox still need permission from the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission for the mixed drink plan.

Read more Globe coverage of this issue here.

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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