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Wichita tweaks laws for drinking on public property

Drinking at approved outdoor events will have to end at midnight on Friday and Saturday nights and at 11 p.m. on other days under a change to the city's outdoor event and nightclub laws.

Wichita City Council members unanimously approved the move this morning along with several other tweaks.

One of those closed a little-known loophole that allowed outdoor drinking at the Old Town Farm and Art Market, Old Town Cinema Plaza and the lawn of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. City officials say that loophole hadn’t led to any problems with people partying at those three places. Now the only outdoor drinking in public places will be at events that pass through a fairly rigorous application process and get city approval.

The council's vote also allows pool halls and places with pool tournaments to stay open past 2 a.m., when bars are otherwise required to close down. But even though the pool matches can go on into the early morning, no alcohol can be served after 2 a.m.