Under 21 Banned from Bars & Taverns in Buffalo Entertainment District

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 6:56 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 6:56 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW)-Major changes are coming to Buffalo's Downtown Entertainment District. The Buffalo Common Council approved a measure to limit adults under 21 from entering some local bars, clubs and taverns. The new law will only allow 21 and up into establishments within a zone, bordered by Main Street, Elmwood Avenue, Seneca and Tupper Streets.

"I'm concerned that this could have a monetary effect on bars," said Council President Richard Fontana. "Will these bars become less popular? Will people go to other bars? That's the question that remains."

Restaurants and entertainment venues like Shea's are exempt, but other drinking spots will be off limits to people 21, except on Thursday nights. Nightclubs bringing in special events can apply for an one time exemption.

"They have to give us information, they have to talk about a security plan, and if there will be a promoter," said Ellicott District Council Member Darius Pridgen. "Because what we don't want is people just applying for an exemption and we still have no more control than we had before this legislation was passed."

The law goes into effect immediately for bars and taverns in this designated district.