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Seaport District bars to stay open later as part of Boston pilot program

Boston's Seaport District bars will kick off a new pilot program this summer by remaining open until 3:30 a.m.

Patrons at The Whiskey Republic enjoy a night out. Photo: The Whiskey Republic/Facebook Patrons at The Whiskey Republic enjoy a night out. Photo: Crysis Photography/Facebook

Boston is on its way to becoming a twilight haven for night owls.

Mayor Martin Walsh on Friday announced the formation of a “late night task force” to look into the possibility of keeping the city's vibrant bars and restaurants open well past their current closing time - until 3:30 a.m.

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The city's hopping Seaport District bars will kick off the study, Walsh said, allowing spots like The Whiskey Priest, Drink and Lucky's to lead the way into the late-night arena.

Walsh said his decision to look into later night-life hours follows calls from Boston residents, an increasingly younger, more worldly demo.

“One of the things I hear a lot around Boston is that we close too early. Our economy is changing our workforce is changing and it’s something I think we have to look at,” Walsh told reporters Friday.

The program is due to launch by the summer, Walsh said. The Legislature would still have to make changes to existing state law.

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