After selling to minors, no New Year’s Eve bash at Third Edition

Kate Ryan,

WASHINGTON — If you’re planning on partying in Georgetown New Year’s Eve, you won’t be able to raise a glass at Third Edition.

The popular bar and nightclub has had its liquor license suspended for five days effective Friday, Dec. 29.

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board cited the bar for failing to check identification and serving underage customers on more than one occasion. In January, a check by Metropolitan Police found 14 underage customers had been served alcohol, and in February another check showed an underage patron had been allowed to drink using someone else’s ID.

Cynthia Simms, community resource officer with the alcohol enforcement board, says the suspension comes in part because of Third Edition’s history with “repeated sales to minors.”

According to the board’s documents, Third Edition has said it’s working to change its business practices, and the board states, “We sincerely hope the Respondent’s management is successful, because business as usual at Third Edition is currently unacceptable.”

Third Edition’s website says that “due to circumstances beyond our control” they will be closed Dec. 29 through Jan. 3.

“All guests who have purchased advanced (sic) tickets for the New Year’s Eve Party shall be contacted shortly with more information”

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