Closing time on Blue Hill Avenue: Last bar left to pack it in

The owner of Packy Connors, 203 Blue Hill Ave., wants to sell his liquor license to a proposed Asian restaurant on the South Boston waterfront.

James Cairns goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week for permission for the deal. Coming on the heels of the Breezeway's decision to shut down this would mean Blue Hill Avenue will not have a single bar in Mattapan or Roxbury.

Shrine hopes to open this summer in an office building next to the federal courthouse.

Packy Connors was long the bane of police in District B-2, but after four people were shot outside at closing time, the bar instituted new security measures and stopped being a frequent visitor to the licensing board.

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Many other bars within walking distance

For those who think there are not enough bars in the area after the closing of Packy's and the Breezeway:

Norvia's
2805 Washington St.
Roxbury

C&S Tavern
Washington St.
Roxbury

Slade's
958 Tremont St
Roxbury

Darryl's
604 Columbus Ave
Roxbury

Chin's Bar
91 Burrell St
Roxbury

In Feb. 2012 a man was shot in the head shortly after 11 p.m. and found in front of Chin's Bar. He was later pronounced dead, police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said. Detectives were looking for evidence in front of Chin’s Bar and Grill at the corner of Burrell Street and Norfolk Avenue.

And in Mattapan, there's Macumba Latina

Granted, more of a dance place than your basic bar.

I didn't mean to imply there soon will be no place in all of Roxbury and Mattapan to get a drink, but I am struck by by the fact that what's basically the main thoroughfare through the neighborhoods will soon have no bars on it. Compare to Washington Street through Roslindale and West Roxbury - and just across the line in Dedham (hmm, I think the only place to get a drink along the West Roxbury stretch is one pizza place with a beer and wine license, but Roslindale and Dedham make up for that).

forgot about Aga's...

I refuse to acknowledge any list of local libations that looks over Aga's. A drink with a view!

Seriously, in no way can you consider these places "walking distance," and Slade's and Darryl's are clubs- not bars- since they have a cover charge during prime drinking hours.

See comments on liquor licenses in the Back Bay...

Seconded

This would be like the Brendan Behan shutting down and shipping its license to an "upscale Mexican-Cambodian fusion concept/bespoke cocktail lounge" in the Back Bay. Khmer Cantina jokes aside, the local pub losing out to the blue-shirt brigade is never a good thing. Especially when that local had perhaps the best wings in the city.

Yeah it's kind of odd that

Yeah it's kind of odd that these license sales are even allowed to happen across neighborhood boundaries. What happens when all the licenses end up with Back Bay restaurant owners and the little hamlets of JP and Hyde Park go dry?