The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Urban Art Bar, 163 Old Colony Ave., buy a Dorchester bar's liquor license so it can offer customers a glass of wine or a beer to sip as they work on canvases.
At a hearing today, Urban Art Bar attorney Andrew Upton painted a picture of art and alcohol mixing to enhance the social atmosphere" among patrons who find brushstrokes a good way to relax. Beer and wine would be available to people taking classes at a bar; the studio also wants to offer liqueurs for people who hire the facility for birthday and other parties.
Gary Murad of the St. Vincent Lower End Neighborhood Association noted that Newton already has a studio that offers these more potent potables. And if Newton can allow such an establishment, surely the city of Boston can as well, he said.
If approved, the studio would purchase the liquor license of the Avenue Grille on Dorchester Avenue.
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