Goodbar will seek state review of a Boston Licensing Board decision that will force it to close for three days in part because patrons were caught holding beers and drinking from them while playing a game that involves tossing little balls into cups filled with water.
The State Street bar's attorney, Carolyn Conway, said today the bar is seeking clarification from the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission on water pong. Conway said that unlike with classic beer pong, as played in states with less stringent controls on bars, Goodbar's water pong involved no prizes or other incentives to swill beer: The bar simply made a water-pong table available for any customers who wanted to try their skill at tossing ping-pong balls into plastic cups.
On Thursday, the licensing board ordered the bar to shut for three days because of a November incident that involved both a minor caught with a beer and, separately, but at the same time, patrons observed holding beers and taking swigs from them as they played water pong.
Technically, the ABCC cannot overturn the license-suspension order by the licensing board, but Conway said she will ask the commission to urge the board to reconsider. Any ruling could also provide guidance for other cities and towns on water pong.