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Friend Street bar says it's taking steps to keep people from getting smashed in the head with beer bottles

The Greatest Bar, 262 Friend St., sought to reassure the Boston Licensing Board today it will try to prevent a recurrence of a Dec. 22 incident in which a woman had her forehead opened up at closing by a bottle-wielding man apparently upset she had bumped into him on the dance floor earlier in the evening.

Bar attorney Curt Bletzer told the board at a hearing on the incident that bouncers now more closely monitor the multi-level bar's stairways at closing. And he said bar managers are considering a new policy that would require patrons to finish their beers on whatever floors they're on, rather than being allowed to take them downstairs or upstairs.

Bletzer acknowledged the guy "opened her head right up" with the bottle - after first spraying her with beer from it on a stairway landing during a heated discussion that apparently grew out of an incident earlier in the evening on the dance floor.

Bletzer pleaded for board understanding, saying bar staffers that night were unaware of the earlier incident and so had no reason to know that when the guy and his squad passed the woman and her posse on the stairs that the two would exchange words and that the guy would then use the beer bottle in his hand as a weapon, first as a beer spritzer, than as a cudgel.

He said that the bar manager called 911 for an ambulance as soon as he realized what had happened. Bletzer and a police detective said the woman declined a ride to a nearby hospital - but that later that night, she went to the emergency room at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

The board decides Thursday what action to take, if any, about the incident and an unrelated one two nights earlier in which detectives on a routine inspection found an 18-year-old with a fake Maine license downing a whiskey and ginger ale after a Bruins game.

Last month, board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini expressed exasperation at glassware-related injuries at Boston bars and said she wants her board to look at possibly barring bars with repeat incidents from serving drinks in glass.

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This is the Greatest Bar, fyi

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Last I checked that was "Greatest Bar"

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The management company is "The Next Place, LLC". But the bar is called The Greatest Bar.

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Thanks, fixed. I knew something about the name was off, but, grr, stupid mistake.

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Was there an arrest at some point?

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Bar staff tried to hold the attacker, but he was in a scrum of guys at the bottom of the stairs and managed to slip away, the bar attorney said.

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regarding the 'bump'. I'd bet my bottom dollar 'words were exchanged ' which is what likely caused the guy to lose it.

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Because someone with so little self-control isn't going to "lose it" as a result of male privilege, machismo, special snowflake status, or other beyond childish "reason"?

Right. Sure.

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just so I get this straight, if I get bumped in the club am I supposed to crack a girls forehead open with my beer bottle or wait outside and murder everyone she came to the bar with that night?

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Bars cannot stop any and all incidents from happening. I don't understand why they parade the owners and managers in every time someone does something stupid. People do stupid stuff all the time, and of course alcohol doesn't help, but short of outlawing bars what exactly can anyone do to put an end to stupid people doing stupid things?

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How about if your bar has the type of ambiance where no one notices if people are shouting and shoving each other, you need to fix that? Almost all of these things Adam writes about describe that there was some kind of fairly extensive altercation, not just someone who walked up and clonked someone with a glass. I go to plenty of places that are a good time in terms of drinks and good music, but people aren't packed in like sardines and shouting and playing grabass is not the norm. A server or a bartender is going to say something the second anyone gets unruly.

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