The B.C. government has done hockey fans a favour and allowed pubs and bars to extend their opening hours so fans can watch the Olympic men's hockey medal games live from their favourite bar stools. There's just one catch: No beer.
The bronze medal game starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22. Bars and pubs can open as early as 6 a.m., but they can't serve alcohol until 9.
The puck drops for the gold medal game at 4 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Bars will be able to stay open all night long on Saturday through to the end of the game on Sunday morning, but they'll have to stop serving liquor at the usual time. And if you're thinking you'll just load up at last call, think again – staff will be required to take any unfinished alcohol away from you 30 minutes after the end of liquor service hours.
So, will the games be the same with a seltzer water instead of a beer? As long as Canada's playing for the gold, you can bet there will be plenty of fans decked out in Canada hockey jerseys who settle in for a long night (and early morning) of cheering on the boys in red. Go Canada Go!
Christina Newberry is a freelance writer and editor based in Vancouver.