Special Agent Thomas Bissette, of the Alcohol Law Enforcement office in Wilmington, said there are 75 establishments with a mixed-beverage permit in the 28401 ZIP Code, which includes the downtown area of Wilmington. The permit allows those establishments to sell not only beer but liquor by the drink.
Not all of those establishments are bars that serve only alcohol.
Bissette said some of the 75 establishments he counted are restaurants.
He said a couple of places in the downtown area serve only beer, but those establishments do not need a mixed-beverage permit and aren’t counted in that total.
UPDATE: The answer above was posted in July 2010. An article published online on Aug. 26, 2014, said there were 44 bars in the central business district before the present policy restricting the growth of bars was enacted in 2010, and there are 31 of them now. This figure does not include hotels or restaurants that sell alcohol.
Date posted: July 27, 2010
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