Thank you for your informative Jan. 19 article Alcohol: lowering the bar. I am a budget-conscious university student, and when I go out for a beer, I go out for a beer, not obligatory food.
At a restaurant and bar in Osborne Village last year, I was mystified as to why my friends and I were forced to buy food with the drinks that we sought. We were already broke as it stood.
Upon reading the Free Press's description of Manitoba's "Frankenstein monster" liquor legislation, I understand the restrictions of local restaurants and lounges.
Indeed, a streamlined licensing system akin to that of Ontario would permit the founding of vibrant new clubs in Manitoba. Our current liquor laws cause us a huge inconvenience that puts us behind the standard five-or-fewer licence categories in provinces such as Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.
I am glad a new liquor-and-lotteries act is on the way for 2014. This will allow Manitoba to move its already booming music and hospitality industries beyond the days when coed drinking was avant-garde.
MICHAEL BENJAMIN WIEBE