The sun will be over the yardarm a little bit earlier during the FIFA World Cup, thanks to Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone. “We’re approaching more of a European attitude to alcohol — that is, in moderation it’s good,” Pantalone said, shortly after his motion to allow bars to open an hour early during the soccer championship starting in June passed at city council. “It will be appreciated by the general public and it will be appreciated by the people who enjoy a good game of football with a glass of beer in the hot days of July and August.” The games are being played in South Africa and will air early in the morning here in Toronto. The changes will allow bars to start serving at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. Closing time will remain 2 a.m.
Frankly, if I am having a breakfast beer I am having it in my jammies and fuzzy Netherlands slippers at home. I have booked a few days off work through the first round of the tournament to make sure I get, you know, my Portugal v. Brazil fix. I have a flag of one and a jersey of the other, you know. But I don't know if I want to sit in a bar all day slugging beer. I mean I may have a hefeweissen with my eggs on toast but after that I expect to get all sleepy and nap well before extra time. How do people do these things? Is that what those little tiny coffee cups are for?