As of today, Boston is the only city in Massachusetts that cannot decide for itself how many liquor licenses shall be in circulation within its borders.
Boston Licensing Board
This is what happens when you give the neighborhood what it needs
After failed attempt to give Boston control of licenses, liquor laws still stuck in last century
Has the city’s complicated, problematic, and historically corrupt liquor licensing process guaranteed that Boston will never have a normal or equitable social life? Could lifting the cap on the number of licenses fix it?
Boston’s liquor licensing quota was born out of elitism and has fostered a poisonous disparity over the past century. Can lifting the cap break the cycle?
The Hub’s nightlife-less squares, at least for the time being, will remain as boozeless as they’ve been for decades.