The Vancouver Sun reported this week that Kitsilano’s Lola’s Bar located at 2291 West Broadway is ranked #1 in terms of police calls. A city hall report stated that Lola’s “generates far more police-dispatched calls than any other liquor establishments on the west side.”
Could it really be that bad? It is.
According to the report the number of police-dispatched calls related to Lola’s outnumbered those related to the Regal Beagle pub (in the same West Broadway block) by 12 to 1.
According to Vancouver police spokesman Constable Lindsey Houghton, there were 50 police calls about disturbances at Lola’s in 2010 and have been 46 so far this year.
The Vancouver Sun article is eliciting some banter in its comment section – good and bad.
“Coachrich” sums it up best and his suggestion that sacrificing Lola’s for the sake of the Regal Beagle might be what’s best for Kits.
This location has been a problem for long time Kitsies for over 2 decades. It has to do with it being the largest bar who’s “primary focus is “dancing/drinking” in the community. Hence it attracts it’s specific clientèle.
Best thing to do is pull it’s licence due to it’s problems and before the senior’s apartment at Vine and 8 th or 2 building down the alley is finished spring 2012. Once the seniors are moved in the number of complaints will sky rocket due to the rowdy behaviour as it impacts the seniors health.
IMO the best thing for this intersection of Kits is to loose Lola’s and keep the Beagle at it’s current size and hours. Seniors and the neighbours deserve their rights to have a peaceful and protected neighbourhood. The rowdy types will move on to the next unregulated drinking establishment.
Photo: Glenn Baglo, PNG
Last modified: December 13, 2011