Two bars not normally associated with Boston College had to explain today how underage BC students were able to get in and consume adult beverages until the moment detectives from the BPD licensing unit asked for their IDs.
Both Clery's, 331 Columbus Ave. in the South End, and the Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston St. in the Fenway, faced hearings before the Boston Licensing Board this morning after being cited for underage drinkers - Clery's for three underage students, two with Bud Lights, the other with a vodka mixed drink and the Baseball Tavern, for a 19-year-old Eagle with a vodka and cranberry.
A manager at Clery's, normally a low-key neighborhood bar with a clientele that averages a bit older than the early 20s, said the three presented what appeared to be authentic licenses. BPD Det. Daniel MacDonald said all three had fake licenses - from California, Vermont and Connecticut. Two were 19, one 18, MacDonald said.
A bar manager said the staff has undergone retraining to help them better identify the young set on the odd chance they come in again.
All three of the students faced criminal charges in court. MacDonald said they were all given continued sentences for a year, which means if they stay out of trouble, the charges will be wiped from their records. Clery's attorney William Burke predicted they'll all behave for the next year, especially now that gruff Sgt. Det. William Mulvey of the BPD licensing unit has retired into a job on the BC police force under former Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. "I feel confident Sgt. Det. Mulvey will have them under his thumb over at BC now, " he said.
At the Baseball Tavern, a doorman was suspended from his job for two weeks for letting in a 19-year-old BC student who presented somebody else's expired Massachusetts license. The doorman said he realized the license was expired but let her in when she showed a debit card as her backup ID - a mistake he told the board he won't make again.
Both bars could find out Thursday if the board feels the incidents warrant any punishment.