The time change gives local bars and clubs the opportunity to stay open and serve alcohol for an extra hour as well Saturday night.
N.C. state law prohibits establishments from selling alcoholic beverages after 2 a.m. But because daylight-saving time officially ends at 2 a.m. Sunday and clocks are turned back one hour, bars and night clubs technically have one more hour to serve drinks.
"It depends when the clocks get turned back," said Mike Shepherd, owner of Goodfellows. "We will be serving until 2 a.m. (after the clocks have changed) unless the law enforcement officials discourage it."
Shepherd said the question of whether bars are legally allowed to serve alcohol after the time change has been discussed at several Alcohol Law Enforcement meetings, but no clear-cut answers have been given.
Doyle Alley, director of permits for the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, said bars and clubs technically can serve alcohol once the clocks have changed back without breaking the law. "We abide by what has been determined to be the official time," he said. "If the clocks are moved back, that theoretically provides an additional hour (to serve alcohol)."