Two things: 1. This right here is a classic slippery slope.
2. Globally competitive? Last calls around the world vary, but I guess if we want to be like Amsterdam it’s a goal, I guess. Closer to home, here’s a list of the last call times around the country, according to a 2015 article from Thrillist. Not many 4am times. Except if you live in Nevada or Alaska. Those bars, I would venture to guess, don’t have brownstones abutting their backyards.
Alabama: Decided by every individual community
Arkansas: 1am (although some clubs close between 2am and 5am)
California: 2am (larger cities may allow for later times)
Connecticut: 1am on weekdays, but 2am on weekends
Florida: Most cities close at 3am (it’s up to the communities to decide)
Georgia: Decided on a county-by-county basis (with most closing at 2am)
Hawaii: 2am, although some bars close at 4am with a special license
Idaho: 1am for the most part, but 2am in some larger cities
Illinois: Last call isn’t set by the state, but varies between 2am and 3am in Chicago depending on the bar.
Kentucky: 2am for most of the state, but 4am in Louisville
Louisiana: Bars can technically serve 24 hours a day if there’s no law stating they can’t.
Massachusetts: 1am for most of the state, but 2am in Boston
Mississippi: 12am, with some individual cities setting it at 1am or later
Missouri: 1:30am most of the week, but 12am on Sundays
Nebraska: 1am, but 2am in some larger cities
Nevada: 24 hours a day!
New Hampshire: 1am, but some towns allow ordering until 2am
New Jersey: The state allows towns to regulate closing time on a local level.
New Mexico: 2am
New York: 4am in NYC, but earlier (3am, usually) in smaller municipalities
North Carolina: 2am
North Dakota: 2am
Rhode Island: 1am
South Carolina: Varies on a town-by-town basis (but usually hovers somewhere around 2am)
South Dakota: 2am
Texas: As late as 2am with a permit in large cities. Midnight elsewhere.
Washington DC: 2am during the week and 3am on weekends
West Virginia: 2am usually, but 3am with a club license
Wisconsin: 2am on weekdays and 2:30am on weekends