The first discussions from an advocacy group pushing for a later last call in Toronto bars took place on Monday.
At the meeting, the advisory council suggested that city staff begin a study on the value of the night-time economy and the feasibility of later closing times for bars.
Spencer Sutherland from the Toronto Music Advisory Council, who is the lead in the project, says initial discussions are very preliminary and that a report for city councilors is the next step.
The study will look at the potential impact of later drinking hours for nearby residents, businesses and other stakeholders as well as potential changes in policing and transit that may have to happen.
Another idea being floated by the advisory council is to offer later hours as incentives to well-run establishments.
Current licensing laws have been in place for 20 years and some city council members have hinted that it may be time for a change.
A decision from the city is not likely to happen until sometime in the new year.