Two Boston College students who decided to venture into the wilds of the Fenway got the Baseball Tavern on Boylston Street hauled before the Boston Licensing Board today after police detectives found them enjoying a couple of bottles of Bud Light on Dec. 31.
One of the detectives who cited the bar said that on a return visit, he and his partner - and their supervisor - found more underage drinkers and issued another citation. And then, when they returned 20 minutes later, Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey said, he saw a doorman letting young-looking would-be patrons in without even running their alleged IDs through a license scanner.
"We keep having problems" at the bar, Mulvey said.
Mulvey and the two other detectives arrived at the Baseball Tavern around 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 and immediately spotted two young-looking guy sitting at a high-top table in the middle of the bar with two beers. One turned out to be just 18 and said he'd used an older friend's ID - and that they'd gone to the Baseball Tavern because of campus scuttlebutt the bar was easy to get into. The other, 19, told police he used a fake ID, but no longer had it because he gave it to another friend to use.
Bar officials say they turned away other underage kids that night, that the one kid's New York ID came back as valid when scanned. And they used the incident as a learning experience to help retrain staff.
"It's just not working out," board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini said. "You guys have had so many underage patrons." And looking at one of the real IDs handed over to police that night, she expressed amazement he was let in. "This kid looks about 12 years old," she said.
The board, which asked the bar to prepare a formal security plan for handling tykes trying to get a drink, decides Thursday what action, if any, to take on the Dec. 31 incident.