A bowls club in Stockingstone Road was granted a certificate to supply alcohol on Thursday (August 15).
Co-Op Luton Bowls, which was founded in 1935, applied for a licence for consumption of alcohol on the premises from 11am - 11pm.
The application was blighted by a handful of complaints from residents, but bowls players said all they wanted was to be able to have a pint after a game.
Wendy Mattey from the club said: “Our funds are so low we have to generate funds for the club in any way we can and serving alcohol is a way of doing this. After a game it’s tradition to go to the club and have a meal, normally just a ham salad, dessert and a cup of tea. At the bar you treat your opponent, if they have lost, to a drink. It’s just a tradition of bowls. If you go in any other bowls club in Luton you’ll see they have a bar, and after the game you retire to the club house.”
The decision was made by the licensing panel and the club will now be able to serve alcohol.
Mrs Mattey said they are always looking for new members.