Birmingham council approves open containers in entertainment districts
Under the new ordinance, the public can walk from bar to bar with their drinks. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
Birmingham's City Council today voted unanimously to allow citizens to carry alcohol from one bar to another within designated entertainment districts.
The new rules call for beer and liquor to be put in cups not glasses in these zones.
If you want to participate you have to show an ID and get a wristband that tells police patrolling the area you're allowed to be carrying an open container within the multiple city blocks designated for this plan.
The council's public safety committee chair says this will make the city more attractive to visitors who come into town for things like sporting events.
"What we're doing is really wanting to expand that. So when people come here for the Magic City Classic, for instance, they can go to an entertainment district and enjoy a cocktail while listening to some people playing music on the streets and it allows us to create a more festive environment for visitors to our city," Councilor Johnathan Austin.
State law allows Birmingham to have up to five open container districts like this and the city council hasn't designated where those will be yet.
Councilor Austin says it will be up to businesses to apply for that status and prove they can keep their area safe and clean before the city grants them a district designation.