As urban landscapes evolve, cities are constantly exploring innovative ways to invigorate their downtown cores. Allowing outdoor alcohol consumption is one way to get the party started. This forward-thinking approach not only fosters a vibrant social atmosphere, but also stimulates economic growth and community engagement.

On July 1, 2024, The City of Chamblee will allow its citizens to drink alcoholic beverages in designated public areas. According to city leaders, allowing outdoor alcohol consumption is intended to bring a boost to social activities and pedestrian traffic in downtown Chamblee. The Downtown Entertainment District will serve as the designated area, stretching from Ingersoll Rand Drive to McGraw Drive.

Imagine strolling down the bustling streets of Chamblee’s expanding entertainment district, savoring a craft beer or a glass of wine under the open sky. This picturesque scene is not just a dream, but a reality set to transform Chamblee into a hub of excitement and opportunity. Below are the rules for the new ordinance once it takes effect.

Patrons purchasing alcohol from an alcohol-licensed establishment in the district must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Hours allowed for outdoor consumption in the Downtown Entertainment District are between 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Anyone who is 21 years old or older can possess one alcoholic beverage in a downtown alcohol cup purchased from an alcohol-licensed establishment located in the District. Prohibited hours of outdoor consumption are between 10:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • An alcohol-licensed establishment located in the Downtown Entertainment District must dispense an alcoholic beverage in a clear plastic cup for removal from the premises. The cup should display the establishment’s name or logo and a sticker designated from the City authorizing the drink for outdoor consumption in the Downtown Entertainment District.
  • Mixed drinks containing liquor dispensed in a downtown alcohol cup cannot exceed 12 fluid ounces in size. Malt beverages or wine dispensed in a downtown alcohol cup cannot exceed 16 fluid ounces in size.

Each location participating in outdoor consumption must have a sign on the door that’s reads:

“Patrons leaving this establishment with an alcoholic beverage are required by law to dispose of the beverage before 10:00 p.m. and before leaving the Downtown Entertainment District. Any person who possesses an open alcoholic beverage outside the district, or after 10:00 p.m. within the district, or in an unauthorized container, is in violation of the City Code and may be subject to a citation and/or fine.”

By harnessing the power of outdoor spaces and fostering a vibrant social scene, Chamblee is poised to emerge as a premier destination for both leisure and commerce. Cheers to outdoor enjoyment!

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