Downtown Dining District

The Downtown Dining District in Gainesville, Georgia is an open container district where outside consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted in a pedestrian-oriented area. 

Here is a summary of how this works:

  • Any establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages is authorized to dispense an alcoholic beverage in a clear plastic cup for patrons to take into the public areas of the Downtown Dining District. Cans, glass, or metal containers are prohibited.
  • The Downtown Dining District is only in effect from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • No more than two clear plastic cups may be taken outside by a person at a time.
  • Clear plastic cups must be no larger than 16 fluid ounces.
  • You cannot take clear plastic cups outside of the Downtown Dining District, or upon any private property within the Downtown Dining District, without express consent of private Property owners. 
    • Examples: If you purchased a drink at a restaurant, you can walk outside to another store and ask the manager or clerk on duty if it's allowed for you to go inside with it. You may not assume it's okay to walk into stores, private parking lots, or other outside privately owned areas.

Click here to read the full code of ordinances which outlines in full detail all of the the rules and regulations of the Downtown Dining District.