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Happy Hour: Open Containers Now Allowed in Bellevue, Kentucky Entertainment District

Bellevue, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, is the latest city to follow in the footsteps on Las Vegas and New Orleans in allowing alcoholic beverages in the public realm.
November 29, 2019, 1pm PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Land of liberal open container laws.

"Fairfield Avenue will be merrier and brighter this holiday season with adults now legally allowed to carry their alcoholic beverages in a designated area of the sidewalk, and from bar to bar," reports Emily Hanford-Ostmann.

Bellevue, Kentucky is opening its new entertainment district to public consumption just in time for the traditional post-Thanksgiving parties. In Bellevue's case, there's also an annual Christmas Walk.

"Bellevue joins cities like Hamilton and Milford in creating designated districts where bar and restaurant customers can take a stroll while drinking a beer or cocktail," according to Hanford-Onstmann. Other cities with similarly post-Puritan drinking laws documented by Planetizen over the years include Covington (also notably located on the same side of the river in the same region) as well as cities in Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Alabama.

In Bellevue, as in the other examples, supporters of the idea how to lure visitors to the area, with these public drinking laws amounting to a tool of economic development.

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Published on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 in WCPO
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