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Cheers! You can now walk around with an alcoholic beverage legally in Lawrenceville

City approves open container ordinance in Downtown Lawrenceville.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Lawrenceville joins a small of list of cities rewriting their guidelines to open-container drinking laws. 

Visitors and residents can now freely walk around the downtown area with a beer, wine or liquor beverage, in-hand. 

However, there are a few rules to remember when doing so, to remain compliant with all local laws:

  • Drinks must be in clear plastic cups of 16 oz. or less.
  • Drinks must be purchased from a licensed establishment in Downtown Lawrenceville.
  • Open container only permitted on sidewalks and walkable areas of the Downtown District (Depot Area, Square & Lawrenceville Lawn)
  • Drinking and driving, as well as an open container inside any vehicle, is prohibited at all times, so please drink responsibly.
Credit: The City of Lawrenceville

Lisa Sherman, the chief communication officer for Lawrenceville, says the city wanted to enhance the downtown experience. 

"We have a lot to offer downtown, and we want everyone to come visit," she said. "Now visitors can enjoy dinner, take their drink to go and enjoy a show at the Aurora Theatre or do some shopping while enjoying a drink of their choice."

Sherman says that the ordinance is in its soft opening right now, but that the city plans to unveil more marketing information soon. 

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