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Where can you legally drink alcohol in public in Colorado?
Where can you legally drink alcohol in public in Colorado?

Hot summer days and ice-cold drinks go together. But if you’re out and about and consume alcohol, you have to follow the rules where this is allowed.

It may be refreshing to open a cold can while camping, paddling or kayaking, but the state of Colorado has restrictions on drinking alcohol in public.

In city and state parks in Colorado, it is legal to consume alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of 3.2 percent or less. Unfortunately, there are very few alcoholic beverages with such a low alcohol content.

In Denver’s parks, beer, wine and champagne are allowed on site as long as they are not in glass bottles.Only some wine spritzers and light beers may be consumed in public spaces without a permit.

Throughout Colorado, it is usually illegal to walk around with open containers of alcohol. However, local authorities can license and regulate public consumption areas called “entertainment districts.” In an entertainment district, people can walk around with open containers of alcohol and are not required to empty them when they leave a particular bar or tavern.

Public consumption areas have become particularly popular in Colorado during the pandemic. The law allows the consumption of alcohol outside of licensed establishments. Examples of such areas include outdoor bar patios, but also any area on the seller’s property. Public consumption is sometimes allowed in certain areas of parks and other licensed areas.

Kelsey Nistel, TSM/Unsplash/Canva

Kelsey Nistel, TSM/Unsplash/Canva

Currently, Colorado does not have any “open consumption areas” where people can freely walk around and drink. Places like Las Vegas, Nevada and New Orleans, Louisiana are examples of “open consumption areas.”

Depending on where in Colorado you are caught walking and drinking or with an open container, the police may issue you a ticket and a small fine.

By Everly