In Defense of Public Drinking

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  1. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,483) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I drink in public on the reg. My neighborhood owns the road so there is no public property and I can drink a beer and walk my dog and nobody blinks an eye. My neighbor across the street is a cop. The county I work in also doesn't have open container laws so there's that too :slight_smile:

    I feel like the same people who look down on public drinking also watch their kids overdose on drugs. Because they never taught them anything.
     
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  2. Warwick7

    Warwick7 Initiate (81) May 25, 2019 Maryland

    Just use a ceramic or metal cup.
     
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  3. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,416) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Thanks I’ll check out them out.
     
  4. RyanK252

    RyanK252 Poo-Bah (3,187) May 18, 2014 California
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    Can confirm. Summit beers are the best!
     
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  5. Reef

    Reef Crusader (779) Dec 2, 2016 South Carolina
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    The home brewers in my neighborhood close down a street for a DIY pot luck Oktoberfest on a Saturday evening. We are grateful for @herrburgess ' events, as well.
     
  6. Warwick7

    Warwick7 Initiate (81) May 25, 2019 Maryland

    I am the same way when I go to the park or a nature area, Ale goes great with it. I have had times where I said no I shouldnt do it, its such stupid thing to get caught for but unless you get seen pouring it in your cup i dont see how this law is enforcable. Even if you get caught its just a fine that doesnt show on your on your record or atleast I think thats the case in Maryland.


    This law coddles young people and punishes them simultaneously. It forces them to drink and drive unless they have a bar in walking distance or they got a DD or cab. Where i am sure you are more likely to drink more. I want to do the right thing, but punished for drinking in a park or walking down the street with no signs off ill conduct? Thats way to far.
     
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  7. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Defender (672) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    I really enjoyed legal public drinking in NYC in the eighties and nineties. The only stipulation was it needed to be in brown bag. Hence the "brown bag law"-
     
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  8. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (216) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    "Brown Bagging it" was always a good time in my college days, whether it was legal or not (it definitely was not)
     
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  9. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Defender (672) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    I would not be surprised if we were at some of the same shows-
     
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  10. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Defender (672) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    I don't know what year you went to college. I lived in NYC for a long time and it was most definitely legal if not fully condoned- Did it hundreds of times in plain view of the police-
     
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  11. AWA

    AWA Disciple (317) Jul 22, 2014 California

    My town is fairly accepting of public drinking, as long as you aren't a jackass about it. I openly walk my dog with a beer almost everyday, and say hi to any cops I see. But if I was being loud or littered said beer can or bottle, they'd ticket me at the very least immediately. It works well, and people hardly ever cause any issue.
     
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  12. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,371) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    This seems to be the norm most places. If you're being a normal and calm human person, no one is really trippin about what you are drinking. I think most often the open intox/public intoxication laws are just used to add some baggage onto a general 'disorderly conduct' type scenario or if you've got a real problem with the cops
     
  13. AWA

    AWA Disciple (317) Jul 22, 2014 California

    Absolutely. Although our police will come down on tourist like a brick from hell, but only with a ticket. It's really more of a tourist tax than law enforcement.
     
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  14. Warwick7

    Warwick7 Initiate (81) May 25, 2019 Maryland

    id love to know if thats the case in my town but i dont want to find out he hard way
     
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  15. AWA

    AWA Disciple (317) Jul 22, 2014 California

    Just go for it. By the 4th of 5th beer it will seem like a great idea.
     
  16. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,534) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I wonder how many times someone has taken this advice before executing what turned out to be a really bad idea.
     
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  17. AWA

    AWA Disciple (317) Jul 22, 2014 California

    Really bad is relative.
     
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  18. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,534) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I was speaking generally.

    Drinking in public isn't a bad idea at all. Hell, as I said before, I doubt a cop would even recognize a craft beer as a beer anyways, looks more like an energy drink.
     
  19. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,539) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Often preceded with the statement of "Let me show you something!".:astonished:

    Cheers!
     
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  20. GunNut37086

    GunNut37086 Initiate (40) Apr 5, 2019 Tennessee

    Where I'm from, it's hard to go swimming w/out some jacka$$ pi$$ing in the pool.

    I'd love to be able to walk around town and socialize while having a beer or 2. I'm not so optimistic many here could do so w/out being rowdy, obnoxious, and belligerent even before they cross the line from drinking in public to drunk in public.
     
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  21. AWA

    AWA Disciple (317) Jul 22, 2014 California

    This thread really got me thinking. Aside from work, I don't think I've left the house without a beer in my hand for the last week. So to the OP, thanks. Sometimes I forget how sweet life is.
     
  22. TheInsomniac

    TheInsomniac Initiate (67) Jan 11, 2015 New Mexico

    Not anymore. Frenchman has almost been completely gentrified. The best beer bar/club is the Quarter is there (DBA - great selection, but not always fresh). The best beer store is there, too. And one of the best restaurants, Dat Dog, has an outpost.

    But these days, especially for holidays, Frechnman is very heavy with tourists. And gutter punks.
     
  23. TheInsomniac

    TheInsomniac Initiate (67) Jan 11, 2015 New Mexico

    I ate nothing but po boys at every meal for a solid week once to try to find the best po boy in town. Parkway's roast beef is solid, but it was only a top five for me. Parasol's has the best roast beef, bar none. And my friends who I have taken to try them have all agreed that Parasol's is better than Parkway. And their firecracker shrimp is bar none for a shrimp po boy if you like spice.

    Unfortunately, news is that they're about to lose their liquor license.
     
  24. Spaten454

    Spaten454 Disciple (378) Aug 23, 2012 Texas
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    Lol dat dog is one of the best restaurants. Everyone has different likes. I say parkway, someone else says Mahoney's, r&o, domilise, the corner store, etc etc. Or a muff
     
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  25. TheInsomniac

    TheInsomniac Initiate (67) Jan 11, 2015 New Mexico

    None are as good as Parasol's. Domilise's is just plain. Mahony's is tasty, but they're not so traditional. R&Os? Bleh. I never had anything in Metairie that was within spitting distance of the same from the city.

    The last time my friend visited me we hit Parasol's for her first dinner (it was the third time she visited us, so it was her request). And then we stopped back by on the way out of town so she could take some to go to eat on the plane. That's commitment right there.
     
  26. Spaten454

    Spaten454 Disciple (378) Aug 23, 2012 Texas
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    Haha I get it, you like Parasol's poboys.
     
  27. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (510) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    As I have tried to remind fellow BAs, let's not paint all Christians/Churches/Denominations with the same broad brush.

    Generally, with a few exceptions, it is the British-based denominations that are against the consumption of alcohol: Baptists, Methodists and, yes, Puritans.

    The European continental churches, e.g. Catholics, Lutherans and their spinoffs have never been opposed to drinking alcohol.
     
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  28. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,371) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I am speaking to the general attitude of American churches
     
  29. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Meyvn (1,296) Aug 16, 2009 New Jersey
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    Beer gardens, large open beer halls and outdoor beer patios are amazing. They're also few and far between in most places.

    I think part of the problem is America's conservative nature compared to European nations (not a political statement just a fact). Beer with lunch in Europe is like coffee with breakfast. Beer with lunch here makes you a lush.

    Some people will find a way to ruin anything.
     
  30. TheInsomniac

    TheInsomniac Initiate (67) Jan 11, 2015 New Mexico

    In parts of Southern Germany the traditional breakfast is a sausage (weisswurst), a pretzel, and a beer. It's not uncommon to see an old lady having it at a local spot at 10am.
     
  31. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Meyvn (1,296) Aug 16, 2009 New Jersey
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    I'm a huge fan of a Hefe, weisswurst and pretzel. I'm not German I just know good traditions
     
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  32. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,534) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Had this at the Frankfurt airport in the morning before hopping on my flight.
     
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  33. Dandrewjohn

    Dandrewjohn Initiate (136) Apr 13, 2013 Texas

    A couple of points: America has a long history of traditionally being a puritanical society. If you compare some of the things that are socially acceptable in Western Europe with our values you can see the difference. Public drinking is one of numerous examples. Second, some individuals become assholes when they imbibe. This discourages freedom for the rest of us.
     
  34. TheInsomniac

    TheInsomniac Initiate (67) Jan 11, 2015 New Mexico

    Maybe they become assholes because our puritanical society doesn't teach people to have a healthy relationship with alcohol. Or, for those who absolutely can't do that, provide effective, medical and research-backed approaches for helping them.
     
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  35. Kanger

    Kanger Zealot (521) Sep 3, 2013 New York

    I love going to Tokyo, stopping by the Family Mart, grabbing a sandwich and a couple beers, heading to the park and enjoying life without the fear of getting an open container/public drinking ticket.
     
  36. rex_4539

    rex_4539 Poo-Bah (2,150) Dec 20, 2014 Greece
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    I live in Greece where public drinking is allowed and feel blessed.

    I have lived for a few years in Los Angeles and it was super weird regarding that matter.

    Public drinking is absolutely fine, in moderation. I have seen cases of extreme public intoxication of (mostly) tourists during the summer months but generally the Greek society has been embracing public drinking since forever.

    Come on US, you can do this!
     
  37. tokyo_sandblaster

    tokyo_sandblaster Initiate (40) Mar 2, 2019 Georgia
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    Grew up in Wisconsin during that time too. Which meant I was going out to the bars at 16.:wink:
     
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  38. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,416) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Other than New Orleans I haven’t been anywhere where it was ok.
     
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  39. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,429) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    It's ok, which is to say legal, in other parts of Louisiana as well.
     
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  40. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (7,713) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Same here, the bartender in my usual place was a bit put out when I asked for a birthday drink on my 18th birthday - because I had been a regular there for two years. When I was 16 I was working on a community play and we'd go out for drinks after practice. One of the actors was one of my high school teachers and we'd both roll into class the next day hung over.
     
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