Decatur, GA

New district created to allow open container drinks

Gené Hunter
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(ATLANTA, Ga.) Recently named the nation’s best small town beer scene, Avondale Estates is stepping its game up by creating an open container district.

Nestled near the city of Decatur, Avondale Estates now has a designated area for residents and visitors to walk around with a beer, glass of wine or a cocktail in hand.

The district was approved in a unanimous vote by city commission members last week. According to official city documents, the new district is designed to “attract visitors and businesses to the area.”

Residents and visitors can find the district east of Sam’s Crossing, north of North Avondale Road, west of Ashford Place and south of East Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Businesses in the district are allowed to sell beer, wine and cocktails to patrons. The drinks must be served in city-approved 12-ounce cups. The cups are allowed to be carried throughout the district and are limited to one per person.

In March, USA Today recognized Avondale Estates amongst the Best Readers' Choice Awards for the American craft beer scene. The area beat out 19 other small towns including Berlin, Maryland and Hammonton, New Jersey for the award.

"The charming town of Avondale Estates, just east of Decatur, has a small downtown area packed with unique food and beverage offerings. For beer lovers, there's Wild Heaven Beer, The Lost Druid Brewery, The Beer Growler & Pint Haus and (soon) Little Cottage Brewery," USA Today wrote about the city in March.

All four breweries are located in the new district with Little Cottage Brewery being the most recent.

According to the open container ordinance, businesses located outside the district are not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages without applying for a conditional exception through the city.

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