What is a Sip & Stroll Area?
Each Sip & Stroll Area (also known as the Arts, Culture and Entertainment - or ACE - District) is a walkable, compact area with a number of restaurants, bars and local shops and businesses. Adults of legal drinking age may carry alcoholic beverages while in public areas within district boundaries.
This came after months of conversation between the Gainesville City Commission, law enforcement and business owners about the most effective way to improve public safety, while continuing to support existing establishments. Many bar and restaurant owners, who initially welcomed the more relaxed open container rules to stay afloat during the pandemic, have come to rely on them as a method of attracting patrons and boosting sales.
Adults of drinking age may drink alcoholic beverages outside within the Sip & Stroll Areas between 8 a.m. and midnight daily. Please note, glass containers are always prohibited. Open containers are not allowed in public parking lots or garages, even if they are in the Sip & Stroll Areas.
Sip & Stroll Boundaries
New Open Container Ordinances Create Sip & Stroll Areas
As of January 1, open container restrictions, which were in place before the pandemic, have returned for most of Gainesville. The new rules prohibit people from drinking or having open containers in most parts of the city. The only exceptions are two newly designated Sip & Stroll Areas (also known as the Arts, Culture and Entertainment - or ACE - Districts). In these areas, visitors are allowed to have open containers on sidewalks, public parks and other public rights of way between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight.