Downtown Garner Social District

The Downtown Social District, Garner’s pilot social district, will allow people to drink beer, wine, or cocktails as they walk through a defined area of downtown Garner. Social districts have been implemented in various towns and cities across the state since the North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation in 2021 allowing municipalities to designate areas where alcoholic beverages can be purchased from a licensed ABC permittee, and then taken outdoors.

It is anticipated that the social district will be a valuable tool in increasing economic activity and vibrancy of downtown Garner.

What is a social district?

 

A social district is a defined area where alcoholic beverages, sold by an establishment licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption, may be consumed.

Proposed Social District Boundaries

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Days and Hours of Operation

The proposed days and hours which alcoholic beverages may be consumed within the Downtown Social District are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., and Sunday between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
12PM-5PM 12PM-10PM 12PM-10PM 12PM-10PM 12PM-10PM 12PM-10PM 12PM-10PM

Participation in the social district by a special event is at the discretion of the special event permit holder.

 

Town Property and the Social District

It shall be unlawful for any person to possess an open container of malt beverages or unfortified wine on any property owned, occupied, or controlled by the Town (including parking facilities) unless that property has been designated by the Town as eligible for the consumption of alcohol under the rules of the social district and applicable State law.  Any Town properties designated as eligible will be signed accordingly.

Social District Requirements

The social district must meet the following requirements under North Carolina law:
  • An alcoholic beverage purchased for consumption in the social district must:
    • be consumed in the social district.
    • be disposed of before exiting the social district unless entering a business within the social district that allows alcoholic beverages to be brought inside the business.
ABC Permittee Requirements -A permittee located and selling alcoholic beverages within the social district must meet the following requirements under North Carolina law:
  • only sell and serve alcoholic beverages on its licensed premises.
  • only sell alcoholic beverages for consumption in a container that meets all of the following requirements:
    • The container clearly identifies the permittee from which the alcoholic beverage was purchased.
    • The container clearly displays a logo or some other mark that is unique to the social district in which it will be consumed.
    • The container is not comprised of glass.
    • The container displays, in no less than 12-point font, the statement, “Drink Responsibly – Be 21.”
    • The container shall not hold more than 16 fluid ounces.
Patron Requirements  The possession and consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a social district is subject to all of the following requirements of North Carolina law:
  • Only alcoholic beverages purchased from a permittee located in the social district may be possessed and consumed.
  • Alcoholic beverages must:
    • only be in designated social district containers.
    • only be possessed and consumed during the days and hours set by the Town:
      • Monday through Friday between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., and Sunday between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • A single patron cannot be sold or delivered alcoholic beverage drinks in excess of:
    • Not more than two alcoholic beverage drinks at one time if any of the following are beer or wine:
    • Not more than one alcoholic beverage at one time if an alcoholic beverage drink contains liquor.
  • A person must dispose of any alcoholic beverage before exiting the social district unless entering a business within the social district that allows alcoholic beverages to be brought inside the business.