Las Vegas is known as the entertainment capitol of the world with gambling being the number one attraction. Followed by the reason many wind up here for their 21st birthday, drinking. Famous for lax alcohol rules & around the clock parties, the city draws millions of visitors each year eager to drink in public without the fear of arrest. It’s the pastime that helps create some of those amazing “Vegas Stories” that no one ever forgets. But it’s not everything goes as you might think. Here are a few things you need to know about drinking in Vegas.
- The drinking age in Las Vegas is 21 and up.
- Carrying an open container of alcohol and consuming it in public is legal in the city of Las Vegas & unincorporated Clark County, which includes the famous Las Vegas Strip. However, being drunk in public is a different story.
- Interesting side note, the Strip isn’t actually in Las Vegas. It falls within the boundaries of Paradise, which also includes UNLV & McCarran International Airport.
- Drinking isn’t allowed within 1,000 feet of a church, synagogue, public or private school, hospital, withdrawal management facility or homeless shelter.
- If liquor was purchased in a closed container, it may not be consumed on the premises, or within 1,000 feet of the store where it was bought.
- It is illegal to carry glass beverage containers on the Strip. Plastic cups and containers are allowed.
- Nevada state law prohibits all open containers in vehicles. So if you have a drink and you need to catch a cab to the next spot make sure to toss the drink before getting in.
- Unlike many states, bars here are free to stay open 24 hours a day and sell you a drink. Las Vegas’ convenience stores, supermarkets and liquor stores can also sell packaged alcohol at anytime.
Now that you know the rules, drink, be merry & stay safe!
Don’t forget if you’re looking for a place to enjoy your libations, Vegas Girls Night Out offers a variety of open bars. We also offer limo services & you can even drink in the limo on the way to your destination.