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Sip n' Stroll Downtown

Downtown Social District

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Sip n' Stroll Downtown, Raleigh's social district, allows people to drink beer, wine, or cocktails as they walk through a defined area of downtown Raleigh. 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.

The social district serves as a valuable tool in increasing economic activity and vibrancy of downtown Raleigh.

Sip n' Stroll Downtown went into effect August 15, 2022 and expanded August 15, 2023.

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.

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Days and Hours of Operation

The social district operates seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.








10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 10 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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


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