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Drinking Laws in Las Vegas

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Drinking Laws in Las Vegas
It’s a given that most people come to Vegas to party, even if they are technically there for a wedding or perhaps a fuzzy mascot convention. After gambling, drinking alcohol comes in second as a definitive part of Las Vegas life and entertainment. Despite the notably easy access to alcohol, there are a few rules to observe to make sure you don’t come home with an arrest record instead of just a hangover and an empty wallet. Here are the important things to know about drinking in Sin City:

1. Drinking Age
You must be 21 or over to drink and/or gamble in Vegas. No exceptions. If you are underage, you will not even be allowed on the casino gambling floor or anywhere in the casino that does not serve food. Make no mistake; underage drinkers will be arrested. It doesn’t even matter that you brought your nanny or that you are a child star. Stick to your soda pop.

2. Drinks on the Street
Yes, you can take your drink outside. This is not to say that you can sit on the street and drink all day, and there are some rules to remember. You are not allowed to drink within 1000 feet of a school, church, synagogue, homeless shelter or drug withdrawal treatment center. The good news is that you won’t find many of those establishments on the Strip–wedding chapels don’t count as places of worship.

3. Open Containers
If your cocktail was a prepackaged drink purchased from a store, you need to keep it closed until you are 1000 feet from the store. You cannot buy a beer and then crack it open on the street. Also, it is now illegal to carry a glass container or aluminum can of alcohol on the Strip.
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4. In the Car

Just like almost everywhere else, drinking and driving is against the law (.08 is the limit) in Las Vegas. Moreover, having an open alcohol container in a car, on public transportation or in taxi is illegal.

The exceptions are the so-called “party bus” or a private limo. If you want to see all of Vegas with a drink in your hand, make sure to book a private “club crawl” service to avoid accidentally running afoul of the law.

Although Las Vegas is the most famous tourist destination in Nevada’s Clark County, those who are staying in the county’s outlying towns such as Henderson or Mesquite should check with their hotel to find out what the local rules are for drinking. Overall, just be safe out there!

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