DENVER — The city of Denver is considering allowing common areas for liquor consumption in downtown.
City officials are quick point out it’s not going to become Bourbon Street or Las Vegas.
In the Denver Dairy Block in Lower Downtown, officials believe that is an example of a place where it would work.
Businesses could team up and allow patrons to bring their drinks into a common space, though it would have to be fenced off.
The city would never allow the common drinking space to spill over onto sidewalks or streets.
Other cities such as Aurora, Fort Collins and Greeley have successfully implemented such common areas.
There would be several restrictions and the city will not allow open container or open consumption.
Hundreds of people have told city officials it would be great for community building.
“It allows local businesses to work together and it makes the process a little more seamless,” supporter Tobin Haas said. “Especially a place like this where you want to be able to get a drink and walk around and you’re not confined to the place you got a drink.”
“The limitations for them to stay within the perimeters of the restaurant space, I think we are losing revenue because they are more likely to only close out their tab one time, then have to go to multiple places and close their tabs,” said William Espiricueta, owner of Smok.
“So to have everyone working together, I think it lends value to everyone.”
There will be several public hearings before such areas are implemented by the Denver City Council.