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Can I drink alcohol on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Nov 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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It is now unlawful to drink from glass on the Las Vegas Strip.

Yes, as long as it is out of paper, plastic, or aluminum. And even drinking out of aluminum is banned on New Year's and Fourth of July on the Strip. Both glass and aluminum are banned from the Fremont Street Experience year round.

Clark County commissioners recently passed a ban of glass bottles and containers from Strip sidewalks. People can walk the Strip with closed glass bottles of alcohol as long as they are in a stapled bag with the receipts attached. So people can still drink out of glass in the casinos, but they need to get rid of the glasses once they venture outside onto the Strip sidewalks.

Having an open glass container on the Strip is a misdemeanor in Nevada. Penalties typically include:

  • $250 in fines, and/or
  • 30 days in jail

Note that Nevada judges usually impose only fines and no jail for a first offense of drinking out of a glass on the Strip. For more information, see our article on Nevada "open container" laws.

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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