Drink-friendly ‘social districts’ are spreading across North Carolina, but is the idea right for Chapel Hill?

Restaurant and bar patrons in parts of Raleigh can order their alcoholic beverages to go, thanks to a pilot project that allows customers to continue to drink as they walk along nearby streets. (Sophie Mallinson / Carolina Connection)


Several cities in North Carolina are trying a new way to lure people back to restaurants and bars after the pandemic. They’re called “social drinking districts,” and they allow customers to legally stroll around the streets while drinking alcohol. But as the trend becomes more popular, some health experts are growing concerned.

Sophie Mallinson has the story.


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