Is it time to allow Downtown Sioux Falls Bars to sell open container?

Across the country this has been common practice for awhile, and with Covid many businesses have been adapting by selling cocktails to go in takeaway orders.

I have advocated for a long time that city ordinance should change, specifically during the summer months, that Downtown bars should be able to sell drinks to go in plastic cups for strolling Downtown strictly.

I don’t think this should be a free for all, but I think it would help out the Downtown hospitality industry in extra sales.

Give me your pros and cons.


#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 05.23.20 at 5:47 pm

Why not turn downtown into one big German Fest that never ends. You would pay an initial entrance fee, but get a big red cup for it, then happy little Germans dressed in lederhosen apparel would run around with pictures of beer to pour for everyone. #PotsdamJealousy

#2 Steve on 05.23.20 at 8:17 pm

Red solo cup song comes to mind. Sounds like fun to me.

#3 D@ily Spin on 05.24.20 at 12:08 pm

People are cheap. They’d bring their own. Problems with under age. Unregulated public intoxication. Outdoor ax throwing!!! Just bring Jazz Fest back to the soccer fields.

#4 "Woodstock" on 05.24.20 at 4:29 pm

“Boy, the Jazz Fest people sure knew which year to take off”… “I wonder if they have a Peking connection?”…

#5 matt johnson on 05.25.20 at 7:27 am

They may not be brought as a cause of action often, but who is responsible for violation of dram shop laws

#6 l3wis on 05.25.20 at 10:47 am

States that do not have dram shop laws include Virginia, South Dakota, Nevada, and Maryland. California has enacted a law specifically prohibiting civil liability of people, bars, and alcohol retailers that serve alcoholic beverages to those that subsequently cause injury or death to others.