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Open Container
« on: August 26, 2015, 03:38:37 PM »
I have a few friends who have been attending Dragon*Con pretty religiously the last few years, and have given me a lot of good advice.  They've mentioned the drinking/party aspect of it, but the one thing they haven't been able to tell me is the clear cut rules for open container.

Are we allowed to walk around the hotel with open container?  Between hotels?  Is it best to conceal?  Are there any official rules or guidelines to go by?

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Re: Open Container
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2015, 03:52:15 PM »
I have a few friends who have been attending Dragon*Con pretty religiously the last few years, and have given me a lot of good advice.  They've mentioned the drinking/party aspect of it, but the one thing they haven't been able to tell me is the clear cut rules for open container.

Are we allowed to walk around the hotel with open container?  Between hotels?  Is it best to conceal?  Are there any official rules or guidelines to go by?

I think the first and most important rule is NOT to take open containers on the street. Most people walking around do do so openly, many are clever though in their drinks, they will have canteens or create their own gatorade cocktail (to both dehydrate and rehydrate). Even cooler few work their drinks into their costumes..."why did you screw open your gun?" "OoooooooooooH"
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Re: Open Container
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2015, 04:13:52 PM »
inside the hotel is fine. (after all, the hotels sell booze by the tank car over DC weekend.) outside... well, a cop once told me that ATL does have an open container law (i.e., don't carry them) but that if you don't flaunt it and don't act like a jerk, and just go from here to there, you should be fine. (i was crossing the street from one hotel to the next, not rambling around.) FWIW. YMMV.  as DC says, "we don't post bail."  ;)
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Re: Open Container
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2015, 05:50:21 PM »
I ordered us some nice nerdy hip flasks, easy to carry that booze somewhat stealthily

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Re: Open Container
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2015, 06:41:44 PM »
I have been told by security both on the Hyatt stairs from the pool to the street and from the Marriott in the motor lobby to finish or throw out my drink.  But it was an obvious drink glass from the bars.

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Re: Open Container
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2015, 07:21:47 PM »
I have been told by security both on the Hyatt stairs from the pool to the street and from the Marriott in the motor lobby to finish or throw out my drink.  But it was an obvious drink glass from the bars.

It's mainly glass and the fact you're close to the street where Police will get you ><
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Re: Open Container
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2015, 07:23:55 PM »
I walked around with a water bottle of drink all weekend. Didn't have a problem.

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Re: Open Container
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2015, 08:35:35 PM »
I walked around with a water bottle of drink all weekend. Didn't have a problem.

Agreed, I've had drinks in bottles that look normal and no one checked them, i just mention the obvious container will be stopped as a warning.  My only hope is that I can serve as a warning to others... as I do in most things in life...

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Re: Open Container
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2015, 08:36:28 PM »
We always try to be discreet but that being said we have always had a drink on us during the con. We use hip flask mostly. I have been stopped and told by security that I couldn't leave the hotel with my drink and every time I have just walked out another door.
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Re: Open Container
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2015, 09:26:00 PM »
I walked around with a water bottle of drink all weekend. Didn't have a problem.

Agreed, I've had drinks in bottles that look normal and no one checked them, i just mention the obvious container will be stopped as a warning.  My only hope is that I can serve as a warning to others... as I do in most things in life...

Yeah - I would be the person to get caught with something obvious.... *sigh*

Re: Open Container
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2015, 01:31:26 AM »
It's pretty unlikely the hotels are going to make a big deal out of it. They're in the hospitality business. They don't make money by harassing people with open containers of liquor, they make money by selling the stuff. That said, if someone is being especially disruptive (fighting, stalking, etc) in a very public area like a lobby, they'll likely find themselves talking with management or the police. With all the activity and noise though, it'd take a lot to get in any real trouble. If you want to be super safe, just get a discreet container for your drink, but I've never found it necessary.

Anecdote time: Last year I brought a bottle of champagne from the Hyatt over to the Hilton and then proceeded to openly drink and wander about the pool area with my group. No one from law enforcement or security cared in the least. It was pretty obvious that they didn't mind unless someone was doing something they obviously weren't supposed to.

Of course, all of the above rules go out the window as soon as you venture outside and hit the street. Unless you're in the French Quarter, most police will take a dim view of drinking on the street.

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Re: Open Container
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2015, 12:57:29 PM »
Like others imply above, why waive a flag looking for trouble?  Just be stealthy about it and you will be ok.
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Re: Open Container
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2015, 04:47:14 PM »
My go-to move (when in doubt) is buying a reusable Starbucks cup (usually $1.00) and put the booze in that. 

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Re: Open Container
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2015, 05:33:06 PM »
My go-to move (when in doubt) is buying a reusable Starbucks cup (usually $1.00) and put the booze in that.

Good idea! A lot of people use Gatorade bottles too- since it's hard to tell the difference.