The Republic reported in December on a law called Sip and Stroll. The law allows mall visitors to purchase drinks at bars and restaurants and sip outside to watch live music and walk around. On January 12, the law came into force.
But it doesn’t apply to every mall in the state.
Arizona Revised Law, Section 4-215 states that a shopping mall must have 400,000 square feet of retail space and have a large pedestrian area to qualify. At present, he is the only two metro Phoenix malls that have launched this program.
Which malls in Arizona allow outdoor drinking?
The Desert Ridge Marketplace north of Phoenix started with Copper Blues Live and is now adding five participating bars and restaurants.
Tempe Marketplace also participates in drink and walk arrangements with five businesses approved to serve alcohol outdoors: Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Genghis Grill, Dave & Buster’s, Gen Korean BBQ and Harkins Theater.
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How does Sip and Stroll work?
Visitors can present their ID to purchase a drink and then request a wristband to take the drink home. Drinks are served in cups or bags that do not display the name of the bar.
With wristbands and unlabeled beverages, you are free to roam the outdoor facility and enjoy your beverages.
Note that it’s Sip and Stroll, not Sip and Shop. Beverages are only allowed in the common areas of the mall grounds.
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