Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I'll take that beverage to go

I have a proposal that has probably been proposed before, but I'll go ahead anyway.

I think it's time for Knoxville to seriously begin talking about travelers, and when I say travelers, I'm talking about a disposable cup full of the beverage of your choice which you can take from bar to bar.

The first time I experienced the beauty of the traveler, I was in Savannah, Georgia. The architecture, the Spanish moss, and the overall quaintness of the town was enough, but then, while at a bar, my friend suggested we buy a beer to go. My mind was blown. It was magical.

Some of my favorite memories are of popping open a bottle of wine next to an outdoor fountain with friends in a different country. It would be so nice to do the same here.

This is exactly what it would feel like!

Today, I live next door to a guy that moved here from New Orleans, so we've been talking about it more because they have open container laws there. I'm not suggesting Knoxville try to be another city. All I'm really saying is that I want to walk outside with a beer in Market Square on non-festival days.

We are traditionally a conservative city, I know, but an open container doesn't have to mean public intoxication. We have police to regulate that. I think it could mean more business downtown, however, which would be a great thing.

So my proposal is that we get this going in Market Square and see how it goes. You say we need cleaner air and to take care of the homeless? Of course! But might I also add to the list that we need more beverages under the sun.


Jennie said...

I think that is a great idea! Even if they just started it at certain times to test the response to it and then extend it. And not during festivals/concerts. Just during a regular day. =)

Andrea said...

I also love this idea!

Unknown said...

I am extremely ambivalent. Is that an oxymoron?

Hubie said...

Free the oppressed beer! Do it for the kids.

The Writer said...

My fiance and I are going to Savannah on our honeymoon in July, so we will definately have to take advantage of this!

Anonymous said...

I hate to say never say never, but that proposal will never happen in this city unless we go through a major renaissance.

Bars are punished for selling alcohol by a 22% liqour by the drink tax, or what's better known as the SIN tax. I'd rather see that taken away from me :)

Anonymous said...

Regardless of everyone's best intentions, such a thing *would* promote increased drinking and driving, among people who visit downtown by automobile.

Sometimes that one last cocktail or glass of beer is what gets you into trouble, and being able to buy one 'to go' makes it a little easier to have one too many.

Anonymous said...

I too would love to grab a Blue Moon to-go but I have to agree with the ney-sayers: it will never happen in K-Town. There is already a precedent set by Tennessee courts that disregards personal responsibility when driving while intoxicated and no business would risk being caught liable for offering to-go cups.