Navigate Tuscaloosa’s Downtown Entertainment District like a Pro

Not every city gives residents and visitors the space to choose their favorite beverage or try a new place while strolling the streets. But not every city knows how to roll like Tuscaloosa.

The City of Tuscaloosa’s weekend downtown entertainment district allows adults of legal drinking age to leave an establishment with their beverage. The DED includes Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre, Government Plaza, Tuscaloosa River Market, and the dozens of restaurants, bars, breweries and taprooms in between.

The Definite Dos to help you navigate your weekend fun:

1.   DO keep the boundaries.

Know which area you can take your to-go beverage around. A city map provides the general outline of the district and street signs designate the area as well.

2.   DO know the time.

The DED is only in effect on Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays noon to 9:30 p.m.

3.   DO carry the right cup.

Make sure your drink is in the City-approved cup before leaving an establishment.

A few don’ts to keep you safe and your evening light:

1. DON’T carry your beverage out of the district or into your vehicle.

2. DON’T leave with any other type of barware or glassware.

3. DON’T’ carry more than one beverage out the door.

Finally, DO take advantage of all the great entertainment, shopping, dining and events that take place in the DED! Attend a concert in Government Plaza, take in First Friday Art Walk or maybe have fun with a progressive dinner at several restaurants.

You can keep up with events taking place downtown by visiting our Events Calendar at