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Social District of Sylva

A Social District is an exception to NC's open container law.  The Town of Sylva has designated the Social District of Sylva allow citizens to enjoy alcoholic beverages served by certain permit holders in a specific Social District Cup throughout its downtown area.   The hours permitted are Monday-Saturdays 8am - 9pm, and Sundays 10am-9pm.


How It Works


  • Drinks must be consumed from the official Social District of Sylva cup received at drink purchase.

  • ​Visitors may stroll with their beverages within the Social District of Sylva only Monday-Saturdays 8am - 9pm, and Sundays 10am-9pm.

  • ​Check to see if a retailer allows Social District of Sylva drinks before entering the establishment. Look for the Social District of Sylva sign at the door.

  • ​Your cup must be empty before entering another bar or restaurant that serves alcohol.



(Purchase Social District of Sylva drinks at these locations)





  • Alcoholic beverages may be consumed in the Social District from 8 AM to 9 PM on Monday-Saturdays 8am - 9pm, and Sundays 10am-9pm.

  • No outside alcohol is permitted within the district. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased from establishments located within or contiguous to the district (in specially labeled cups) and must be consumed within the District.

  • Upon leaving an establishment where an alcoholic beverage is purchased, the beverage must be consumed or discarded before entering a different business that serves alcohol.

  • All alcohol in open containers must be disposed of before exiting the District or entering a vehicle.

Map of the Social District







What is a Social District?

On September 8, 2021, Session Law 2021-150 was ratified, allowing local governments to establish “Social Districts" within their jurisdictions. These Social Districts allow for common areas where licensed establishments (e.g., bars, breweries, restaurants) may sell alcoholic beverages in designated containers to be taken into the common area for consumption.

Enforcement and Reporting

Town of Sylva Police Officers will enforce the requirements of the Social District of Sylva.  To report potential violations, please call the Sylva Police Department at (828) 586-2916 or the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Division (1-877-ALE-AGENT).

Social District Plan & Town Ordinance

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The Social District of Sylva Boundary includes:

Main Street, Mill Street, Bridge Park


Boundary Lines: Scott's Creek to East Jackson Street, Nantahala Brewing to Innovation Brewing

The Boundary Excludes:

Churches, Government Buildings, Public Parking Lots, Schulman Street, and Evalina Street.


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