NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The State Senate is set to vote on a bill Tuesday that would allow people to drink alcoholic beverages in a certain area of downtown Nashville.
The State House passed the bill Monday. It would allow people to carry and drink from “to-go” cups of beer and liquor on Fifth Avenue between Demonbreun Street and Korean Veterans Boulevard.
If the bill passes it could bring more conventions to Nashville because visitors would be able to travel from the Music City Center, The Omni Hotel and The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum without having to discard their drinks.
Steve Smith and Al Ross, the owners of Tootsies, Honky Tonk Central and Rippy’s, called the legislation “a good start.” In fact, they would like for it to include businesses on Broadway because they think it will encourage tourism, which boosts their bottom line.
Lawmakers have tried to pass different versions of this bill over the years, including different areas of downtown, to make Nashville similar to Beale Street in Memphis or Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
If the senate passes the bill it would then go to Governor Haslam for approval.