Guide to Laws About Alcohol in San Francisco
Most of the laws about buying, selling, or drinking alcohol are made and enforced at the state level. See our Guide to Alcohol Laws in California.
Is it illegal to drink alcohol in public in San Francisco?
Yes, it is illegal to “consume any alcoholic beverage in any quantity on any public street, avenue, sidewalk, stairway, alley, or thoroughfare.” It is also illegal to “consume any alcoholic beverage within 15 feet of any public way or thoroughfare while on a private stairway, doorway, or other private property open to public view without the express or implied permission of the owner.”1San Francisco Police Code Sec 21
The penalty is an “infraction,” with a fine of between $25-$100.
Is it illegal to drink alcohol in the park in San Francisco?
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