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Detroit Lifts Booze Ban on Pedal Pubs

Hold onto your beer helmets

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Pedal pub joy riders in the city of Detroit, ready your beer helmets. At long last, the city has lifted its ban on drinking while aboard multi-passenger pedal pubs. According to Daily Detroit, the bar hopping cycle tours were released from their dry purgatory by the Detroit City Council last week when members amended an ordinance prohibiting drinking on streets and sidewalks to include an exception for “commercial quadricycles.”

The news comes more than year after the state legalized the consumption of alcohol on pedal pubs. With that legislation numerous cycle pubs including The HandleBar, Detroit Cycle Pub, and Michigan Pedaler opened for business (and successfully, if the noisy parties on wheels rolling around downtown are any indication).

However, the state-level legislation did include some caveats. The law prohibits operators from drinking on the job as well as selling or serving alcohol to passengers (In plain words: the pedal pubs are strictly BYOB). Likewise, local governments, including Detroit, were left with the final say on approving the drink-toting joy rides.

The revised city ordinances won’t impact pedal pubs immediately. The Detroit Free Press reports that businesses will have to apply for special licenses through the police department before customers can start bringing their six packs on board.

Pedal Pubs In The City Of Detroit Are Now Able To Serve Alcohol [Daily Detroit]

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