Entertainment District

There are changes coming to the
riverfront this fall, as Phenix City joins the list of Alabama cities with
designated entertainment districts. An ordinance was recently passed allowing
the area from Broad Street and the Chattahoochee River to 16th Street to the
north and to Dillingham Street to the south to become an entertainment

This means you can openly drink
alcoholic beverages within the designated area, as long as they are purchased
from approved vendors. Currently beverages can be bought from only three
vendors — Chattahoochee Brewing Company, Courtyard Marriott and the concession
area at the Phenix City Amphitheater.

People can buy drinks from those
vendors and then leave — perhaps to stroll along the Phenix City Riverwalk
after a show at the amphitheater — without worrying about breaking open
container laws.

In other communities,
entertainment districts have been a great way to entice new restaurants, pubs
and breweries. Phenix City Council sees potential beyond that. They see it as a
true economic development tool. The district was created because the Phenix
City Council believes it can benefit the city by increasing pedestrian traffic making
the area more attractive to commercial development.

This is an exciting time for the
Phenix City riverfront area. We hope to parlay the success of the summer’s First
Friday Art Walk and Food Truck Festival with the opening of the entertainment

We are looking forward to a fun
fall in Phenix City. Follow us on facebook (facebook.com/visityphenixcity) for
information on upcoming events.

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