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    Aruba Alcohol Education

    Okay...so for starters...Hi...my name is Lee...and I like to drink on vacation. That stated, I try to be a respectful drinker and 'follow the rules'. My girlfriend does not drink so (conveniently) is happy to be my designated driver should I want to have a beer (or four) on the beach. So, a couple of questions...

    1) What is the 'open container' policy in Aruba? Can I walk the sidewalk or sit at the beach with an open can (not glass) of beer?

    2) As a passenger in a rental car, can I be sipping on a glass of wine without fear of heading to the Big House?

    3) If at a restaurant or bar, can I ask for a 'to go' cup for an unfinished drink?

    Not meaning to sound like alcohol is of pinnacle importance but just trying to figure out what is acceptable.

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    1. YES

    2. NO

    3. I have no clue about removing a drink from a restaurant. However, I have removed a drink from the Pata Pata bar at LaCabana and brought it into the Las Ramblas outdoor restaurant @ laCabana. I have removed a drink from the Bugaloe and have gone sat under the umbrella poolside at the hilton (then the radisson)


    Quote Originally Posted by Animal Rescuer View Post
    Okay...so for starters...Hi...my name is Lee...and I like to drink on vacation. That stated, I try to be a respectful drinker and 'follow the rules'. My girlfriend does not drink so (conveniently) is happy to be my designated driver should I want to have a beer (or four) on the beach. So, a couple of questions...

    1) What is the 'open container' policy in Aruba? Can I walk the sidewalk or sit at the beach with an open can (not glass) of beer?

    2) As a passenger in a rental car, can I be sipping on a glass of wine without fear of heading to the Big House?

    3) If at a restaurant or bar, can I ask for a 'to go' cup for an unfinished drink?

    Not meaning to sound like alcohol is of pinnacle importance but just trying to figure out what is acceptable.

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    1) Yes.
    2) Given that you're rarely ten minutes drive to anywhere, it's probably best not to bring a road pop. The police are getting more stringent about alcohol and driving (and, I'm assuming, having open booze in the car).
    3) I do know that restaurants allow you to take unfinished bottles of wine but doubt they'll offer up a sippy cup for half a vodka/tonic. CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I have no clue about removing a drink from a restaurant. However, I have removed a drink from the Pata Pata bar at LaCabana and brought it into the Las Ramblas outdoor restaurant @ laCabana. I have removed a drink from the Bugaloe and have gone sat under the umbrella poolside at the hilton (then the radisson)
    Pretty sure I speak for everyone when I ask this question: in any of those instances, was it you that was being removed from the bar and you just gripped your sippy cup with all your might?

    Heh. United Airlines!

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    shhhhh. that was my little secret.

    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Pretty sure I speak for everyone when I ask this question: in any of those instances, was it you that was being removed from the bar and you just gripped your sippy cup with all your might?

    Heh. United Airlines!

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    LOL...I must admit it is a VERY rare occasion that I can't chug a drink and need to take it with me. One of many lessons learned during my college days.

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    There's a wealth of things I could say about ...... ahhhhh never mind....!

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    I can't attest to the legality of it, but I know we've been given drinks in to-go cups from restaurants. Further, I usually take a drink out when leaving a casino, most of them usually have plastic glasses by the door for this purpose. We've never gotten in trouble for it... knock wood.

    Pretty much I roam around Aruba like I'd imagine Dean Martin roamed around Las Vegas...

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    And, you mentioned "not glass". We see people drinking from beer bottles on the beach all the time. We have a cooler with bottled beer at our palapa, but if walking around, we poor it in red solo cups, which by the way have become somewhat of a souvenir item at different places. They are made of the hard plastic and places stamp their logos on them.

    We were told it's acceptable on the beach: Glass around the pool area is a no-no because it can break if dropped on the pool deck; however, if dropped on the sand, it is less likely to break.

    So many bars along the beach that serve food, sell alcohol to those strolling by and they take their drinks to go. Does this differ from an inland restaurant????








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    I wouldn't suggest driving with an open container on principle, but I don't really know the law on this. As far as the bars on Palm Beach, most have no issues giving you a to go cup for your drink. Since you have a designated driver, may I suggest a trip to Moomba beach bar on Palm Beach between the Marriott Surf Club and the Holiday Inn? Sunday nights the locals are out in force and it is a fun time with good music and drinks. http://www.moombabeach.com/

    Alcohol Ed 201: Many of the bars have really good happy hours throughout the day. Most free pour their drinks and they are pretty strong. The local beer is Balashi, made right on the island. Prices can vary between a couple of bucks to 6 or 7 and they come in a smaller than 12 ounce bottle. Imports, including Bud, Miller and Coors products are imported to the island and will reflect the higher import price. Although I like the taste of Balashi, I think a mixed drink or "frozen" special with an umbrella is the better buy.

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