How It Works

Follow these simple rules and you’re well on your way to enjoying the Central Commons Refreshment Area safely and in accordance with state and local laws.

BYOB: Bring BUY your own beverage

All alcoholic beverages must be served in a designated Central Commons Refreshment Area container and purchased from one of our approved, participating businesses within the Central Commons.

Respect Boundaries

Know where to drink – check the map below to make sure you’re familiar with the boundaries and participating businesses. And, when you’re downtown, be on the lookout! Participating businesses will display window decals, and QR codes posted throughout the district will point you to more information.

Stay loyal to your logo

You may not take drinks served at one location into another bar or restaurant, or onto their patio space.

Some non-alcohol serving businesses located within the boundary may choose to allow you to enter their establishment with drinks – check for signage or ask if you’re uncertain.

Last call

The Central Commons Refreshment Area operates seven days a week:

Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Drink it neat

Recycle or dispose of your cup properly.

Keep it classy

Please treat others and businesses within our community with respect, and drink responsibly. All State of Michigan and City of Kalamazoo laws apply, including those prohibiting public intoxication, impaired driving, and serving alcohol to minors.

Sip and enjoy

Last but not least… have fun!

Downtown Kalamazoo prepares for a summer outdoors

The Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership has been busy preparing for a 2021 summer season filled with endless activities outdoors, including outdoor markets, live music, community art, exercise classes and “walktails” in our Central Commons Refreshment Area. The Partnership is working to ensure all events and programming follow CDC COVID-19 guidelines and state mandates, as well as take into consideration the ability for the community to enjoy events safely and comfortably.

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