The Bullpen is downtown Durham’s social district, which allows people to purchase alcoholic drinks from ABC permittees in a designated cup and walk around outside within a defined area. The Bullpen went into effect on December 1, 2022.
WHAT IS A SOCIAL DISTRICT?
In September 2021, the North Carolina General Assembly voted that cities and towns in North Carolina could create their own walkable drinking district with open cups of alcoholic beverages: a social district.
A social district is a defined area in which a person may consume an alcoholic beverage sold by an ABC permittee located within the social district.
A social district may include both indoor and outdoor areas of businesses within a defined area during the days and hours set by the local government.
A social district may include privately owned property, including permittees and non-permittee businesses, and multi-tenant establishments, as well as public streets, crosswalks, or parking areas whether the streets or parking areas are closed to vehicle traffic.
The Bullpen operates from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week.