Just to be sure, can you drink alcohol in public places (namely parks) in Paris? Forgive me if this is a silly question!
I'm almost sure you can, why on earth would it be forbidden?
I remember reading recently, that nowadays you theoretically need to cover the bottle. But generally, I don't think you'll have to worry too much (as long as you don't misbehave). A picknick with wine is nothing unusual in France.
Becouse here in the the US there is a law called open container. Which means you can not have open alcoholic beverages in many public places such as the park or especially in the car (you could be in trouble if they even found an empty container in your car). You could be arrested! For instance here where I live in the summer there are many concerts downtown, you could not buy and drink and go outside to listen to the music. So the idea of opening a bottle of wine, while picnicing is new!
We sat on the metal chairs and ate our lunch and had plastic cups of wine in Luxembourg Parc. We saw many people doing the same thing.
Same as Discover.
Not sure what the official rule is but obviously, having a bottle of wine with your lunch is part of the culture.
Not sure what your plans are but I suspect that as long as you don't plan to walk down Champs Elisee guzling down beer cans, you'll be fine.
Note metromole's post.
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