8 Countries Where You Can Drink in Public (Slideshow)
April 8, 2014
Some places where public drinking is legal may surprise you
New Zealand has pretty loose open container laws — you can even have a container open in your vehicle, although of course you can’t be inebriated while driving. Some municipalities may ban public drinking in certain places, but drinking in public is generally legal for Kiwis.
While some cities (such as Prague) have outlawed public drinking in recent years, many others are still a-ok with drinking on the streets in moderation.
Technically it’s illegal to drink on public transportation or in parks, but the truth is that it's really common, and the police will almost certainly look the other way — so long as you don’t create a disturbance or make a nuisance of yourself.
There isn’t a culture of drinking on the street in Japan, but it’s not illegal. While it’s considered gauche to drink (or eat) on the street in Japan, and people tend to gather around a table for drinking in Japanese culture, you will not infrequently see people sipping moderately in a park.