Everything You Need to Know About the River Market Entertainment District

Posted on July 10, 2020

The River Market Entertainment District (RMED) is a space in which guests aged 21 and older can carry alcoholic beverages in approved cups throughout all public spaces and participating commercial properties. The Entertainment District spans the 300-600 blocks of President Clinton Avenue, the 100 block of Ottenheimer and St. Vincent Plaza and the entirety of Ottenheimer Market Hall and the River Market pavilions. RMED boundaries will be defined by branded light pole banners, signage and sidewalk decals.

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Alcohol may be carried throughout the district during the following times and holidays:

Friday – 5 p.m. to midnight
Saturday – 8 a.m. to midnight
Sunday – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

New Year’s Eve (December 31) – 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
New Year's Day (January 1) -- 12 a.m. to 2 a.m., 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. 
Valentine’s Day (February 14) – 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) – 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Independence Day (July 4) – 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Christmas Eve (December 24) – 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Patrons looking to take alcohol outside of the point of purchase and into public spaces within the District will be required to wear an RMED wristband given to them when they receive their RMED cup. Both cups and wristbands will be available at all participating bars and restaurants within the District.

Due to state regulations, alcoholic beverages may not be taken from one bar or restaurant into another. Additionally, visitors to the RMED cannot bring any outside alcohol into the District, nor can any alcohol purchased within the District be taken outside its borders. 

Participating Restaurants:
- Buenos Aires Grill & Café
- Club 27
- Cache Restaurant
- Courtyard by Marriott (Bar)
- Damgoode Pies
- Ernie Biggs
- Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
- Flying Saucer
- Stickyz Rock'N'Roll Chicken
- Rev Room 
- Sonny William's Steak Room
- Willy D's
- Nexus Coffee

Beverages in Official Cups Permitted Inside:
- The Galleries at Library Square
- Bobby L. Roberts Library Arkansas History and Art
- The Barn Mercantile
- UA Little Rock Downtown
- Kilwin's
- Freckled Frog
- Four Square Cafe and Gifts
- Ottenheimer Market Hall
- Little Rock River Market Pavilions

River Market Entertainment District Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I take cups into different establishments?

Yes, empty RMED cups maybe be taken into and refilled at any establishments that sell alcoholic beverages. Please note that taking a full RMED cup from one establishment selling alcoholic beverages to another establishment that sells alcoholic beverages is not allowed. Some retail and special event locations that do not sell alcohol may allow you to enter their establishments with a full RMED cup. These establishments will have signage at the door to designate their participation in RMED.

Can I reuse my cup?

Yes! Be sure to keep your cup with you throughout your time in the RMED, as any venue that sells alcohol will refill your cup. We also care about the environment and have selected a plant based, compostable Greenware cup.

Can I bring in my own alcoholic beverage, pour it into an RMED cup and walk around with it?

Unless you’d like for your night to include a very awkward conversation with the LRPD officers who patrol the RMED, we don’t recommend this.

What types of alcoholic beverage can I have in my RMED cup?

Any alcohol that can be purchased within the RMED is allowed in RMED cups.

Can I walk anywhere within the RMED with my approved RMED cup?

Yes. You can enjoy your drink in all public gathering spaces, such as sidewalks and public right-of-way areas, within the boundaries of the River Market Entertainment District. See the map above for details.  Some non-alcohol-serving businesses located within the RMED boundary may choose to allow RMED patrons to enter their establishment as well.

Can I take my RMED cup into Riverfront Park or First Security Amphitheater?

No. Those areas are outside of the RMED boundaries.

Can I take my RMED cup on the Streetcar or electric scooter?

No. RMED cups that contain alcohol are not allowed on the Streetcar and if you’ve been drinking in the RMED you should refrain from using any electric scooters, because alcohol.