Fountain Row is an Entertainment Destination Center (EDC) in Downtown BGKY, launched by the City of Bowling Green on July 15, 2022. Fountain Row provides a boost to local hospitality and tourism by inviting customers to purchase to-go alcoholic drinks in designated cups from participating licensed businesses within its boundaries. Fountain Row encourages visitors and locals to explore more of Downtown BGKY’s historic streets and parks, window shop, and discover new experiences. There are over a dozen EDCs in Kentucky, all actively promoting their individual downtown experiences!
Fountain Rows to-go service hours are daily, 11am-9pm.
All participating businesses are designated with distinct Fountain Row window clings and posted rules. All to-go alcoholic drinks must be purchased from a participating business within the Fountain Row boundaries and served in an approved cup. Cups must be carried in public spaces and disposed of before entering any business or exiting Fountain Row boundary. Scan the cup’s QR code for a full Fountain Row map and rules.
Fountain Row covers the most heavily foot-trafficked areas of Downtown BGKY. Signs at the boundaries indicate its entry and exits limits. Welcome informational signs within Fountain Row indicate operating days and hours.
Fountain Row FAQ
In Kentucky, municipalities can establish an Entertainment Destination Center that allows patrons at participating restaurants and bars to leave the premise with an alcoholic beverage in a specially-marked cup.
Alcoholic beverages are allowed on public property in approved Fountain Row cups daily, 11am-9pm.
No, only drinks purchased from a participating business in Fountain Row are allowed by state law. No cans, glass bottles, or outside drinks are permitted with the boundaries. Anyone with alcohol on public property not purchased from a participating business during permitted hours or during a designated special event can be cited and/or arrested.
No. Fountain Row cups are only permitted for a single use when leaving a downtown business to walk to another location within the area.
Should patrons leave the boundary, they can be cited and/or arrested.
In August 2016, the State of Kentucky adopted legislation allowing municipalities to create local Entertainment Destination Centers in their tourism and convention districts, mostly in downtowns. To date, over a dozen municipalities have passed local ordinances to create these, including Paducah, Danville, Owensboro, Louisville, Lexington, Morehead, Covington, Maysville, Midway, Bellevue, Somerset, Corbin, and the CVG Airport.