With public drinking comes noise, and the Botellón circuit has attracted no shortage of complaints from annoyed neighbors. In university towns like Granada and Malaga, the weekly Botellón became so huge that city halls could ignore critics no longer. The result? A wave of new laws designed to curb street drinking has come into effect this year.
So, despite massive protests—30,000 strong in Granada, for one example—cities across Spain started cracking down on the gatherings, doling out tickets and fines across the country.
Though beaten, the Botellón is not completely dead. Some cities are designating certain zones as acceptable for the gathering of spirits.
This spring and summer, remember to check with locals before cracking open a bottle in your favorite plaza.