Well, here's another way the East Coast is less forgiving to drinkers: Hardly any states allow people to consume alcohol outdoors. Check out this handy map, courtesy of the Huffington Post.
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The Northeast is a sea of orange, meaning outdoor drinking is banned in most or all municipalities.
Years ago, when I was visiting New York from the Bay Area, I sat with a friend at one of those red tables in Times Square. We began sipping beers purchased at a bodega, not realizing that such behavior wasn't allowed. After all, the whole point of those red tables and chairs is to give a friendly cafe vibe.
Police descended almost immediately and served us with citations. (My friend argued successfully that I was a clueless Californian and shouldn't get one.)
Anyway, I couldn't imagine that happening in San Francisco.
Not because of the city's freedom-loving ways (drinking in public isn't technically allowed there either), but because the police rarely bother enforcing the law.