State Liquor Laws: What Time You Can Buy Alcohol 

Unless you've lived in one place all your adult life, you've probably had to stop and think, "Can I buy alcohol right now?" more than once. It can be hard to figure out when and where you can buy alcohol because of different laws. 

Why Alcohol Laws by State Are So Complicated 

Not only is there a lot of variation in liquor law by state, but local jurisdictions can often pass their own alcohol laws. In some places, you can get a legal turducken: a wet city in a dry county in a wet state. 

Even when local exceptions aren't allowed, state liquor laws can be complicated.  Plus, they can change at any time. 

The truth is, you shouldn't rely on any single blog article to tell you all the current local laws in the country. For the best information, look on your state or local liquor authority website.  

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How Do State Liquor Laws Restrict Alcohol Sales Hours? 

A few states keep it simple with a single set of hours for all types of liquor in all types of sales. 

But generally speaking, alcohol selling hours are dictated by: 

  • Premises/Business Type. On-premises sales are drinks purchased in restaurants and bars. Off-premises sales are bottles or cans you buy at grocery stores, convenience stores, and liquor stores. Some jurisdictions regulate hours based on the type of business, not just the type of sale. 

  • Alcohol Type. Some states set hours based on whether you're buying liquor/spirits, wine, or beer, with definitions. Some divide it up by ABV (alcohol by volume) so that stronger drinks are more tightly restricted. 

  • Day. Alcohol selling hours often vary by day of the week, and sometimes before or during holidays. 

How To Learn Your Alcohol Laws by State & Jurisdiction  

For most of us, knowing your state liquor law is a matter of convenience. 

For workers who serve or sell alcohol, there can be big legal trouble for anyone who gets the when, where, and how of alcohol sales wrong. In many jurisdictions, there are criminal and civil liabilities. 

That's why alcohol seller/server training can be so important. It's legally required in some states, but in other cases, it's just a good way to protect yourself from breaking the law. Check out our catalog for state-approved courses available near you! 

Liquor Law by State: Where and When You Can Buy Alcohol 

For those of us who are buying (not selling) alcohol, we'll break down our best and current understanding of alcohol selling hours in all 50 states, plus Washington, DC.  

Alabama: What Time Are State Liquor Stores Open on Sunday? 

There are few state liquor laws. State-owned liquor stores are closed on Sundays and public holidays, but private liquor stores don’t have to follow those rules. 

Many counties prohibit alcohol sales between midnight and noon on Sundays. 

Aside from that, most liquor laws are set by local jurisdictions. 

Alaska: What Time Can You Buy Alcohol? 

Alaska state liquor law allows sales between 8am and 5pm any day of the week. 

Most local jurisdictions have more restrictive liquor laws, however. 

Arizona: Can I Buy Alcohol Right Now? 

In Arizona, you can buy alcohol between 6am and 2am every day of the year.  

Arkansas: When and Where Can You Buy Alcohol? 

Where it's not otherwise restricted by local jurisdiction:  

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Fri 

Saturday 

Sunday 

Prohibited 

On 

Restaurants 

7am-1am 

Christmas Day 

 

Class A Clubs 

7am-2am 

Class B Clubs 

10am-5am 

State Casinos 

24/7/365 

Off 

any 

7am-1am 

7am-Midnight 

Prohibited (most jurisdictions) 

-- 

California: What Time Can You Buy Alcohol? 

In California, you can buy alcohol, on- or off-premises, 6am to 2am any day of the year. 

Cities and counties can set additional restrictions. 

Colorado: What Time Can You Buy Alcohol? 

Premises 

Most Days 

Prohibited On 

On 

7am-2am 

-- 

Off 

8am-midnight 

Christmas Day 

Liquor is only available at liquor stores and licensed drug stores. 

Connecticut: Are There Alcohol Sales on Sunday? 

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Thurs 

Fri & Sat 

Sunday 

Prohibited On 

On 

Any 

9am-1am 

9am-2am 

11am-1am 

-- 

Off 

Grocery  

(beer & wine only) 

8am-10pm 

8am-10pm 

10am-6pm 

Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day 

Liquor Stores 

There are no longer state-wide Sunday prohibitions, but local ordinances can restrict on-premises sales on Sunday. 

Delaware: When Can You Buy Alcohol? 

Premises 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

Prohibited On 

On 

9am-1am 

9am-1am 

-- 

Off  

(Liquor Stores, Taprooms & Brewpubs Only) 

9am-1am 

Noon-8pm 

Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day 

Large municipalities can set stricter hours. 

District of Columbia: What Time Does Alcohol Stop Selling? 

Premises 

Mon - Thurs 

Fri & Sat 

Sunday 

Extended 

On 

8am-2am 

8am-3am 

8am-2am 

Until 4am NYE & 3am before federal & district holidays 

Off 

9am-midnight 

9am-midnight 

9am-midnight 

-- 

Florida: What Time Does Alcohol Stop Selling? 

State liquor laws in Florida prohibit selling hours (on- and off-premises) between 1am and 7am. 

However, counties can override this restriction. For example, in Miami-Dade County, liquor stores are allowed to be open 24/7. 

Georgia: Are There Alcohol Sales on Sundays? 

The only state-wide rule is that Sunday off-premises sales are disallowed from 12:30pm to 11:30pm by default – your local jurisdiction needs to opt-in to Sunday afternoon sales by referendum.  

Otherwise, liquor laws are set by local jurisdiction.  

Hawaii: Can You Buy Alcohol Right Now? 

Premises 

Jurisdiction 

Every Day 

On 

All Jurisdictions 

Until 2am (Until 4am with cabaret license) 

Off  

Honolulu County 

6am - Midnight 

Kauai, Maui & Hawaii Counties 

6am-11pm 

Idaho: What Time Can You Buy Beer and Liquor? What Days Are Alcohol Sales Prohibited? 

State liquor law in Idaho allows liquor to be sold between 10am and 1am, but you can start buying beer and wine at 6am. 

Counties and cities can extend alcohol service until 2am. City and county ordinances can also restrict alcohol sales more severely than the state. 

Liquor can't be sold on Sundays or on Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Counties and cities can make exceptions, but no exceptions can be made for Christmas Day. 

Illinois: Can You Buy Alcohol Right Now? 

Most liquor laws are set by local jurisdiction.  

However, you can probably buy alcohol right now in a few counties. Cicero and Rock Island County have 24-hour bars. Cook County and Metro East have some 21- to 22-hour bars. 

Indiana: What Time Can You Buy Beer and Liquor? 

Premises 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

On 

7am-3am 

7am-3am 

Off 

7am-3am 

Noon-8pm 

Iowa: What Time Are Alcohol Sales on Sunday? 

In Iowa, alcohol selling hours run from 9am to 2pm on Sunday. Every other weekday, it's 6am to 2am.  

Liquor is restricted to state-run stores. 

Kansas: Where and What Time Can You Buy Beer and Liquor? 

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

Prohibited On 

On 

Any 

6am-2am  

(where allowed) 

6am-2am  

(where allowed) 

-- 

Off 

Grocery  

(low-ABV beer only) 

9am-11pm 

9am-8pm  

(where allowed) 

Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving 

State Liquor Stores 

(everything else) 

9am-11pm 

9am-8pm  

(where allowed) 

Kentucky: Largely Local Alcohol Sales Hours 

While Kentucky does have state liquor laws related to alcohol selling hours, there are so many exceptions that you'll need to check with your local jurisdiction. 

Louisiana: What Time Does Alcohol Stop Selling? 

Alcohol sales hours are set by local jurisdictions. 

In Cameron Parish and the metro areas of New Orleans and Lake Charles, bars are open 24 hours. However, those within the city limits of Lake Charles must close on Sundays. 

In Shreveport, bars stop selling alcohol at 6am downtown and 4am elsewhere. 

Most other municipalities stop on-premises service at 3am or earlier. 

Maine: When Can You Buy Alcohol? 

In Maine, you can buy alcohol between the hours of 5am and 1am every day.  

Maryland: What Time Can You Buy Alcohol on Sunday? 

Maryland's liquor laws are set by local jurisdictions, so it varies. 

Some jurisdictions prohibit Sunday alcohol sales, including some parts of Baltimore County and Garrett County. 

Massachusetts: When Can You Buy Alcohol? 

Premises 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

Prohibited On 

Extended 

On 

8am-2am 

11am-2am 

-- 

-- 

Off 

8am-11pm 

10am-11pm 

Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (and Dec 26 if Christmas is a Sunday)  

An extra half-hour before a holiday 

Individual cities and towns are allowed to restrict on-premises sales before 11am or after 11pm. 

Michigan: Can I Buy Alcohol Right Now? 

Premises 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

Exceptions 

On 

7am-2am 

Noon-2am 

(7am open with special license) 

Christmas Day (prohibited until noon) 

New Year's (extended until 4am) 

Off 

7am-2am 

Noon-2am  

(7am open with special license) 

Christmas Day (prohibited until noon) 

 

Local jurisdictions may restrict alcohol selling hours further on Sunday. 

Minnesota: What Time Can You Buy Alcohol? 

Premises 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

On 

8am-2am 

8am-2am 

Off 

8am-10pm 

11am-6pm 

However, local jurisdictions can restrict off-premises sales hours further. 

Mississippi: Are Alcohol Sales on Sunday Allowed? 

Local jurisdictions typically dictate the alcohol sales/service hours in Mississippi. Generally speaking: 

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Sat 

Prohibited 

On 

Any 

Set locally 

Sunday (in most cases) & Christmas Day 

Off 

Grocery  

(beer & low-ABV wine only) 

10am-10pm  

(unless locally restricted) 

Liquor Stores 

24/7 (unless locally restricted) 

However, coastal casinos can provide free alcohol 24/7. 

Missouri: What Time Does Alcohol Stop Selling? 

Liquor law in Missouri allows on- and off-premises sales from 6am to 1:30am every day of the year. 

Some bars and nightclubs with special licenses can serve until 3am with a special license, most of which are located in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Lake of the Ozarks. 

Montana: What Time Does Alcohol Stop Selling? 

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

On 

Any 

Until 2am 

Until 2am; restricted by some local ordinances 

Off 

State Liquor Stores 

8am-2am 

Closed 

Grocery  

(low ABV beer & wine only) 

8am-2am 

Until 2am; restricted by some local ordinances 

Nebraska: What Time Does Alcohol Start Selling? 

On- and off-premises: 

Alcohol Type 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

Local Exceptions 

Liquor/Spirits 

6am-1am 

Noon-1am 

Municipalities can extend on-premises sales until 2am  

Beer & Wine 

6am-1am 

6am-1am 

Nevada: Can I Buy Alcohol Right Now? 

Unless you're in the township of Penaca (which is dry), alcohol sales are allowed any hour of the day, any day of the year.  

New Hampshire: Liquor Store Hours & More 

Premises 

Business Type 

Every Day 

On 

Any 

6am-1am 

Off 

Grocery (beer & wine only) 

6am-11:45pm 

State Liquor Store 

New Jersey: What Time Does Alcohol Stop Selling? 

Liquor laws are set by municipality, but in most jurisdictions: 

On-Premises Sales Hours 

Until 2 or 3am 

Off-Premises Sales Hours 

9am-10pm 

Atlantic City and some nearby municipalities serve alcohol 24/7. 

New Mexico: When Are Alcohol Sales on Sunday Allowed? 

Premises 

Mon - Thurs 

Sunday 

Prohibited 

Allowed On 

On 

7am-2am 

Generally prohibited (but some jurisdictions sell special Sunday permits) 

Christmas Day 

New Year's Eve if on a Sunday 

Off 

7am-midnight 

New York: When Are Liquor Stores Open? When Do Bars Stop Serving? 

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

On 

Any 

8am-4am 

Noon-4am 

Off 

Grocery (beer only) 

24 hours 

24 hours 

Liquor Store (wine & spirits only) 

8am-midnight 

Noon-9pm 

Many counties restrict hours further. Some restrict overnight sales or Sunday morning sales of beer. 

North Carolina: What Time Can You Buy Alcohol on Sundays? 

Premises 

Alcohol Type 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

On 

Any 

7am-2am 

10am-2am 

Off 

Beer & wine 

7am-2am 

10am-2am 

Liquor (ABC stores only) 

9am-9pm 

Prohibited 

North Dakota: What Days Are Alcohol Sales Restricted? 

Premises 

Every Day 

Prohibited On 

Restricted On 

On 

8am-2am 

-- 

-- 

Off 

Christmas Day 

Thanksgiving (after 2am) & Christmas Eve (after 6pm) 

Ohio: What Time Can You Buy Alcohol? 

Every day of the year: 

On-Premises Sales Hours 

5:30am-2:30am 

Off-Premises Sales Hours 

5:30am-1am (unless further restricted by the county) 

Oklahoma: What Time Can You Buy Alcohol? 

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

On 

Any 

7am-2am 

7am-2am 

Off 

Grocery (beer & wine only) 

6am-2am 

6am-2am 

Liquor Stores 

8am-midnight 

Vary by county 

Oregon: Alcohol Sales Hours 

You can buy alcohol in Oregon from 7am to 2:30am any day of the year, on- and off-premises. 

Pennsylvania: What Time Can You Buy Beer or Liquor? 

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

On 

Restaurants & bars 

7am-2am 

11am-2am 

Clubs 

7am-3am 

Off 

State Liquor Stores (wine & spirits only)  

9am-10pm 

Noon-5pm 

Grocery (beer only) 

7am-10pm 

9am-10pm 

Rhode Island: When Do Bars Stop Selling Alcohol? What Are Liquor Store Hours? 

Premises 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

On 

9am-1am (but in Providence, 2am on Fri, Sat & before state-recognized holidays) 

Noon-1am 

Off (liquor stores only) 

9am-10pm  

10am-6pm 

South Carolina: Where and What Time Can You Buy Alcohol? 

Premises 

Alcohol Type 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

On 

Beer & Wine 

Determined by local jurisdiction 

Liquor 

10am-2am 

Prohibited 

Off 

Grocery (beer & low-ABV wine only) 

24/7 

Liquor Stores  

9am-7pm 

Prohibited 

South Dakota: Can I Buy Alcohol Right Now? 

In South Dakota, alcohol selling hours run from 7am to 2am. 

Tennessee: What Time Can You Buy Alcohol on Sundays and Holidays? 

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Sat 

Sunday 

Prohibited On 

On 

Any 

8am-3am 

10am-3am 

Christmas Day, Thanksgiving & Easter 

Off 

Grocery (beer & wine only) 

8am-11pm 

10am-11pm 

Liquor Stores 

8am-11pm 

10am-11pm 

However, on-premises hours can be modified by local jurisdictions. 

Texas: Can I Buy Alcohol Right Now? 

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Fri 

Sat 

Sunday 

Prohibited On 

On 

Hotel Bars 

24/7 

-- 

All other 

7am-12am 

7am-1am 

Noon-midnight  

(2am in some locales) 

-- 

Off 

Grocery  

(beer & wine only) 

8am-12am 

7am-1am 

Noon-midnight 

-- 

Liquor Stores 

10am-9pm 

Closed 

Some Holidays 

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, liquor stores must remain closed on Monday. 

Utah: Where and What Time Can You Buy Alcohol? 

State liquor laws change frequently in Utah, and there are very specific laws about what kind of alcohol is allowed to be sold at each on-premises venue. Generally: 

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Fri 

Sat 

Sun 

Holidays 

On 

Restaurants (must dine) 

11:30-midnight 

(beer until 1am) 

10:30am-midnight  

(beer until 1am) 

 

Bars & Other 

10am-1am 

Off 

Grocery (beer only) 

10am-1am 

 

State Liquor Stores  

(heavy beer, wine & liquor only) 

11am to (location dependent) between 5pm and 10pm 

Closed 

Vermont: When Can You Buy Alcohol at Bars & Stores? 

Any day of the year: 

On-Premises Sales Hours 

8am-2am 

Off-Premises Sales Hours 

6am-midnight 

Virginia: What Time Can You Buy Alcohol on Sunday? 

Premises 

Business Type 

Mon - Thurs 

Sunday 

On 

Most 

6am-2am (+ extra hour on NYE) 

Clubs 

No restrictions 

Off 

Grocery (beer & wine only) 

6am-midnight 

State liquor stores 

10am-9pm 

10am-6pm 

There's no state law restricting alcohol sales on Sundays, but some Virginia jurisdictions do. 

Washington State: When Can You Buy Alcohol? 

In Washington State, you can buy alcohol from 6am to 2am on- or off-premises, unless your local government has further restricted sales. 

West Virginia: What Time Can You Buy Alcohol Now? 

West Virginia's alcohol selling hours changed recently. They're now: 

Premises 

Business Type 

Every Day 

Prohibited On 

On 

Taverns & other businesses 

6am-2am 

-- 

Private Clubs  

6am-3am 

-- 

Off 

Grocery (beer & wine only) 

6am-2am 

-- 

Liquor Stores 

6am-Midnight 

Christmas & Easter 

Wisconsin: What Time Can You Buy Liquor and Beer? 

Premises 

Sun - Thurs 

Fri & Sat 

Exceptions 

On 

6am-2am 

6am-2:30am 

Do not have to close New Year's Day 

Off 

6am-9pm (but many jurisdictions allow beer until midnight) 

-- 

Wyoming: What Time Can You Sell or Serve Alcohol? 

In Wyoming, you can buy alcohol between 6am and 2am.  

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