A guide to alcohol laws by state.

In the United States of America,

every state has the right to create its own laws with regards to the sale of beer, wine and liquor. If you travel, it can be hard to keep up with all of the—sometimes insane—rules. That's why we created this Guide to Alcohol Laws by State.

Note that the legal drinking age in all 50 states is 21.

Alabama

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

See More Information below on restrictions.
Bars & Restaurants
24/7, except to 2am on Sundays
Liquor Stores
24/7, except to 2am on Sundays
More Information
13.9% ABV cap on beer
Beer containers 25.4 oz or less
ABV > 14.9% wine sold in state stores

Sometimes the 24/7 rule is restricted by local communities such as counties or towns.
26 "dry counties" don't sell alcohol, but you can still drink it on your own property. Of those 26, 23 have at least one "wet" city (43 total), ie some places in dry counties have bars and liquor stores, and/or sell beer and wine in grocery stores. in Fact, state law allows any city with a population greater than 1,000 located within a dry county to "go wet" if a referendum is passed by 50% of voters.

Alaska

Grocery Stores
no alcohol in grocery stores

No Alcohol in Grocery Stores

Though many have special separate areas you can purchase all three types.
Bars & Restaurants
8am to 5am
Liquor Stores
No (although many grocery stores have separate areas that sell all forms of alcoholic beverages and many bars sell packaged liquor as well)
More Information
Liquor stores closed until after polls close on Election Day.
You can legally buy your bartender a drink.

Arizona

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
6am to 2am
Liquor Stores
6am to 2am
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
Drive through liquor stores.
190 proof Grain Alcohol.
Indian reservations typically have more restrictive laws.
You can get a DUI even after one drink.

Arkansas

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Bars & Restaurants
7am to 1am
Some establishments open until 5am
Liquor Stores
Monday – Friday: 7am to 1am
Saturday: 7am to midnight
No Sunday
More Information
Private clubs exempt from dry counties, of which there are many.
No alcohol on Christmas Day.

California

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
6am to 2am
Liquor Stores
6am to 2am
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is readily available in gas stations and convenience stores. California is the primary producer of wines and therefore has lots of local wine available. Plenty of craft beer throughout the state, too.
More Information
Relatively unrestricted; beer, wine and liquor available at grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, and warehouse clubs. No statewide holiday restrictions.

Colorado

Grocery Stores
beer available in grocery stores

Beer Only

Max 3.2% ABV
Bars & Restaurants
7am to 2am
Liquor Stores
8am to Midnight
Convenience Stores
Alcohol is not sold in convenience stores. Plenty of craft beer throughout the state, though. Colorado is one of those states where there is just a ton of good beer.
More Information
You'll mostly find beer in dedicated stores, many of which have drive throughs. Beer in Grocery stores and convenience stores max 3.2% ABV.
Liquor and wine in special stores only, all of which are closed on Christmas. Any particular chain can only have one location.
A few grocery stores can sell liquor and wine as well as beer.

Connecticut

Grocery Stores
beer available in grocery stores

Beer Only

Bars & Restaurants
Monday – Thursday: 9am to 1am
Friday - Saturday: 9am to 2am
Sunday: 11am to 1am
Liquor Stores
Monday – Saturday: 8am to 9pm
Closed Sunday
More Information
Beer can be purchased at grocery and convenience stores. Spirits and wine can be purchased only at liquor stores.

Delaware

Grocery Stores
no sale of alcohol allowed in grocery stores

No Alcohol in Grocery Stores

Bars & Restaurants
9am to 1am
Liquor Stores
Mon - Sat: 9am to 1am
Sun: noon to 8pm
More Information
Cities over 50,000 persons may impose stricter hours of sale by local ordinance. Alcohol sales restricted on some holidays.

District Of Columbia

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Bars & Restaurants
Sunday – Thursday: 8am to 2am
Friday – Saturday: 8am to 3am
Liquor Stores
9am to 12am
More Information
Bars are open until 4am on New Year's Eve.

Florida

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Only "low alcohol" liquor.
Bars & Restaurants
7am to 3am
Liquor Stores
7am to 3am
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
Miami-Dade county liquor stores are 24/7.
153 Proof max on liquor.
No "40s" or greater of beer (actually no "33s" or greater).

Georgia

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Bars & Restaurants
vary by county
Liquor Stores
vary by county, no Sundays
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
14% ABV max on beer.
Sunday sales are occasionally allowed from 12::30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
No public consumption, except in Savannah.

Hawaii

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
11:50am to 2am
Liquor Stores
11:50am to 12am
More Information
In Honolulu County only, bars stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m., unless they have a "cabaret license", which gives them until 4 a.m.
Package stores in Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii counties are only open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Idaho

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Bars & Restaurants
6am to 2am
Liquor Stores
Varies, typically 11am to 7pm
More Information
Alcoholic beverages exceeding 16% ABV can only be sold in Idaho State Liquor Dispensary stores, or contracted stores.

Illinois

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
6am to 4am
Liquor Stores
locally controlled
More Information
Opening/closing hours are up to the decision of counties or towns.

Indiana

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

But you have to buy it warm.
Bars & Restaurants
Monday – Saturday:7am to 3am
Sunday: 10:30am to 12:30am
Liquor Stores
7am to 3am
More Information
On Sundays, alcohol is only available in bars and restaurants, except you can get some carryout wine and beer from certain wineries and breweries.
No alcohol on Christmas. No minors, including babies, allowed in a liquor store.

Iowa

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
Monday – Saturday: 6am to 2am
Sunday: 8am to 2am
Liquor Stores
Monday – Saturday: 6am to 2am
Sunday: 8am to 2am
More Information
Nothing much to tell.

Kansas

Grocery Stores
beer available in grocery stores

Beer Only

Max 3.2% ABV
Bars & Restaurants
9am to 2am
Many counties ban alcohol in bars and restaurants
Liquor Stores
Monday – Saturday: 9am to 11pm Sunday: noon to 7 or 8pm
More Information
29 counties don't allow alcohol to be served in bars or restaurants.
59 counties require bars to make 30% of their revenue from food if they want to sell alcohol.
Only 17 counties generally have bars and restaurants which serve alcohol.

Kentucky

Grocery Stores
beer available in grocery stores

Beer Only

Bars & Restaurants
6am to 2am
to 4am in Louisville
Liquor Stores
Mon - Sat: 6am to 2pm No Sundays except Louisville.
More Information
No alcohol sales on Election day
Some localities don't allow Sunday sales of alcohol at bars and restaurants. 39 counties are dry, mostly in the eastern and southern parts of the state.

Louisiana

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
24/7
2am in some municipalities
Liquor Stores
24/7
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
You can drink out of a non-glass container and carry an open drink out, even from bar to bar, in New Orleans, and some other towns and cities. Parents can purchase alcohol for their children. Drive-thru frozen daiquiri stands are legal and common.

Maine

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
Mon–Sat: 6am to 1am
Sun: 9am to 1am
Liquor Stores
Mon–Sat: 6am to 1am
Sun: 9am to 1am
More Information
On New Year's Day alcohol may be sold one hour later in all establishments. When St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday, bars and restaurants may serve alcohol starting at 6 a.m that day.
56 towns are dry.

Maryland

Grocery Stores
varies by location
Bars & Restaurants
vary quite a bit by locality
Liquor Stores
vary quite a bit by locality
More Information
Baltimore County prohibits the sale on Sunday in some areas.
Montgomery, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester sale of alcoholic beverages are controlled directly by the county Liquor Control Boards.
Garrett County prohibits the sale on Sunday except in some areas.
No dry counties, but some dry towns.

Massachusetts

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

In some gas stations
Bars & Restaurants
Mon - Sat: 8am to 1am
Sun: 11am to 1am
until 2am in Boston
Liquor Stores
Mon - Sat: 8am to 11pm
Sunday: noon to 11pm
More Information
No individual, partnership, or corporation may have more than five off-premises licenses in the state, nor more than two in any city, nor more than one in any town. So chain stores rarely sell alcohol.
Chain stores not headquartered in MA can't apply for a license, and therefor can't sell alcohol.
Out of state driver's license don't count as proof of ID.
No happy hours. On Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, alcohol can be sold in bars and restaurants only. Alcohol sold on Election Day only after the polls close.

Michigan

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
Mon - Sat: 7am to am
Sun: Noon to 2am
Liquor Stores
Mon - Sat: 7am to 2am
Sun: Noon to 2am
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is not usually available in gas stations and convenience stores, but in specially licensed "party stores".
More Information
Packaged alcohol primarily sold at "party stores", where you can by wine, beer and liquor, which are closed from noon Christmas Eve through Christmas day. New Year's Eve, bars are open until 4am.

Minnesota

Grocery Stores
beer available in grocery stores

Beer Only

3.2% ABV max
Bars & Restaurants
8am to 2am
Liquor Stores
Monday - Saturday: 8am to 10pm
No Sunday
Convenience Stores
Beer is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
3.2% max on beer in grocery stores.

Mississippi

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Only wine under 5% ABV
Bars & Restaurants
fixed by local municipalities.
Liquor Stores
Mon - Sat: 10am - 10pm
No Sunday
More Information
ABW > 5% wine and sparkling wine sold in state-contracted stores only. Beer and light wine (ABW < 5%, ABV < ~6.3%) sold in convenience stores/supermarkets. Beer and light wine (ABW < 5%) may be consumed by persons age 18-20 with parental supervision.
No alcohol on Christmas.
No open container laws.
Free alcohol all day and night in coastal casinos.
Many dry counties in which it is illegal to even possess alcohol, though some cities within those counties permit alcohol sales and possession.

Missouri

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
Monday – Saturday: 6am to 1:30am Sunday: 9am to midnight Kansas City & St. Louis: 6am to 3am
Liquor Stores
Monday - Saturday: 6am to 1:30am
Sunday: 9am to midnight
More Information
Missouri is considered the second most alcohol-friendly state, after Nevada.
No open container law. No state public intoxication law.
Some bars in Kansas City and St. Louis double as liquor stores. In Kansas City's "Power and Light District", you can take open containers out of bars and into the street. Parents may give their kids alcohol.

Montana

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Bars & Restaurants
to 2am
Liquor Stores
10am to 6pm
Some stores are open later
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
ABV > 16% wine sold in special stores, ABV < 16% available in grocery stores.

Nebraska

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
6am to 1am
Liquor Stores
Monday - Saturday: 6am to 1am
Sunday: noon to 1am
Convenience Stores
Beer, wine and sometimes liquor is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
Sometimes bars can be open until 2am.

Nevada

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
24 hours a day
Liquor Stores
24 hours a day
Convenience Stores
Beer, liquor and wine is readily available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
Nevada loves drinking. Public drunkenness is legal, as is public consumption.

New Hampshire

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Bars & Restaurants
6am to 1am
Liquor Stores
6am to 11:45pm
More Information
Liquor is sold in specialty stores, often in highway rest stops.
14% ABV max on beer.

New Jersey

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Beer and wine in grocery stores is available, but rare.
Bars & Restaurants
Varies, typically open until 2am
Liquor Stores
Hours of sale are regulated by each municipality.
More Information
Newark, Hoboken, Jersey City and other larger cities, closing time is 3 a.m. Atlantic City and Brigantine serves 24 hours. There are some dry towns in the southern part of the state, including Ocean City.
Chain stores can only have two licenses to sell alcohol, so finding it at grocery stores and gas stations is rare.
Bars can sell beer to go.

New Mexico

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
Monday - Saturday: 7am to 2am
Sunday: 7am to 11pm
Liquor Stores
Monday - Saturday: 7am to midnight
No Sundays
More Information
A special Sunday permit is available which allows sale in bars or grocery stores on Sundays from noon until midnight.
No alcohol sales on Christmas. If New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday, bars may sell alcohol until 2am. Parents can give their children alcohol, but only in private residences.

New York

Grocery Stores
beer available in grocery stores

Beer Only

Bars & Restaurants
Monday - Saturday: 8am to 4am Sunday: noon to 4am
Liquor Stores
Monday – Saturday: 9am to midnight
Sunday: noon to 9pm
More Information
Wine and liquor at special stores only, which don't also sell beer.
12 dry towns, mostly in the western part of the state.
Chain stores typically can't and don't sell liquor.

North Carolina

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Bars & Restaurants
Monday – Saturday: 7am to 2am
Sunday: noon to 2am
Liquor Stores
Monday – Saturday 11am to 9pm
No Sunday
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is readily available in gas stations and convenience stores. North Carolina has some local wines and lots of great craft beers.
More Information
15% ABV max on beer.

North Dakota

Grocery Stores
no alcohol sold in grocery stores

No Alcohol in Grocery Stores

Bars & Restaurants
Monday – Saturday: 8am to 2am
Sunday: noon to 2am
Liquor Stores
Monday - Saturday: 8am to 2am
Sunday: noon to 2am
More Information
Alcohol available in bars and restaurants only on Thanksgiving Day, and inversely no restaurants or bars can sell alcohol on Christmas Day. No sale on Christmas Eve after 6pm.

Ohio

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Max 21% ABV on liquor in grocery stores.
Bars & Restaurants
5:30am to 2:30am
Liquor Stores
5:30am to 1am
More Information
12% ABV cap on beer. 21% ABV cap on wine.

Oklahoma

Grocery Stores
beer available in grocery stores

Beer Only

3.2% ABV max
Bars & Restaurants
6am to 2am
Liquor Stores
Monday - Saturday: 10am to 9pm
No Sunday
More Information
4.0% ABV/3.2 ABW or higher only sold at room temperature in liquor stores, which are closed Sundays and some holidays.

Oregon

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Bars & Restaurants
7am to 2:30am
Liquor Stores
7am to 2:30am
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is available in gas stations and convenience stores. Oregon has several local wines and many, many excellent craft breweries.
More Information
Nothing special here, except that Oregon has a lot of good beer.

Pennsylvania

Grocery Stores
no sale of alcohol allowed in grocery stores

No Alcohol in Grocery Stores

Rare few exceptions
Bars & Restaurants
Monday – Saturday: 7am to 2am
Sunday: 11am to 2am
Liquor Stores
Monday – Saturday: 9am to 10pm
Sunday: Noon to 5pm
Convenience Stores
Alcohol is rarely available in gas stations and convenience stores, except in a rare few exceptions. This is actively being fought by gas stations as of 2013.
More Information
Wine and liquor at special stores only. Beer can't be bought in grocery stores, but at specialty "six pack" stores, and then only by the six pack, and two six packs at a time. You can go back in as many times as you want, though, you just have to leave the first two sixers in your car, or on the street outside. Beer can be bought by the keg or case at special distributors only. While typically grocery stores and gas stations can't sell alcohol, a rare few exemptions exist. Giant Eagle and Wegmens grocery stores are the most common exemptions, as well as some Sheetz gas stations.

Rhode Island

Grocery Stores
no sale of alcohol allowed in grocery stores

No Alcohol in Grocery Stores

Bars & Restaurants
until 2am
Liquor Stores
9am to 10pm Monday – Saturday and Noon to 6pm Sunday
More Information
Nothing much to report here.

South Carolina

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

No Sundays
Bars & Restaurants
Monday - Friday: 24/7
No Sundays
Liquor Stores
9am to 7pm
No Sundays
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine are available at convenience stores, but only warm beer is available in gas stations.
More Information
14% ABW (17.5% ABV) max on beer.
Wine > 16% ABV sold in liquor stores
Liquor stores are closed on Election Day.

South Dakota

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

Bars & Restaurants
Mon - Sat: 7am to 2am
Sun: 7am to 2am
Liquor Stores
Mon - Sat: 7am to 2am
Sun: 7am to 2am
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
14% ABV cap on beer.

Tennessee

Grocery Stores
beer available in grocery stores

Beer Only

Bars & Restaurants
Mon - Sat: 8am to 3am
Sun: 10am to 3am
Liquor Stores
Mon - Sat: 8am to 11pm
No Sunday
Convenience Stores
Beer is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
Wine is only sold in liquor stores. On Sunday, liquor in bars and restaurants only. Beer above 5% ABW / 6.3% ABV must be sold in liquor stores.
Open container law only applies to drivers, not passengers.

Texas

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Bars & Restaurants
Monday-Friday: 7am to midnight
Saturday: 7am to 1am
Sunday: Noon to midnight
Some places til 2am
Liquor Stores
Monday – Saturday: 10am to 9pm
No Sunday
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
No alcohol max but ABV > 15.5% requires special license, so many places are beer and wine only.
If you order a drink at a bar or restaurant before noon on Sunday, you have to have food, too.
29 dry counties.
Parents can buy alcohol for their children, even in bars.

Utah

Grocery Stores
no sale of alcohol allowed in grocery stores

Beer Only

3.2% ABV max
Bars & Restaurants
Liquor: noon to to midnight
Beer: 10am to 1am
Liquor Stores
Mon-Fri: til 10pm
No Sundays
Convenience Stores
Some alcohol is available in gas stations and convenience stores, though availability varies throughout the state.
More Information
ABV > 4.0% sold in special stores. 3.2% ABW (4.0% ABV) beer may be sold at grocery stores and convenience stores. No alcohol is served in restaurants without purchase of food.

Vermont

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Beer and wine up to ABV 16%.
Bars & Restaurants
8am to 2am
Liquor Stores
6am to midnight
More Information
ABV > 16% beer and ABV > 16% wine are only available in state liquor stores.

Virginia

Grocery Stores
beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer & Wine

Bars & Restaurants
6am to 2am
Liquor Stores
6am to midnight.
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
Licensed supermarkets, convenience stores, and gas stations may sell beer and wine. Lots of dry counties.

West Virginia

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Liquor, Beer & Wine

Bars & Restaurants
7am to 3:30am and noon to 3am Sundays
Liquor Stores
Mon-Fri: 7am to 3:30am
Sat: 7am to 3am
Sun: 1pm to 3am
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
12% ABV max on beer.

Wisconsin

Grocery Stores
liquor, beer and wine available in grocery stores

Beer, Liquor and Wine

by local ordinance only
Bars & Restaurants
6am to 2am Sunday – Thursday but until 2:30am Friday – Saturday
Liquor Stores
6am to 9pm
Convenience Stores
Beer and wine is available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
Minors can drink if their parents or spouse allow it.
In most places, you can't buy alcohol after 9pm. Exceptions include Kenosha, Green Bay, La Crosse, Maple Bluff and Baraboo.

Wyoming

Grocery Stores
no sale of alcohol allowed in grocery stores

No Alcohol in Grocery Stores

Exceptions include grocery stores with separate section / license for alcohol.
Bars & Restaurants
6am to 2am
Liquor Stores
Varies
Convenience Stores
Alcohol is not usually available in gas stations and convenience stores.
More Information
Nothing much to report here.