Utah Liquor Laws – Drinking in Utah Becomes Easier

If you are interested in visiting or moving to Utah, you may be concerned by what you have heard about Utah Liquor Laws. As you may know, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or “Mormons”) does not condone the consumption of alcohol by its members. While the LDS Church does have a lot of influence on Utah State regulations, the State has recently made a number of changes to loosen their liquor laws.

Anyone under the age of 21 is not permitted to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages in Utah. This shouldn’t come as a surprise; the entire United States has the same age limits for alcohol consumption.

However, there are some unique laws in Utah concerning liquor. The following list outlines the new Utah State laws which govern the purchase and consumption of alcohol.

Metering Laws

o Airport lounges, restaurants, and private clubs are required by state law to use a metered dispensing system, calibrated to dispense 1.5 ounces or less of primary liquor into a mixed drink. Secondary flavors may be added up to a total of 2.75 ounces of liquor per drink.

– Restaurants

o You must be dining at the restaurant to order alcohol.

o Restaurants with a “full-service liquor license” may serve mixed drinks, wines, and heavy beers from 12:00pm to 1:00am, with the purchase of food.

o Light beers (those containing 3.2% alcohol or less by weight or 4% or less by volume) may be served with food from 10:00am to 1:00am.

o Restaurants with a “limited-service liquor license” follow the same rules but cannot sell mixed drinks (distilled spirits).

o Restaurants may not serve double or sidecar drinks.

– Beer Establishments (Beer Bars, Lounges, Taverns, Bowling Alleys, Cabarets, Night Clubs, etc.)

o Alcohol may be served with or without the purchase  organic liquor store of food from 10:00am to 1:00am. All beverages must have 3.2% alcohol by weight or less (or 4% or less by volume). Beers may be sold on draft or in bottles or cans. You may order beer “to go”, but it must be in a sealed container.

– Private Clubs

o Utah law previously restricted the sale of alcohol in private clubs to “members” only. This meant that you had to purchase a membership in order to enter and purchase a drink at the club. That law has been changed so that membership is no longer required by the State. Even so, some clubs may still require membership to enter. Many clubs now offer a visitors card (about $4 for three weeks) that allows you and up to seven friends to enter and drink at the club.

o Private Clubs are allowed to serve heavy and light beers, wine, and liquor (mixed drinks) from 10:00am to 1:00am.

o You are not required to purchase food in order to drink alcohol in private clubs and you may be served at a bar or a table.

o Private Clubs must charge for two drinks if you order a double or a sidecar rather than charging for a drink and a shot.

 

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