Explaining Our Quirky Liquor Laws

Explaining Our Quirky Liquor Laws

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Thanks to our Governor and the Utah Legislature, getting a drink in Salt Lake City is just like the rest of the country. Well almost. Every state has some quirks.

Getting a double is a little harder. Ordering a double is suppose to be a no-no.

In Restaurants you have to order food with your drink.

Not so in Bars. You don't have to order food.

Our DUI/DWI Laws are the strictest in the nation! Our DUI 'Driving Under the Influence' has been lowered from .08% to .05%. Our Advice, if you're going to be drinking, don't drive. Take a cab, UBER or designated driver, it's worth it!

There are over 400 places where you can get a drink in Utah, and since 2009, getting into a bar is even easier.

Private Clubs are a thing of the past.
Now, you walk into a bar and order a drink, just like the rest of the country. Also, just like the rest of the country, you have to be 21 to enter. Verifying someones age is easier here. If you look younger than your mid-40's, they will ask for your ID. Preferably your drivers license. It will be scanned in seconds, and if it's valid, you are in. So, if you're looking for a bar near your hotel, a unique sports bar, a local brew pub or just to relax with a nice glass of wine, you'll find it easily in Salt Lake.

You can have drinks in Salt Lake bars, restaurants, and you can buy bottles of your favorite liquor at state run liquor stores listed below.

This is the confusing and embarrassing part of our state. Having a drink, a beer or a glass of wine with dinner, no problem. But, your server should ask you whether you will be eating - if you ask for a drink first. If you are not asked about food, and you are served a cocktail before you read the menu, it's a violation of a ridiculous law that at times can get the owner of a restaurant fined or they can lose their liquor license. Our Utah liquor official's latest reports are downplaying this law and the enforcement of it because they are afraid of negative media especially with our high tourism season in full swing. I wouldn't worry about it. Try a restaurant of your choice, relax, enjoy, have fun, experience a great meal and if you want - have a drink.

Wine is served in restaurants, bars and can also be purchased at the state liquor stores.

Full-strength beer, 4% and up to 12% is sold in some bars and restaurants and the state owned liquor stores. But, what sucks about it is, that it's only bottled beer, not tap or draft. Beer on tap, or draft beer as it is known in Salt Lake's bars and restaurants is only 3.2% or less. You can also buy full-strength bottled beer at state liquor stores (see addresses below) . You can purchase 3.2% beer at the grocery and convenience stores. With the elevation of 4000 feet plus above sea level, getting a "Buzz" on, happens very quickly! And if you're up in Park City at over 7000 feet above sea level, we advise you to watch what you drink, take cabs, have a designated driver, and just be careful. Our DUI/DWI Laws are the strictest in the nation!

Brew Pubs
Our brew pubs do offer some of the best food in town and are definitely worth visiting.

Smoking is Not Allowed in Utah Bars and Restaurants.

State Liquor Store Locations throughout Salt Lake City...

Utah Liquor stores are closed on Sundays, state & federal holidays.

A state liquor and wine store, operated by state employees, carries a full line of liqueurs, wines, spirits, and some full strength beers. These stores are found in the more populated areas of the state.

205 West 400 South
Hours are 11am-10pm Mon - Sat.

Downtown - Huge Wine Store
This is the largest wine store in Salt Lake City with one of the best wine selections in Utah.
255 South 300 East
Hours are 11am-7pm. Mon - Sat.

Salt Lake Wine Store close to the downtown area
280 West Harris Ave (1605 South 300 West)
Hours are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon. - Sat.

The Avenues
Address: 402 6th Avenue Suite 1
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Hours are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon. - Sat.

Address: 1615 Foothill Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Hours are Monday to Saturday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

1154 East Ashton Ave, 2250 South 1100 East
Hours are 11am-10pm. Mon. - Sat.

South Salt Lake
63 East Miller Ave.
Hours are 11am-7pm. Mon. - Sat.

Murray Area
5056 South State Street
Hours are 11am-10pm. Mon. - Sat.

Midvale Area
7598 South Main
Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

1814 East Murray Holladay Road
Hours are 11am-10pm. Mon. - Sat.

South Valley/Cottonwood
1863 East 7000 South
Hours are 11am-10pm. Mon. - Sat.

125 West 9000 South
Hours are Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

125 West 9000 South
Hours are Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

West Valley - Store #03
Address: 3381 South Redwood Road
West Valley City, UT 84119
Hours are Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

West Valley - Store #46
Address: 6262 South 5600 West
West Valley City, UT 84118
Hours are Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Taylorsville - Store #26
Address: 3905 West 5400 South
Taylorsville, UT 84118
Hours are Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Riverton - Store #40
Address: 13332 South Market Center Drive
Riverton, UT 84065
Hours are Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

At Our Ski Resorts

Snowbird Resort
Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon
801.521.6040 - Call for Hours

Alta Ski Resort
Alta Lodge, 10230 East Route 210
801.322.4631 - Call for Hours

Solitude Resort
12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon
435.534.1400 - Call for Hours

In Park City

Park City - Store #34
Address: (Club Store) 1901 Sidewinder Drive
Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Park City - Store #36
Address: 460 Swede Alley
Hours are Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Park City - Store #37
Address: 1612 Ute Blvd
Hours are Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Park City - Store #38
Address: 1550 Snow Creek Drive
Hours are Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

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