You think our alcohol laws are weird? Here are some other states' strange restrictions

Posted at 3:14 PM, Jan 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-17 15:15:51-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- The debate over changes to alcohol laws in Indiana raged on this week, with the committee passage of Sunday sales and a committee denying cold beer expansion in the state. 

And while you may think to yourself, "Man, Indiana's alcohol laws are from the dark ages", it's not just the Hoosier state that has some strange alcohol laws. 

Here are a few other states that have some wonky liquor laws:

There are only 600 stores in the entire state that are licensed to sell wine and liquor, according to Time magazine, and those stores are state-run. 

There is no such thing as a happy hour, in accordance with Massachusetts state law, nor drink specials, and only in recent years has this commonwealth rescinded the restriction on Sunday sales. 

This state was the last in the country to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21, and still today, there are "drive-by Daquiri" stands, which are allowed to exist because the open container law specifically identifies a container as closed until the straw is placed into the container. 

On the other side of things, open containers are permitted along the entirety of the Las Vegas strip. State law also does not consider being drunk in public a crime, and rather seeing it as a health problem instead. 

New Jersey
New Jersey's state law (like several other states) keeps a quota on the number of liquor licenses it can issue at any given time. This leads to secondary market trades, one of which was recorded recently for $1.6 million.

The "Zion Curtain" is a real thing. In restaurants opened since 2012, bartenders have to mix drinks out of sight, and you are not allowed to order a double. Similarly, if you order a drink at a restaurant, you have to also order some food. 

See? It's not just us. 

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