Sunday, June 26, 2016

When can you officially drink at 10 a.m. for Sunday brunch?

As you probably know, Gov. Cuomo and the NY Legislature recently agreed to reform the state's Alcohol Beverage Control Law that reportedly dated back some 80 years.

So bars and restaurants in the city will be able to start serving drinks at 10 a.m. on Sundays instead of noon.

But when will this go into effect?

A couple people asked me... Well, according this Associated Press article from last week:

The Democrat worked with state legislators from both parties and industry leaders to hammer out details of the bill approved in the state Senate and Assembly. Cuomo is expected to sign the legislation soon. It takes effect 60 days after.

I haven't seen any mention of Cuomo signing this just yet.


Anonymous said...

New York City's future:

With few exceptions, public drinking is allowed throughout Las Vegas.

Carrying an open container of alcohol and consuming it publicly is legal in the city of Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County, which includes the Strip.

The Strip, by the way, isn’t actually in Las Vegas — it falls within the boundaries of Paradise, which also includes UNLV and McCarran International Airport.

“We have no issues with people drinking out in the open,” Metro Police spokesman Larry Hadfield said.

There are some exceptions: Drinking isn’t allowed within 1,000 feet of a church, synagogue, public or private school, hospital, withdrawal management facility or homeless shelter.

Container laws, however, can be tricky.

If liquor was purchased in a closed container, it may not be consumed on the premises, or within 1,000 feet, of the store.

But if a drink is purchased in an open container, like, say, a plastic cup, then it is legal to consume the beverage in public.

“If you buy a beer from a hotel bar and go to (another place), you can do that,” Hadfield said. “That’s why some casinos transfer beverages into plastic cups as people leave.”

Glass containers aren’t allowed on the Strip.

A Clark County ordinance that passed in September makes it illegal to carry glass beverage containers on the Strip. Officials said the rule was created to cut back on litter and prevent people from using bottles as weapons.

The county already had a ban on glass and aluminum bottles on the Strip during New Year’s Eve festivities, which draw hundreds of thousands of people annually. The recent decision extends the ban year-round.

Plastic cups and containers are allowed.

Drinking isn’t allowed in vehicles.

Those planning to catch a ride between bars have to toss their drink first.

Nevada state law prohibits all open containers in vehicles.

Booze can be bought anytime in Nevada.

Unlike in neighboring states like Utah, where alcohol can’t be served past 1 a.m., bars here are free to stay open 24 hours a day.

Las Vegas’ convenience stores, supermarkets and ubiquitous liquor shops can also sell packaged alcohol anytime.

In Utah, by contrast, bottled booze can only be purchased during business hours at select shops and state-run liquor stores.

Trixie said...

There's a good app called Alcohol Laws that gives you the lowdown on every state. It's great for road trips.

Anonymous said...

I do not think that New York City's future is Las Vegas. Las Vegas's tourism industry is largely based on "vice" -- hedonism. NYC's tourism is largely based on sights and culture. People do not come here from all over the world to get wasted around the clock. Not to say people don't come here for nightlife, but there are other places to go if your vacation goal is nonstop drinking specifically.

As for residents, I remain optimistic. NYC is a progressive place and I have to believe that people are aware that round-the-clock alcohol consumption is something we should be moving away from as a culture, because it has virtually no benefits, and any benefits it may have are hugely outweighed by the costs. If people still want to do that in Las Vegas (where there are no clocks) or New Orleans (where drinking is like live music, seamlessly woven into the social fabric), that's fine, but there's no motive to turn NYC into a bacchanalian destination, and people who think it already is one need to get out more. Go to a museum or something.

Anonymous said...

10:00am is the perfect time for a bloody mary. It's crazy to have to wait until noon.

Anonymous said...

I doubt it 2:18pm but who knows?

Anonymous said...

Even when I was young 18-25 it would never occur to me to have a drink before noon, like never.