Restaurants and Bars Hope Alcohol To-Go Is a Hit Super Bowl Sunday – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Texas governor Gregg Abbott allowed mixed drinks to be consumed in June after bar and restaurant operators advocated for him to ease restrictions. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, bars and restaurants across the state have been able to sell beer, wine, and spirits with takeaway orders.
Governor Abbott signed an emergency waiver to help the struggling service industry manage shutdowns and safety regulations.
A new bill could make takeaway liquor in restaurants and bars permanent well beyond this Super Bowl Sunday. However, there are a few things that you need to know when shopping for cocktails at your favorite bar or restaurant.
“Last session I signed a bill that allows takeaway beer to be sold in Texas. Let’s expand this session and make takeaway liquor an official bill in Texas,” Abbott tweeted in late January.
According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission:
- Alcohol must be picked up with food prepared at the venue.
- The person selling the alcohol must be at least 21 years old.
- Beer, ale and wine must be in their original container, which is sealed by the manufacturer of the drink
- Mixed drinks must be in a container and sealed with an adhesive label.
The Texas Restaurant Association CEO told the Dallas Morning News that the rest of the country are looking closely at us because they expect Texas to pass laws that make alcohol permanent.
It will no doubt create the conditions for many other states to pass similar laws.