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"Some Clarification." Alcohol Tip by jgriego81

Alcohol, Salt Lake City: 6 reviews and 1 photos

I am posting this because much of the info here is incorrect or outdated.

Utah did away with the Private Club law a little while ago so you do not have to have a membership to enter those establishments anymore. The downside of this is that in the past, you may have paid a smaller amount for the temporary membership whereas now many of the establishments make you pay a cover charge that will cost you more.

You can no longer smoke in bars & clubs in Utah.

You can get an alcoholic beverage other than beer in a bar or club in Utah. There are several establishments that do not have a liquor license and those establishments can only serve beer.

In Utah, grocery stores and convenience stores are only allowed to sell beer that is 3.2% by weight. This is the beer that people refer to as weak. In reality, the difference is in how it is labeled. Some states label by weight and others by volume. 3.2% by weight is actually 4.0% by volume. There are many states that have similar laws limiting grocery stores to selling only 3.2% ABW/4.0% ABV or lower.

You can get beer that is 3.2% ABW/4.0% ABV and higher at the state liquor stores, restaurants and bars & clubs. Restaurants do require you to order food if you are going to drink alcohol.

I have never had a hard time finding a state liquor store. This may be partly because I live here but I’m pretty sure most people have used Google before. Here is a link to state Liquor & Wine stores in Utah: http://abc.utah.gov/stores/index.html. They are closed on Sundays and election days but most are open until 10 PM Monday through Saturday.

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  • Updated Oct 8, 2010
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