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  The no-headache happy hour
by goodfish

Utah has the most bizarre, most frustrating, most confusing liquor laws in the United States; even the locals are baffled. And they change them as often as I change my socks so just about the time you figure them out, they throw you a curveball. We found the situation just a bit better on our 2011 trip than in 2004 as they'd finally gotten rid of the strange club law that required a membership to get near a mixed drink, but kept other nonsense - and added more - on the books.

Some of the absurdities include:

? A type of liquor license that allows mixed drinks but requires a partition - nicknamed the Zion Curtain - between customer and bartender so you can't see the bottles or mixing of the drink itself

? Another type of license that forbids the enjoyment of a libation unless you've ordered food

? Still another restricts to wine and beer only with the same barrier in place to hide evil taps and bottles

? No happy hours or drink specials. Ever.

? Spirits for sale only at state-owned liquor stores with goofy hours

? No doubles or heavy pours. Ever. Bottles are gauged to dispense state-approved amounts.

And so forth and so on. Knowing that locating a stress-free, post-hike adult beverage was questionable in some locations and virtually impossible in others, we picked up a cheap styro cooler and 2-week supply of goodies en route from Grand Junction and had civilized nightcaps at our rental apartment and motels. A bit of digging also turned up one local oasis in Moab where we could have beer o'clock with no baloney.

In a nutshell: BYOB, baby.

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  • Updated Feb 7, 2013
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Oh dear ..... so it is even more bizarre now!!

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Mar 15, 2014 at 6:16 AM

      It's actually LESS bizarre than the first time we were out there but still darn strange.

  • TooTallFinn24's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    This would make a great article a feature on Moab back in Minnesota. Nicely researched and fun to read.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Feb 8, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      Thanks, Steven! I love this place so while I find the laws completely nutters, thought it best to approach the situation with a little humor. :O)


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