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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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