Liquor laws in Texas can vary widely depending on the particular county or municipality laws. Baseline laws are as follows:
The liquor laws in Texas allow you to buy beer and wine at grocery stores, but all other liquor must be purchased at a licensed liquor store. Liquor is available at grocery stores and liquor stores from Monday to Friday between 7.00 am and 12.00 am and on Saturdays from 7.00 am to 1.00 am.
There are Sunday restrictions on the sale of liquor, you can ask an attorney from mvhtexasliquorlaw.com about other concerns about liquor laws. Liquor stores are closed on Sundays until noon and liquor is only allowed to be sold from 12.00 pm until 12.00 am on Sundays. Bars are allowed to sell alcoholic drinks between 10.00 am and noon on Sundays, provided it is served together with food.
The alcohol laws in the state of Texas contain an interesting mix of liberal and conservative rules related to the drinking of alcohol. The rules are pro-Texan as well as pro-Christian and pro-family, which is confusing and conflicting with the kind of contradictions that Texas is known for.
Archaic Blue Laws state where and when alcohol can be bought and while Texans accept the fact that liquor can only be sold by liquor stores, this law is followed by only 11 other states in the U.S. Alcohol sales are further restricted on certain holidays forbidding liquor stores to open on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Thanksgiving, satisfying the Christian origins that still abide in many state laws.
On Sundays liquor stores are closed until noon, but restaurants and bars can serve alcohol with food from 10.00 am. This also applies to Sunday sports events, wineries, and festivals. However, there is a further restriction that says no alcohol that exceeds 17% AVB may be sold on Sundays, which includes certain wines and mixers that are actually non-liquor products, adding to the confusion.
The infamous dry counties laws in Texas are just as confusing. Legally, in a dry county, all purchases and consumption of alcohol is illegal everywhere in that county, and in a wet county all forms of purchase and consumption is legal in the entire county. In Texas, most counties are mixed counties which allow different alcohol laws in different areas. This can be frustrating and impossible to try and figure out when in some counties only beer is legal, while in others beer as well as wine and mixed beverages are allowed to be consumed, but only in restaurants.
Many people may not realize that Texas, among many other states, has an ‘open container law’ that makes it illegal for any person in a vehicle, whether driving or not, and whether the car is moving or stationary, to have an open container of liquor in the car. Even if no-one in the car has consumed any alcohol, if an open container is found in the car you can still be fined under this law.