Why can’t I purchase liquor on Sundays? Why are all the stores closed? Whether you just moved to Texas or spent the previous holidays in the area, you may have noticed that liquor stores were closed – considering that New Year’s and Christmas Days fell on a Sunday. According to a lawyer from Monshaugen & Van Huff, P.C., This is because of the Texas Liquor Law, which prohibits the majority of stores to sell liquor during Sundays.
Originally, it all started a long time ago when the majority of stores prohibited businesses to sell certain goods during Sundays – which is traditionally, a day that is meant to be spent for resting and Sabbath. Over the years, the rules and certain laws in Texas have changed, and the majority of these bans were lifted in 1985 – except for the restrictions on auto dealers and liquor.
While the blue law hasn’t been lifted, Senator Ellis has already begun introducing the legislation saying that Texas should start lifting the bans, along with 14 other states.
Most locals got used with the Texas Liquor Law, but if you’re planning on moving to Texas, or at least spending a vacation, and while the law on selling liquors during Sundays still hasn’t changed, has here are some things that you may want to take into consideration:
– If you have events planned on Sundays, make sure that you buy liquor on Saturday, or at least a few days before.
– Going out with your friends? Eating out? The current law states that restaurants and stores can sell wine and beer and can offer other alcoholic drinks only on Sunday afternoons. Make sure that you plan drinking out sessions with your buddies in the afternoon onwards.
– If you can’t make it during weekdays, you may find a few stores that are open, but mind you, they might not be selling hard liquor. You may find some that are allowed to sell beer and wine on Sunday afternoon.
While the Texas Liquor Law still hasn’t changed over the past few years, as a consumer, planning and buying spirits ahead of time is the best way around the problem. Some people don’t really want the hassle of lining up during Sunday afternoon.
Bottomline: Shop for spirits on weekdays, if not, Saturdays might be a little bit piled up, but stores are still open and it’s better than finding a closed store on Sunday. Planning ahead is the key, whether you have a small gathering with family, or you have an upcoming big event to celebrate with friends.