The 12 Weirdest Liquor Laws in America

Don’t you dare try to ride a horse under the influence in Colorado, run up a tab in Iowa, or drink a cold beer in Oklahoma.


Texas isn’t the only state with weird liquor laws. All over the country, “blue laws,” originally intended to keep Christian citizens on the straight and narrow, are still on the books. Did we forget one? Tell us about your state or town’s laws in the comments below.

To read about the law in Texas that allows officers to arrest people for public intoxication inside bars, click here.

 

Alabama

No beer bottles bigger than 16 ounces. Wine labels may not be “immodest or sensuous”—one with a naked, bike-riding nymph is banned.

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Alaska

No alcohol sales between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.

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Arizona

Drive-through liquor stores? No problem.

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Colorado

Illegal to ride a horse under the influence.

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Florida

Boozing may be prohibited during hurricanes.

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Georgia

Public drunkenness is illegal, but drinking in public is fine.

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Iowa

Sorry, no running tabs.

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Massachusetts

No happy hours allowed.

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New Hampshire

State-run liquor stores conveniently located at highway rest stops.

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Oklahoma

Stores must sell alcoholic drinks at room temperature.

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South Carolina

No liquor sold on election day.

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Texas

Anyone under 21 can drink if they’re with their parents—or spouse.

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