A new law in effect now in Missouri allows restaurants to sell to-go cocktails.
The state had temporarily allowed restaurants to serve alcohol to go during the pandemic, but that is now permanent.
Alcohol can be served with food in a sealed container that’ll discourage drinking and driving.
Booz can also be sold from 6 am Sunday through 1:30 Monday morning, the same hours as the rest of the week.
Before the new liquor law went into effect, alcohol sales were limited to 9 am Sunday morning to midnight.
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Aug. 24, 2021
New Missouri ‘to-go’ alcohol sales law takes effect Aug. 28
Senate Bill 126 also extends hours for alcohol sales on Sundays to between 6 a.m. Sunday and 1:30 a.m. Monday
JEFFERSON CITY – The waiver that allowed Missouri restaurants to sell “to-go” alcoholic drinks beginning on April 14, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, will become permanent when Senate Bill 126<https://www.senate.mo.gov/
Before the waiver, to-go alcohol had to be sold in its original package. The new law means that mixed drinks can be sold for off-premises consumption provided:
· The alcohol container is durable, leak-proof, and sealable, and does not exceed 128 ounces;
· The customer must have ordered and purchased a meal simultaneous with the liquor purchase;
· No more than two alcohol drinks may be sold per meal serving;
· The licensee must provide a dated receipt for the meal and alcohol beverage(s); and
· The sealed alcohol container must either be:
o Placed in a one-time-use, tamperproof, transparent bag which must be securely sealed, or;
o The container opening must be sealed with tamperproof tape.
The law does not allow liquor licensees to sell mixed drinks in typical “to-go” cups or other containers having a lid with a sipping hole or an opening for straws.
Senate Bill 126 also extends the hours during which alcohol can be sold by the drink and at package stores on Sundays. Liquor licensees permitted to make Sunday sales will legally be able to sell alcohol from 6 a.m. Sunday until 1:30 a.m. Monday, the same hours that apply during the rest of the week.2021-08-24 New Missouri to-go alcohol sales law takes effect Aug. 28