Arizona residents can order takeout cocktails starting today following a bipartisan bill passed by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in May. Policy was a priority for the governor following the positive economic impact of the take-out alcohol sale on businesses statewide during the pandemic.
On March 19, 2020, the governor issued an executive order restricting the application of regulations banning the sale and delivery of alcoholic beverages along with the purchase of food to help mitigate the financial consequences of the pandemic-related hiatus on certain business operations . HB 2773, sponsored by Representative Jeff Weninger, is continuously enabling Arizona businesses to offer on-the-go cocktails beyond the pandemic.
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Starting today, bars and liquor stores can sell take-out cocktails and restaurants can apply to the Arizona Department of Liquor Control and Licensing (DLLC) to lease privileges to sell liquor. cocktails to take away.
Here’s what you need to know:
Arizona restaurants that have a Series 12 license can apply to rent take-out cocktail privileges at bars and liquor stores. The DLLC is currently accepting applications at https://azliquor.gov/forms.cfm. Once a restaurant’s application is approved, the DLLC will match it with a bar or liquor store licensee to whom the restaurant must pay a lease in order to sell take-out cocktails.
When a restaurant sells mixed take-out cocktails to a consumer, it must also sell at least one take-out from a regular menu, a special menu, or a happy hour menu.
Arizona bars that have a Series 6 license can sell take-out cocktails starting today and do not need to apply to the DLLC to rent this privilege. Series 6 bars do not need to sell food products with the sale of take out mixed cocktails.
Bars will not lose their privilege of selling mixed cocktails to go when paired with a restaurant looking to rent mixed cocktails to go privileges.
Arizona liquor stores that have a Series 9 license can sell take-out cocktails starting today and do not need to apply to the DLLC to rent this privilege. Series 9 liquor stores do not need to sell food products with the sale of take-out cocktails.
Liquor stores will not lose their privilege of selling take-out cocktails when paired with a restaurant looking to rent out cocktail-to-go privileges.
For more information, please visit the DLLC FAQ HERE.