Tennessee Liquor Laws: the State Legislature Uncorked the Issue
WHEN CAN I BUY ALCOHOL IN TENNESSEE?
Most of us have experienced that moment of heart-stopping realization: it’s late Saturday night and you forgot to make a liquor store run for your Sunday brunch party (or football pre-game). Knowing the stores won’t be open the next day, you race (or Uber) to the closest store. A new law headed to the Governor’s desk could allow you to wait until the next day: SUNDAY.
It was previously against the law for wine and liquor to be sold on Sundays at retail stores in Tennessee. However, citizens were able to enjoy their beer if they buy it at grocery and convenience stores.
Changes in Tennessee liquor laws in 2018
Recently, the legislature decided to make Sundays fun again and uncork the prohibition of Sunday wine and liquor sales. The Tennessee General Assembly approved HB 1540 that would allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays and allow wine to be sold in grocery stores on Sundays.
Above all, there will be no more yellow tape around the wine display at Whole Foods.
Here’s the good stuff from the bill:
- As a result of this new law, grocery stores and liquor stores will be permitted to sell beer, wine, and liquor from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day of the week.
- However, liquor will remain unavailable on Easter, Labor Day, New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
- It seems this new bill is a win-win for everyone because the bill is expected to increase state revenue in excess of $2,883,800 and increase local revenues across the state.
- Liquor stores will get a head start in front of grocery stores, as they will be permitted to open on Sundays as soon as the bill becomes a law.
- Grocery stores will have to wait until January 1, 2019 to start selling wine seven days a week.
Tennessee’s House of Representatives passed the proposal on a 55-35 vote. Surprisingly, it was a closer call in the Senate with a 17-11 vote in favor. The bill is on Governor Haslam’s desk awaiting his signature.
UPDATE ON TENNESSEE’S NEW LIQUOR LAW
Governor Haslam signed the bill and you can now make those Sunday Funday runs to the liquor store. For a summary of the bill, check the right of the screen.
LAW ALLOWING THE SALE OF Liquor ON SundayS IN TENNESSEE PassED
→ Liquor stores may sell alcohol on Sundays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.
→ Alcohol may not be sold on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter.
→ As required by TN state law, liquor stores must “mark up” the price of spirits by 10%.
→ As required by TN state law, liquor stores must “mark up” the price 20%.
→ Grocery stores may not sell wine on Sundays until Jan. 6, 2019.
→ After Jan. 6, 2019, grocery stores may sell wine on Sundays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.
→ Finally…After Jan. 6, 2019, grocery stores may sell wine on any holiday.