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.



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

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Drive-through liquor stores? No problem.

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Illegal to ride a horse under the influence.

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Boozing may be prohibited during hurricanes.

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

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Sorry, no running tabs.

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No happy hours allowed.

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New Hampshire

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

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Stores must sell alcoholic drinks at room temperature.

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South Carolina

No liquor sold on election day.

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

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