The second-largest state in America, Texas, is known for being big. It also boasts the second-largest population, the largest honky-tonk, and the largest Texan. When it comes to liquor laws, there can be some big confusion.
Days and Hours
Texas has some of the more complex and confusing alcohol laws in the United States. For example, the days and house alcohol can be consumed on-premises or purchased for off-premises consumption vary. The variations depend on several factors such as the day of the week, the type of establishment, and the unique requirements of the local government where the alcohol license is issued. The laws are so complicated that many in the alcohol business consult with experts to help them work through the process of getting an alcohol license Dallas TX.
Age and Responsibility
Also, Texas is one of only ten states where it is legal for minors to consume alcohol in Texas. This comes with the additional requirement of having their adult spouse, parent, or legal guardian visibly present when the alcohol is consumed. The supervisory adult must also be willing to accept legal responsibility for their potentially damaging actions while intoxicated. It is not legal, however, for these adults to provide alcohol for other minors. More detailed information is available at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission webpage.
Wet and Dry
There is still prohibition in Texas. Yes, Texas is one of only nine states that still have “dry” counties where the sale of alcohol is banned. Currently, five counties out of 254 in Texas are dry. A total of 56 counties are completely “wet,” meaning alcohol is sold, and the rest are considered “part wet,” meaning alcohol sales vary. A dry county that has at least one wet city is referred to as “moist.” When traveling and drinking in Texas, it is wise to keep abreast of the degree of wetness or lack thereof.