Experienced And Knowledgeable With Both The Alcohol beverage Industry And The Law

Understanding alcohol laws in Florida compared to other states

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2023 | alcohol beverage law

Laws about the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages can vary significantly from one state to another. Each state has its own set of regulations, and businesses operating across or within state should be aware of those laws pertaining to their businesses. Understanding Florida laws is crucial for any establishment that sells or serves alcohol in the state.

Is it legal for a business to sell alcohol on Sundays in Florida?

In the United States, four states ban liquor sales on Sundays while nine others allow counties to prohibit the sale. Florida falls into the latter category. This means that, for the most part, businesses can sell alcohol on Sundays in Florida. However, business owners should be mindful of the county they are operating in, as some counties may not allow Sunday liquor sales.

Can you take alcohol to go in Florida?

Florida is one of four states where alcohol can be sold “to go,” so long as containers remain closed until the patron gets home. This means that the lid should be intact, and nothing should have been consumed from the container. This is not permitted in most states, so it may be a unique advantage for Florida businesses.

What alcohol laws are present in other states that are not in Florida?

There are several alcohol-related laws that apply in other states but are not present in Florida. For example, eight states do not allow discounted drinks after the workday, commonly known as happy hour. In Florida, however, happy hour is permitted. Florida also does not restrict the sale of alcohol on Election Day, unlike Massachusetts and Alaska, which continue to do so.

For businesses operating in Florida’s hospitality and entertainment industries, understanding the state’s liquor laws is of utmost importance. The ability to serve alcohol on Sundays and offer to-go options may give businesses more opportunities to attract customers and boost revenue. However, it is important to always operate within the laws that are on the books. Florida business owners can benefit from legal advice when working out their alcohol sale and serving procedures.

Recent Posts


About the Blog

The foregoing was prepared as general information. It is not meant to provide legal advice granting any specific matter and should not be acted upon without professional counsel. If you have questions or require additional information regarding these or other related matters, please contact Malkin Law, P.A. This material may be considered attorney advertising under certain rules of professional conduct.