I read on the internet (and the internet is filled with misinformation) that bars & saloons & taverns in Texas were prohibited from serving hard liquor until 1971. (Beer and wine were ok.) Does anyone know if this is true? I just can't fathom that it was illegal to drink whiskey in Texas bars for most of the 20th century.
I was stationed in San Antonio from 1962-1966. In several outlying counties were strange rules. In one you could bring your own bottle in and the place would make you buy a glass with ice. And the bottle could never be allowed to stand up on or under the table, had to lay on it's side. In another you could only get into a bar if accompanied by your Dad. was no problem finding a dad outside the bar. LOL
Standard practice for most servicemen was to order a national brand pitcher of beer for $5, then after finishing that off, order Lone Star
at $2 a pitcher from then on.
Until recently, in Washington state you could only buy liquor form a state-run liquor store. We finally voted that out and now you can get it at Target, Safeway, Costco, etc.
About half the counties in Kansas are still dry. Grocery stores and Wal-Mart etc. are only allowed to sell 3.2 beer and wine. Only liquor stores can sell full beer and spirits and no one can own more than one store or two per married couple. Sunday liquor sales were not allowed until 2002, each county has to approve Sunday sales and 15% have. This law was changed because one year New Year's Eve was on a Sunday and sales/revenue were way down. Starting on July 1 this year happy hour is legal again. Previously, prices for all alcoholic drinks at bars had to be the same all day. Additionally, prices must be consistent for the quantity sold. So if a 16oz draw of Bud Light is $3 a 32oz. draw must be $6. Volume discounts are not allowed.