Liquor Laws in Park City and Surroundings

Liquor Laws in Park City and Surroundings

Post by Dave Stalla » Fri, 23 Sep 1994 20:57:37




   > We're heading to Park City in March...is someone familiar with the
   > rules for purchasing *** out there?  As I understand it, you can

   I'm not sure of the specifics of Park City's variations on the Utah
   liquor laws, but you'll have no problem getting a beer after skiing. In
   practice the liquor laws are only a little more annoying than other
   places, though they sound more strict. I think if you want to drink
   harder stuff, you have to do it at a private club, which is basically a
   bar where you buy a membership at the door for $5.

Many, though not all, of the bars in Park City are set up as so-called
"private clubs".  It's a very funny rule.  At one bar, I was charged
the membership fee, though the guy at the door seemed a little
embarassed about it.  At another, "The Down Under" on lower Main St.,
when I entered the doorman called out to a rather large, rough looking
patron: "Hey Joe - will you sponsor this guy?".  Joe gave me an
aggressive look and asked "Are you from California?".  "No" I replied
a little nervously, "I'm from Massachusetts".  "Well that's ok.  I
just hate Californians."

So bottom line, some stranger can "sponsor" you and you avoid the
fee.   You may want to lie about your home address, though.

  Dave

 
 
 

Liquor Laws in Park City and Surroundings

Post by MAD, MAD, MAD SCIENTI » Sat, 24 Sep 1994 01:13:51


When I lived in SLC a few years back the liquor stores
were run by the state.  Almost all closed by 7 PM.  If you
want to by beer in the liquor stores they are sold individually
not by the six-pack or case.  There are two types of bars- clubs
and public bars.  In the public bars you order your setup for your
drink (ie the tonic and lime) then you go to a little tiny state
run liquor store next door and by your little minibottle (ie gin)
and take it back to your table and add it to your setup.  The cost
ends up to be rather expensive.  In the clubs (which usually have
an annual membership fee) they either bring the minibottle to your
table or keep your own bottle for you behind the counter.  I would
suggest bringing your own liquor and making your own drinks in
your hotel room (or wherever you're staying) if you are worried
about money.

Quote:

> We're heading to Park City in March...is someone familiar with the
> rules for purchasing *** out there?  As I understand it, you can
> buy 3.2 beer in a grocery store, but you have to go to a liquor store
> to buy the real stuff.  What about having a drink in a bar?  Do you
> have to buy food before you're served?  Not that we're a bunch of
> heavy drinkers, but several members of our party enjoy having a beer
> after a long day on the slopes.  Thanks in advance for the answers.

> MB
> --
> Mary Beth Taormina           *  The difference between ignorance  *

> Richmond, VA                 *  limits.                           *  


 
 
 

Liquor Laws in Park City and Surroundings

Post by Jeff Wei » Sat, 24 Sep 1994 08:29:36

Ok, here's the laws:

You can get beer just about anywhere - supermarkets, so-called beer-bars,
restaurants, and clubs.  If the place does not have a "liquor license",
the beer will be "3-2" beer, i.e. 3.2% ***.  If you drink bud, it is
around 3.5% so for cheap beer no difference.

If you want to serve real beer and hard liquor, you need a liquor license.
You don't need to be a club to get one - many restaurants and bars have
them.  The lucky people with a liquor license still have to buy their
good beer and hard liquor from the state liquor stores.  I believe that
the number of liquor licenses available in a given area is limited, so
for instance in PC one has to wait for another place to close down before
a new license will be available for purchase.  All hard *** drinks
are metered to 1 oz, so there are no "doubles" or "pitchers" of
margaritas, etc.  You must finish your drink before getting another.

The reason that there are so many clubs on Main St. in PC is that it
used to be that you had to be a private club to serve hard liquor, and
the clubs must enjoy the extra revenue that they get at the door in
the form of cover charges.  So tell the big ugly fellow at the door
that you're wise to his scam and you just won't take it any more.

Jeff Weiss
Park City, UT

 
 
 

Liquor Laws in Park City and Surroundings

Post by abouc » Fri, 23 Sep 1994 23:33:29



Quote:
> We're heading to Park City in March...is someone familiar with the
> rules for purchasing *** out there?  As I understand it, you can
> buy 3.2 beer in a grocery store, but you have to go to a liquor store
> to buy the real stuff.  What about having a drink in a bar?  Do you
> have to buy food before you're served?  Not that we're a bunch of
> heavy drinkers, but several members of our party enjoy having a beer
> after a long day on the slopes.  Thanks in advance for the answers.

I'm not sure of the specifics of Park City's variations on the Utah
liquor laws, but you'll have no problem getting a beer after skiing. In
practice the liquor laws are only a little more annoying than other
places, though they sound more strict. I think if you want to drink
harder stuff, you have to do it at a private club, which is basically a
bar where you buy a membership at the door for $5. Snowbird has it set
up so that the whole place is a private club. It's not really a good
idea for us flatland easterners to drink much out there if we have any
intention of doing any good skiing- the thin dry air can be a real
problem if you get dehydrated and you're already a bit oxygen starved.

alan

 
 
 

Liquor Laws in Park City and Surroundings

Post by Jeff Wei » Sun, 25 Sep 1994 01:30:28

This is no longer the case - "brownbagging" and minibottles
have been eliminated.
 
 
 

Liquor Laws in Park City and Surroundings

Post by N1skib » Thu, 10 Nov 1994 02:20:19


Quote:
Stallard) writes:

If you go to any of the clubs that serve dinner. Tell the door man that
you are going to eat dinner.  She will then allow you in free or sponcer
you.