I was watching a travel show last night, and the host mentioned that there was a law in this particular place (he didnt mention if it was a national, regional or local law) that last call for a drink was at 11:30 pm.
This struck me as really early, as even here in straightlaced Utah, last call is a statewide mandated 1 am, (although on sunday nights they have to actually stop selling anything but 3.2 beer after midnight, which is bizzare even in a place famous for it’s wierdo liquor laws) which is not too different from other places I have been to.
I know California has a statewide last call cutoff of 2 am, as does both Oregon and Washington.
Many of us know that both Nevada and Louisiana have NO statewide law that prevents the serving/selling of alcohol at any time, and you can easily go to a bar in Reno or New Orleans at 4:30 in the morning and order a dozen mezcal shooters, and no one will blink an eye, but these states are certainly not the norm. Louisiana may have certain areas/parrishes that do have local last call laws in place, but no statewide law.
(BTW you can also buy a half gallon of rotgut vodka at a grocery store in Nevada or Louisiana at 4 am and drive off into the night with it, as the no last call in bars also means there is no cutoff time for package liquor sales)
What are some of the earliest and latest cutoffs that you know about?
I am more interested in legal cutoffs rather than “I know a little joint that shuts down nightly at 9 pm because the owner needs to get to bed” situations, but any good stories to share are certainly welcome.
International destinations are always interesting as well; I have found that despite it’s “anything goes” reputation, Amsterdam is much, much harder to find a place open for a late night (say after 3 am) beer in than Madrid, Prague, or Brussels for example…