The Times has a look at some of the zany liquor laws in good ol’ Utah. Even though the booze regulations have supposedly relaxed out there, well, we sure as hell still wouldn’t want to live there. Let’s take a look at some of the choice bits:
-If you’re classified as a restaurant, patrons are not allowed to see the booze, or the bartenders, before your drink arrives at the table. This means operators have their bartenders work behind an opaque screen.
-No drink specials are allowed. Ever. $2 buds on Monday nights? Forget it.
-Bars can’t pour a drink that contains more than 1.5 ounces of base alcohol at a time, and you can’t stiffen a drink with a second shot. So, if you order a vodka soda, you can’t order a shot of vodka, but you can order a shot of whiskey. Wha???
-If you’re in a restaurant, you can’t order a drink unless you order food. Again, the only thing we can say is “wha???”
It’s all well and good that things are relaxing, but until we can order our crystal-clear martini in Mormon-land, we’re going to stay away.