Margarita Madness: Which States Offer Drive-Through Alcohol?
Every state has drive-through food available, but what about drive-through liquor stores where you can stay in your car, truck, or SUV? In some areas, alcohol isn’t available after certain times or on certain days. Frequently, liquor stores will set up camp right on the line of the town to serve those out of the area. Car safety aside, which states allow you to purchase alcohol through a drive-thru window?
Drive-through alcohol sales make the process quick
According to this comprehensive list by Thrillist, 30 out of 50 states offer drive-thru alcohol sales. While you can always get drive-thru food and even a drive-in movie experience, what else does the illustrious drive-through business model offer?
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, and Florida offer drive-through alcohol
Arizona makes drive-through liquor sales easy. Phoenix, in particular, is a hub for such services. In fact, there is a whole guide to finding the best drive-thru liquor stores in the Phoenix New Times. It is basically a tourist attraction, so hop in the car and check out the sights.
Arkansas has a lot of drive-thru alcohol sales options. Because many of the counties are dry counties, many Arkansas stores sit right on the county’s edge. This allows patrons to pop across the county line, pick up some margarita supplies, and head home. Not a bad idea.
California offers drivers the luxury of driving through the store. The Alta Dena Drive-In Dairy store allows drivers to drive through the store while staying in the car. Colorado also offers the service, along with drive-through marijuana sales. And as far as Florida goes, obviously, Florida would allow alcohol sales at a drive-thru.
You can find drive-through alcohol in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas
Georgia offers “package stores,” which package items in sealed bags that allow buyers to drive them home. Most of the time, you can drive up to the window and place your order. Signed, sealed, and delivered to the front seat.
Idaho, Illinois, and Kansas offer car sales, but Iowa’s take the cake. According to the State of Iowa, the sale of alcoholic beverages is permitted from 6 AM until 2 AM Monday through Saturday. In order to sell alcohol on Sundays, a Sunday sales permit is required. But don’t worry, there is always drive-through alcohol available.
Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, and Michigan have drive-thru alcohol
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail shows travelers how to make and drink bourbon along the way. But if that isn’t your cup of tea, you can simply stop for bourbon from your car and get on the way.
Louisiana is probably the most fun state on the list for drive-thru alcohol. Since the people of New Orleans love frozen daiquiris, drive-through daiquiris are a favorite pastime. Cajun Daiquiri & Café is the most famous, offering ridiculously strong drinks with on-theme flavors.
Maine offers beverages to-go, so be sure to stop here before heading out of state. You never know when you’ll need an emergency six-pack from the Maine Beer Company. Maryland offers beverages to-go, but Michigan is also famous for the service. The University of Michigan students would riot if the government took it away.
Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Ohio do too
There’s nothing too exciting about the drive-thru sales in Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Ohio. North Dakota makes the most sense since it is like the North Pole there. Not getting out of the car for liquor makes a lot of sense. Ohio is pretty cold too. Actually, it makes sense that many of the colder climate states are on the drive-through alcohol list for that reason.
Plus, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas
Pennsylvania has very strict state-run liquor stores, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join at the drive-through. Rhode Island and South Dakota are both on board with the idea, and Tenessee even has shops run by robots. You can pick up whatever you need through an automated system that delivers your goods via a conveyor belt.
Texas offers drive-through frozen margaritas to rival that of Louisiana, but the state also provides regular alcohol.
And finally, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
Utah isn’t exactly known for being the life of the party, and the drive-through liquor laws are no different. Stores can sell beer and wine up to 3.2%, which seems rude given the conditions. So you can grab a Mike’s Hard Lemonade (hopefully), but don’t plan on picking up any Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Virginia has stores called “brew-thrus” that allow patrons to breeze through. One brand, in particular, Gumby’s Cigarette & Beer World, has the state of West Virginia locked down. Gumby’s takes care of the West Virginia people and keeps everyone in the car.
In Wisconsin, the state wants to lower the drinking age to 19 to try and get a handle on college binge drinking. But that doesn’t mean you can’t slide by the drive-through for alcohol now. Good luck with the rest of that, Wisconsin. We can’t forget Wyoming, where you can pick up some quality Wyoming Whiskey from the drive-through.
Wherever you end up, there’s a good chance drive-up alcohol sales are available nearby. Be sure to Google the local laws before setting off with a daiquiri in the front seat, though.