6 NC Liquor Laws That Will Make You Cringe

By: Davon Bailey
IG: @zenprodigy

Pay Attention When Moving to a New State!

When you move to a new city or state, one thing you’ll discover is that sometimes the laws you’re bound by are not necessarily the same as those in the home you left. In Charlotte, we love our breweries, bars, clubs and restaurants. But, did you know NC has some strange alcohol laws?

Some aren’t enforced as heavily as others, but technically they’re still laws…Here’s 6 that will make you say…”What??”.

#1 Happy hours are illegal in NC.

In North Carolina, ABC permitted establishments can only offer happy hour food specials. This means I can be a gluten, rushing to shove food in my stomach, but I can’t down a few ‘brewskies’ to quickly relieve my workday stresses??? Come on!

ABC Rule 2S.0232 (b) states, “An on-premise permittee or his agent shall not give away a drink or sell the drink for any period of time less than one full business day.”

#2 A pitcher of alcoholic beverages must be served to two or more customers.

How else will I be able wash down all the food I’ve eaten from happy hour???

#3 Private clubs must be open to only members and their guests.

New members must submit a written membership application, and the business must keep it on file as long as the person is a member. A membership roster with all members’ names and addresses in alphabetical order must be kept on the premises at all times.

#4 It is illegal to serve or sell an alcoholic beverage to anyone who is already drunk or impaired.

If you’re one of the following or show any of the below signs of impairment, you may have your next drink refused.

Signs of Impairment:

  • The Drink Spiller
  • The Money Fumbler
  • The Stumbler

Behavior and Personality Changes:

  • The Loner
  • The Entertainer
  • The Agitator

Speech Patterns:

  • Loud
  • Talking
  • Bragging
  • Arguing
  • Swearing
  • Complaining
  • Slurred Speech

#5 Bingo games may not last more than five hours, and alcohol is not allowed at bingo games.

How else will I ever show my Grandma a great time when she comes to visit?

#6 You can get a DWI on a horse.

Don’t let your friends ride their horse home drunk.  They can pick it up in the morning.

Other ways to get a DWI- tractor, bicycle, and electronic scooter.

If you’re interested in reading more about North Carolina’s ABC Laws, you can check out the ABC Quick Reference Guide here.