Feb 9, 2021 - News

Minnesota unlikely to authorize cocktails to-go any time soon

Picture of hands wearing globes about to grab two plastic cups with iced tea

Restaurants and bars in New York have been serving to-go cocktails since March. Photo: Victor J. Blue/Getty Images

Still holding out for cocktails to-go here in Minnesota? Prepare to keep waiting.

What's happening: While other states have temporarily relaxed their laws, a plea from bars and restaurants to OK the sale of liquor and mixed drinks with takeout has faced resistance at Minnesota's Legislature for months.

The other side: Republican Sen. Gary Dahms, a key committee chair, says he remains opposed to the idea "even on a limited basis."

  • In a statement, Dahms said he's still concerned about diverting sales "from one type of struggling business to another" as well as "the idea of having mixed cocktails in people's vehicles."
  • Of note: Dahms didn't specify what he meant by "struggling business." If it was liquor stores, they're actually doing quite well.

The big picture: Governors in some other states have allowed to-go liquor via executive order.

  • The Walz administration's public position, however, has been that they don't have the authority to do this themselves.

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