On Dec. 21, Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order allowing the sale of to-go cocktails in the state, and since then, we’ve had a few questions about the order, as well as folks inquiring where they can purchase expertly mixed libations they can enjoy at home. So today, let’s whet our thirst for knowledge on the topic.
The governor’s order is a temporary measure slated to last through 5 p.m., Jan. 31, unless otherwise modified or extended. It is intended to both slow the spread of coronavirus by allowing the drinks to be sold to-go (thus minimizing the time folks would otherwise spend around each other) and help support the food + beverage industry.
DYK 30+ states have passed similar measures since the spring? Earlier in 2020, NC lawmakers pushed for a bill that would allow restaurants to sell to-go cocktails, but the NC Senate didn’t pass it.
Here are the details:
- It allows restaurants, hotels, private clubs + bars, and distilleries to sell + deliver to-go cocktails and mixed drinks.
- Customers must be at least 21, and only one drink can be ordered at a time per patron. In order to meet the age verification, each person must be present to pick up their own cocktail or present at delivery.
- For both pick up + delivery, libations must be in a closed + sealed container at all times.
- Dining in but can’t finish your cocktail? No worries, you can take the rest home as long as staff seal it securely for you.
- You don’t have to order food with your drink.
- You won’t find any Big Gulps here — to-go cocktails must be the same size as standard mixed-drinks sold for on-site consumption.
- Bizzes may be open past the state’s current modified stay at home curfew of 10 p.m., but only for to-go orders.
- Alcohol sales in NC stop at 2 a.m.
The good news for local imbibers? Whether you’re craving a margarita or a speciality craft creation, there are a number of places you can hit up for tasty to-go sips that will help take the sting out of missing a seat at your favorite cocktail spot. From what we found out this weekend, these spots include Antidote, Cantina Louie South Asheville, Cecilia’s Kitchen, Copper Crown, the Golden Pineapple, the Marketplace Restaurant & Lounge, Sunny Point Cafe, White Duck Taco Shop, and Zia Taqueria.
Did we miss any spots? Let us know in the comments below — and tell us your favorite to-go drink order while you’re at it. 🍸