State Liquor Officials Issue Reminder on New Year’s Eve Hours of Sales and Service
HARTFORD, December 31 – The Department of Consumer Protection Liquor Control Division is stating for the public the hours in which it will be legal for establishments to sell and serve liquor as part of New Year’s celebrations.
Tonight, New Year’s Eve, liquor stores and grocery stores with beer permits may sell permitted products during their normal hours until nine p.m. Bars, restaurants and cafes may serve drinks, beer or wine until 3 a.m. the following morning, January 1st. However, any town, by vote or local ordinance, may have reduced its locally permissible hours. In such towns, the reduced hours mandated by local governance take precedence over State law.
Tomorrow, New Year’s Day, package stores must remain closed; grocery stores may be open but the sale of beer or wine is prohibited. Bars, restaurants, cafes, casinos (food must be available) may serve drinks as their permit allows for normal operation.
Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein reminds party-goers to remain responsible and sensible while enjoying festivities.
“While we encourage persons to enjoy themselves, we also stress the importance of preventing needless tragedies,” Rubenstein said. “If you are hosting a party, don’t serve or provide alcohol to anyone who appears intoxicated or under the age of 21, make food and soft drink choices available, and be sure everyone has a safe ride home. If you’re going out, plan for a designated sober driver.”
The Department of Consumer Protection, through the State Liquor Control Commission, oversees all sales of liquor in the State of Connecticut. As Commissioner of Consumer Protection, Rubenstein is Chairman of the Liquor Control Commission.