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What time can you buy booze in Ohio?

by | Jan 5, 2023 | Firm News

It’s Miller Time! However, Miller Time doesn’t necessarily coincide with the Ohio’s time limits on the sale of alcoholic beverages.

If you’ve gone to a gas station to buy beer after 1:00a, the clerk should not allow you to buy it. Why? Because Ohio law (Ohio Administrative Code Section 4301:1-1-49) has strict time windows when bars, restaurants, and carryouts can — and cannot — sell alcohol.

  • Some liquor permit establishments can’t sell alcohol between 2:30a and 5:30a.
  • Some permit establishment (like gas stations) can’t sell alcohol between 1:00a and 5:30a. 
  • Whether a permit establishment’s cut off time is 1:00a and 2:30a depends on the specific type of permit that was issued by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.

Additionally, liquor sales are generally prohibited on Sundays throughout Ohio without a special permit (permit no. D-6) from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control (and, sometimes, approval of voters in the surrounding area).

Next time you decide it’s Miller Time, first confirm that you’re legally able to buy your adult beverage of choice.