There are more and more towns in New York State who are putting OPEN CONTAINER LAWS into place and letting you walk around with beers and drinks. There are other locations that are not even allowing you to BUY ANY ALCOHOL at bars, restaurants or gas stations.

There are 4 different municipalities in New York State that have no open container law, meaning you can walk around town with your drink in your hand!

Towns that Ban Alcohol in New York State

Dry towns across the Empire State have no alcohol allowed.

Gallery Credit: Rob Banks

New York State does not allow the sale of alcohol before 10 AM at bars and restaurants, unless they have applied for a special-use permit.

Why can you only buy alcohol at certain times on Sunday in New York State?

The law is definitely evolving and allowing people to drink earlier and earlier. According to NABCA:

The background behind these rules has a complex past that is also older than the American culture. Economic benefits, public health and safety concerns, and the separation of church and state play key roles in government decisions on the Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages

When can you buy alcohol on Sunday in New York State?

According to the New York State website, here are the hours that you can buy alcohol in New York State. Recently, the times have changed and instead of buying alcohol on Sundays at NOON, they have dropped the hours to 10 AM.

 Here is when you CAN buy alcohol in New York State:


Restaurant, Bars and Taverns

Here are the hours you can buy alcohol:

Weekdays: 8:00 AM - 4:00 AM

Sundays: 10:00 AM - 4:00 AM

Christmas Day: Normal hours apply


Grocery and Convenience Stores

Weekdays: 24 open hours

Sundays: 12:00 AM - 3:00 AM; 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Christmas Day: Normal hours apply

Liquor and Wine Stores

Weekdays: 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Sunday: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Christmas Day: Normal hours apply