Dusty Rhodes, a famous philosopher and native Texan, once observed, “You don’t know what hard times are Daddy.”
Sure, he was referring to a memorable match with Ric Flair at Starrcade ’85, but if you’re a liquor-drinking Texan (or want to make the full-nog eggnog for the holidays), he could’ve just as easily been referring to our equally renowned holiday liquor store closures.
East Texans may recall last year’s 61-hour liquor store holiday over Christmas.
If you were caught without a 93-octane margarita last year and recall the holidays all too well, here’s what you need to know:
Beer and wine can be purchased every day of the week during specific hours, but Texas has generally been more limited on hard liquor sales. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) prohibits the sale of liquor on the following days:
• Every Sunday of the year.
• The holiday of Thanksgiving.
• The day after Christmas.
• January 1st.
Because Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on Mondays this year, booze stores will be closed.
Here’s how the Year’s Longest 48 Hours break down:
- On Sunday, liquor stores will be closed all day.
- Liquor stores will be closed for the entire day. Christmas Day is on Monday.
- At 10 a.m., liquor outlets will reopen. Tuesday, December 26th (regular business hours)
Plan your drinks accordingly. And, most importantly, keep your Christmas cheerful, bright, and safe.
Drink responsibly, know your limitations, have a designated driver if you’re going out, and keep an eye on your family and friends. Everyone making it home safely and sound is the best gift any of us can give this holiday season.
Oh, and those of you in Borden, Kent, Roberts, and Throckmorton counties are still “dry.” Not exactly a stocking stuffer. In Houston Heights, you still need to join a “club” to order alcohol. So arrange your drives accordingly in order to stock your home bar.