Colorado Bars and Restaurants Can Now Serve Alcohol To-Go and Through Delivery

[UPDATE March 23, 2020 at 5:18 p.m.: The City of Denver amended its stay-at-home order to state that liquor stores are now exempt and can continue to operate, as long as they have extreme physical distancing measures in place. Bars and restaurants in Denver may still provide alcohol through delivery and to-go services. Liquor stores elsewhere in the state are still in business.]

On the morning of March 20, Governor Jared Polis held a news conference to update the public on the latest of the State’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The Governor streamed it live on his social media platform.

Among the many updates, Polis relayed was the temporary lifting of the statewide rule that prevents Colorado restaurants and bars from serving alcohol to go and through delivery. Yes, food and beverage establishments that are open for delivery, take-out and drive-thru are now allowed to provide alcohol to customers, which means that you can include booze in your order now if they sell it.

This recent adjustment of the rule greatly benefits bars and restaurants that normally serve alcohol, since booze is a particularly lucrative section of their menu. (That’s something we all realize time and time again after receiving the bill during a night of wining and dining out on the town.)

Bottled Cocktail at Brass Tacks. Photo by Brittni Bell Warshaw.

Of course, those who order alcohol from any of these businesses must present a valid ID, and no samples or tasters will be offered on or offsite.

Before the local government mandates for the cessation of dine-in service was put into place, certain beer, wine spirits manufacturers were already permitted to sell to-go products, and they have continued to do so throughout the past week. However, it is unclear how taprooms — which serve alcohol manufactured by other breweries, wineries and distilleries — will respond to this new legislation.

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