Change to Utah liquor law means you can soon order that Bloody Mary an hour earlier at weekend brunch

First Published      Last Updated Mar 16 2017 03:08 pm

On July 1, 2018, brunch will get a boost in Utah.

That's when diners will be able to order a Bloody Mary, mimosa or other alcoholic drinks beginning at 10:30 a.m. on weekends, state and federal holidays and at private events under a bill passed last week by the Utah Legislature.

Currently, liquor cannot be served until 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

The earlier alcohol service hours were adopted last week as part of HB442, a massive liquor reform bill that, among other changes, modified the barrier requirements — aka "Zion Curtains" — in Utah restaurants. Gov. Gary Herbert is expected to sign the bill into law.

Restaurants are happy about the additional liquor service hour as it means "they can serve alcohol on weekends, holidays and special [events], specifically to accommodate brunches," the Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association states in a member newsletter.

Weekday liquor service for restaurants remains the same, allowed Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

There also are no changes for bars, which can sell alcohol between 10 a.m. and 1 a.m. seven days a week.