Minnesota’s Strange Liquor Law

Minneapolis Minnesota liquor lawsThe Minnesota liquor law is much different from other states. The Minnesota liquor law makes it harder to get liquor as conveniently as you could in states like Wisconsin for example, where you can purchase it at supermarkets and even gas stations. Although, you can purchase some alcohol at the local supermarket, such as alcohol with an alcohol percentage of 3.2 or lower. High percentage alcohol, like Everclear, is illegal in Minnesota.

Liquor stores in Minnesota are also closed Sundays as well as major holidays. So if you planned on having alcohol on these days your only option would be to stock up beforehand. In addition to this, the Minnesota liquor law states that all liquor stores must be closed by 8 p.m on Christmas Eve as well as some other holidays.

You can only purchase alcohol at most liquor stores between the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Saturday in Minnesota. But some cities, such as St. Paul, require the liquor stores to close as early as 8 p.m. through the majority of the week, and only closing at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Minnesota liquor law doesn’t allow some cities to have privately owned liquor stores, and therefore only has stores which are owned and operated by the city. The money that is generated from these stores is put to good use by funding city projects. St. Paul, Brooklyn Center, and Edina are a few of the cities that do not allow privately owned liquor stores in Minnesota.

The Minnesota liquor law is quite different from neighboring states, like Wisconsin where any type of alcohol can be purchased seven days a week, even Everclear. Besides this, alcohol can be purchased almost anywhere, including supermarkets and gas stations. This is probably why so many Minnesota residents travel to Wisconsin so often on Sundays, since the Minnesota liquor law prevents them from buying it from their own stores.