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Dec 22, 2012 11:09 AM

Liquor stores open on Christmas day

Last year, I didn't buy enough beer for the whole gang, and I had to make a 911 run out to Wisconsin. Are there any liquor stores in the metro that are open in case I run out and need to get more? Yes, my family are alcoholics :)

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  1. Since Minn Stat. ยง 340A.504 Subd. 4(4) requires them to be closed on Christmas day, it looks like you should stock up on Monday (before 8pm -- that's Subd. 4(5)) or be prepared to drive across the border again.

    1. State liquor off sale law says:

      Subd. 4.Intoxicating liquor; off-sale.

      No sale of intoxicating liquor may be made by an off-sale licensee:

      (1) on Sundays;

      (2) before 8:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m. on Monday through Saturday;

      (3) on Thanksgiving Day;

      (4) on Christmas Day, December 25; or

      (5) after 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24.

      So the answer is to stock up on Monday....

      6 Replies
      1. re: bkmnus

        Ahhhh. Blue Laws.

        Thanks for the info.

        1. re: jeff55432

          We can all hope that MN can one day move out of the stone age (in terms of liquor laws). It would be nice to be able to buy a bottle of wine in a grocery store on a Sunday - like you can in most other states.

          1. re: bkmnus

            +1. It's embarrassing. Utah is almost less weird. About alcohol sales, I mean.
            Personally, I'm looking forward to the Walgreens bottle shops :)

            1. re: splatgirl

              It was nice to pick up a six pack at a Chicago Walgreen's when I was there recently.

          2. re: jeff55432

            I've wondering why they call them "blue"--anyone know?

            1. re: Enso

              In the 1700s, "blue" was a word that referred negatively to something based on strict morals or religious rules. Somehow just "blue laws" made it through the evolution of language on that one.

        2. If you're that into drinking, why don't you just buy extra? It'll get used up eventually, eh?