Alcohol Laws For Missouri

One of the most alcohol-permissive states, perhaps only behind Nevada and Louisiana:

  • No open container law.
  • No state public intoxication law.
  • Liquor control law covers all beverages containing more than 0.5% alcohol, without further particularities based on percentage.
  • Cities and counties are prohibited from banning off-premises alcohol sales.
  • No dry jurisdictions.
  • State preemption of local alcohol laws which do not follow state law.
  • Certain bars in Kansas City and St. Louis grandfathered into the ability to double as liquor stores.
  • Special licenses available for bars and nightclubs which allow selling alcohol until 3:00am in Kansas City, Jackson County, North Kansas City, St. Louis, and St. Louis County.
  • Grocery stores, drug stores, and even gas stations may sell liquor without limitation other than hours.
  • Patrons allowed to take open containers out of bars in Kansas City's Power & Light District.
  • Parents and guardians may furnish alcohol to their children.
  • Missourians over 21 may manufacture up to 100 gallons of any liquor per year for personal use, without any further state limitation, state taxation, or state license. (Obtaining a permit from the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and meeting other requirements under federal law probably still is required for private citizens to manufacture distilled alcohol - but not wine or beer - for personal use.)
Missouri law recognizes two types of alcoholic beverage: liquor, which is any beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol except "non-intoxicating beer"; and "non-intoxicating beer," which is beer containing between 0.5% and 3.2% alcohol. Liquor laws apply to all liquor, and special laws apply to "non-intoxicating beer."

Can I drink outside of the bar?
Nope. Where do you think you are, Bourbon Street?

Are there certain hours when I can't buy alcohol?
Unfortunately, there are some restrictions here.
In the bar: Most establishments:
At the store: (Mon-Sat) 6:00am-1:30am

You can buy these delights in just a regular grocery store:
For everything else, you'll just have to go to a damn liquor store. Like an animal.

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