Alcohol Laws For Pennsylvania

This one is a real doozy:

PA has three types of purveyors of packaged alcoholic beverages. The first (and easiest to understand) are state controlled liquor/wine stores which operate the same way other government stores do.

Beer is sold in two types of stores, depending on the volume. For an amount of beer less than or equal to 128 Fluid ounces you must go to a "bottle shop", which sells only up to one twelve pack at a time. Want a second twelver? You literally have to set the first one on the curb outside and return to the store. They will make you do this. We didn't believe it either but it is true.

Most professional drinkers in the Keystone State skip the bottle shop and head straight for "distributer" type stores where you can buy as much beer as you want (as long as you want MORE than 128 fluid ounces). Many of these stores are drive through, be sure to tip the attendant when they deliver your cases of Yuengling, Lionshead, or Iron City!

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: Last call is 2 AM at bars & bottle shops. There is an exception for private clubs which are graciously allowed to serve for an extra hour.
At the store: From Mon. to Sat. liquor stores may open at 9 am and close as late as 10 pm. Sunday liquor is sold between 12pm and 5pm. The sale of cases of beer is not limited statewide 6 Days a week (not before 11 on Sunday) but local laws normally restrict sales to "liquor store" hours.

What about alcohol sales in grocery stores?
This is one of those places where you have to buy all your alcohol from the state run liquor store. We recommend finding another place to be in.

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