There are many bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Arizona, so it's important to note that the liquor laws may not be the same as where you're visiting the state from.
The legal drinking age, hours that alcohol may be purchased or served, and other laws related to liquor consumption vary from state to state across the United States. For most people, knowing the most important rules about drinking and liquor sales in Arizona should keep you out of trouble.
All information provided on this page is current as of January 2018 laws. However, you should consult the official Arizona Liquor Law website before you travel to make sure everything is up-to-date and you don't violate any legislation that may have recently been passed.
10 Important Rules About Liquor in Arizona
While you aren't likely to run into much trouble on your trip to Arizona if you follow your own state (or country's) rules governing the consumption, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages, there are a few laws in the state that may differ from your own. These top 10 liquor laws should cover most of the basics, though.
- Liquor can be served by a licensed business from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays used to be different, but that changed in 2010 when the hours on Sunday were expanded to include the same hours as the other six days of the week.
- A licensed business can't allow any alcohol to be consumed on-premise after 2:30 a.m.
- It is illegal for customers of licensed businesses to have liquors in open containers between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m.
- The legal drinking age in the State of Arizona is 21.
- An underage person can be in a bar if accompanied by a spouse, parent, or legal guardian of legal drinking age, or is an on-duty employee of the business. The underage person can't drink any alcoholic beverages.
- A customer must produce valid I.D. if asked by the establishment to show it in order to be served alcohol.
- It is illegal to use fake I.D. to purchase liquor. An underage person who tries to buy liquor with a fake I.D. could be charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor and could go to jail.
- An obviously intoxicated person can stay in a bar for 30 minutes from the time the state of intoxication is known. This allows time to arrange for proper transportation from the premises.
- It is illegal for a retail licensee to conduct drinking contests, or provide a person with an unlimited number of alcoholic beverages during any set period of time for a fixed price, to provide more than fifty ounces of beer, one liter of wine, or four ounces of distilled spirits at one time for a person's consumption. (ARS 4-244.23)
- Penalties and costs for a DUI conviction in Arizona are severe—drinking and driving are highly discouraged.
Other Drinking Rules and Safety Tips
Whether you're visiting Arizona for the first time or you've been coming to the Grand Canyon State for years, it's important to be cautious when drinking anywhere away from home—especially if you're traveling alone. In addition to
As of January 2017, Arizona joined forty-one other states in relaxing the laws regarding wine shipments for personal consumption.
Arizona residents may now have up to six cases of wine per year shipped to their home from any winery that obtains a permit from the state.
If you are interested in obtaining an Arizona Liquor License, you can find all the requirements, types of liquor licenses available, and the forms for application at the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses & Control website.