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liquor laws in texas

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liquor laws in texas

Going to Texas in October. We are arriving on a Sunday. Does Costco sell liqour and wine. Seems like most liqour stores are closed Sunday. What about walmart and the grocery stores. Where is a good place. Thanks

Houston, Texas
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1. Re: liquor laws in texas

On Sundays beer and wine may be sold after 12pm. No liquor sales on Sundays . There are dry counties. Liquor may be sold by restaurants and bars on Sunday after 10am. Grocery stores (including costco) don't sell liquor. Leftover blue laws.

https://www.tabc.state.tx.us/faq/general.asp

Edited: 22 August 2016, 09:51
Houston, Texas
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2. Re: liquor laws in texas

To add to what Ystoner has said, you can buy mixed drinks in bars/restaurants which have mixed drink permits even on Sundays, but you cannot legally buy bottles from those bars. (I thought it was after noon, but I'll defer to him on the time.)

Do yourself a favor if you're staying anywhere near Downtown--visit Spec's at 2410 Smith St. Not only are the prices the lowest in town (especially if you pay in cash for a further 5% discount), but the selection is absolutely incredible, not just for liquor, but for wines, beer, deli selections, and much more! It truly is a Houston attraction! (Unfortunately not open on Sundays, according to Texas law.)

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3. Re: liquor laws in texas

Probably don't need to say this, but I will anyway--Texas has open container laws, so make sure that you do not have any open bottles, cans, etc (containers) of alcohol in the passenger compartments of your vehicle.

There are several Spec's locations throughout the Houston area, as well as in other Texas cities (you don't say where you will be traveling). As mentioned above, grocery stores, WalMart and some Target stores sell beer and wine. They do not carry spirits--must go to a Spec's or any other liquor store for the "hard" stuff. The larger ones will also sell beer and wine. Costco sells wine and beer.

Houston, Texas
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Spec's stores have great bargains at all stores, but the one at 2410 Smith is their flagship store. I'd guess it has to have close to 100,000 sq. ft. of space (or more) of wines, beers, spirits and deli selections--far bigger than any of their other stores. It is really a tourist attraction on its own, especially on Saturdays!

Calgary, Canada
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We are staying in Galveston but flying into Houston., unfortunately on Sunday. Want to buy some food, beer and wine for the first evening somewhere in between Houston and Galveston.

Houston, Texas
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6. Re: liquor laws in texas

Take exit 20 on Interstate 45 to the HEB grocery on right. Groceries, beer and wine. Coolers if you need one.

Edited: 23 August 2016, 15:58
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7. Re: liquor laws in texas

HEB would be the bests choice as mentioned..or possibly if you see a Wal Mart for cheap styrofoam ice chest.

Anyway, you will see the billboards for the gimmicky Buc-cees gas station..some kitch if you have an interest in stopping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSdkEDU_TGI

Edited: 23 August 2016, 19:02
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8. Re: liquor laws in texas

Any major grocery store will have groceries, beer and wine, even on Sunday (although I don't believe beer and wine can be sold before noon on Sunday). Big grocery names in the Houston area include (in no particular order) Randall's, HEB, and Kroger. They're all going to be reasonably competitive and have about the same selection. I'd look for one in a safe-looking neighborhood. (Most of the above will have domestic beers, but not imports, in cooler, FWIW.)

Then on Monday, go to Spec's for your serious shopping.

Houston, Texas
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Since you're coming to Galveston. And you asked about Walmart. They have a pretty large beer and wine selection ,which you may already know. Just get in your car at the airport and drive straight to the island .Particularly on a Sunday there won't be a whole lot going on. Especially if you come later on in the day.

That way if you're tired, you won't have to make any stops until you get to your destination.There is also a Kroger nearby.

Edited: 25 August 2016, 11:40
Calgary, Canada
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10. Re: liquor laws in texas

Thanks everyone for your help.