This weekend, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) announced a waiver that restaurants and bars holding a Mixed Beverage Permit can now sell mixed-drinks for takeout and delivery. The announcement comes following an executive order from Governor Greg Abbott on June 26, closing nearly all bars in the state of Texas for on-site consumption, in an effort to slow down the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Bars across the state may remain open for takeout and delivery, and it’s now more important than ever to continue our support for local businesses. Previously, establishments could sell “cocktail kits” - where distilled spirits were sold in individually-sealed containers of up to 375 ml, for off-site preparation and consumption. Sales of cocktail kits will still be permitted under this waiver.
“Operating during this pandemic has proved an incredible challenge for all segments of the alcoholic beverage industry,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said in the press release. “Opening up the ability for these businesses to sell mixed drinks to go will help ease the burden for many of these struggling businesses.”
In an industry notice, the TABC clarified that mixed drink orders for takeout and delivery must be accompanied by an order of food prepared on-site. Any bar or restaurant that wishes to take advantage of mixed drinks to-go must have a permanent kitchen, though there is no required minimum size on food orders. Mixed drinks must also be sold in a closed or sealed container, in a bag sealed with a zip tie.