There are not many things we’d categorize as “good” that happened in 2020. For the most part, we’re happy to leave the entire year and everything that came with it behind us. However, there is one small exception: to-go alcohol. For the first time, Florida restaurants were allowed to sell beer, wine, and cocktails to-go when restaurants shut down during the pandemic. And now, thanks to a new bill that was just signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, restaurants can now legally and permanently sell alcohol to-go.
The law goes into effect on July 1, and there are some rules and fine print involved. Not every single bar and restaurant can sell alcohol to-go. To start, the restaurant must have the proper alcoholic beverage vendor license. And they must earn at least 51 percent of their revenue from food and non-alcoholic beverage sales. This means that most bars (unless they have a serious food operation) probably won’t be able to take advantage of the new law.
Drinks also must be packaged with “an unbroken seal that prevents the beverage from being consumed, and placed in a bag or other container secured in such a manner that it is visibly apparent if the container has been opened or tampered with.” When being transported in a car, to-go alcohol must also “be placed in a locked compartment, locked trunk, or other area behind the last upright seat of the motor vehicle.” Also, no one under 21 will be allowed to deliver the drinks and the sale of to-go alcohol must end at either midnight or when the restaurant’s food service ends - whichever comes first.
But, as long as restaurants meet those regulations and follow the guidelines, they’ll be able to offer you alcohol with your takeout order. And if you still haven’t experienced the wonders of the to-go cocktail, here are three places offering them right now.
Taquiza’s takeout game has been strong throughout the pandemic, and they’ve still got margaritas, micheladas, and even individual tequila and mezcal shots available for takeout. You can place an order online - just don’t forget to add totopos.
Over Under is an outstanding new bar and restaurant Downtown, and it’s quickly becoming one of our favorite places to drink any day of the week. If, however, you don’t feel like being in public yet still want a cocktail, you’re in luck. They have some of our favorite cocktails available to-go, like the frozen muscle relaxer and their frozen Irish coffee. Place an order online.
Coyo Taco is offering to-go alcohol at all of their locations (Wynwood, Brickell, and Coral Gables) and it’s a good option if you’re with a group, because they’re offering margaritas by the gallon ($40) and half-gallon ($25). It’ll look great next to the milk in your fridge. Place an order online.