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Old 07-03-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Default alcohol law in Tennessee?

Considering moving to Tennessee and was wondering about it's alcohol laws? Looked into two towns in Ok and a few in Arkansas and after the 3rd trip to the area did I realize you could not have a glass of wine with dinner or a margarita with dinner. I researched so much on other issues that I never gave a thought to alcohol being illegal. It was a real culture shock for my husband and I.
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Old 07-03-2010, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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It depends on the city, town and/or county.

In Knoxville, you can have a mixed drink, beer or wine at dinner.
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Tennessee has some of the strictest liquor laws in the nation. The liquor lobby is very powerful. Many counties also have not passed their own "liquor by the drink" laws, so the sale of liquor at restaurants is prohibited. It really limits the opening of restaurants in those areas.
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:50 AM
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Location: at the foot of my mountain
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I love the irony and somewhat "outdatedness" of some of the laws. For example, Lynchburg, the home of the Jack Daniels distillery, is dry. You can tour but don't attempt to sample the goods, lol. Also, in Sevier County (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, etc...) don't try buying even beer on election day. I love that...
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Old 07-04-2010, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Thats so funny. We were looking at Sullivan county.
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:50 PM
 
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Here 2 beers can get you a DUI.

It's a small town so locals tend to either know the said cop or are related to them in which case they just get a ride home.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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It all depends on the county and city you reside in. Im not sure about Sullivan County.

I can remember when (in Putnam Co.) you couldnt buy beer on Sunday, now you can after 10. Had to go to Jackson County for bottled liquor (unless you knew the local bootlegger). Now you can get liquor by the drink in Cookeville, bottled in Baxter. Cant buy beer in the city limits of Monterey.
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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I have a friend that recently moved from Knoxville to Austin and was shocked that the alcohol laws are more strict there. They are even worse in Massachusetts. There are NO beer sales on Sundays or holidays. And in the area I come from the liquor stores closed at 11 p.m. on a Saturday night, and then that was it. If there was a Monday holiday, then oh well. There were no beer, wine or liquor sales from 11 p.m. Saturday to Tuesday.

If I am so inclined, I can go into a convenience store at 1 a.m. and buy beer. You can't do that where I came from.
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Old 07-09-2010, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Also, in Sevier County (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, etc...) don't try buying even beer on election day. I love that...
Thats the way it is here too. But they dont tell you so you get to the cashier and feel stupid trying to buy beer. You would think they would put a sign on the beer coolers. Actually, having a few drinks before you vote might be a good thing.
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Old 07-13-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I have lived in TN all my life and now I have been drinking age for a few years and traveling to different places I see how strict TN is. Maybe its because its the bible belt??

Well liquor stores are closed on Sundays, I think you cant buy beer till after noon at the gas station on Sundays... not sure about this one I always get all my supplies the night before. I have been served sereval beers/mixed drinks out before.. So I guess if your not sloppy drunk they will serve you. Also you cant buy liqour but ONLY at the liquor store.

Im in Nashville which is Davidson County.

I was recently in Michigan over the weekend and they have liquor everywhere! Its crazy! You can get liquor at their Walmart and even buy wine at their CVS! I was in shock! haha You do realize how strict we have it! But whatever, plan ahead and dont expect to buy it on Sundays and you will be good!
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