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Old 03-13-2017, 12:24 PM
 
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We are considering retiring in Georgia. We've focused in on Jasper, Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Dahlonega. However I am really confused by the liquor laws. We like to have a cocktail with dinner and my husband collects scotch. Just how dry are these counties?
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Old 03-13-2017, 12:33 PM
 
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According to NABCA there are 5 DRY counties in Georgia: Coweta, Decatur,
Dodge, Franklin, Murray..
http://www.nabca.org/assets/Docs/Res...20Counties.pdf
I don't believe any of the towns you listed are in one of those counties. I know for a fact that Dahlonega (lumpkin county)is not dry. I thought Towns and Union COunties were dry but perhaps they changed their laws to make them more accomodating to retirees. Also, alcohol laws can vary from incorporated areas and unincorporated areas on the county. For instance cities may have more liberal alcohol laws whereas some or more restrictive. For instance the city of ATlanta effectively bans the concept of "Happy Hours".. but other areas of fulton county does not.
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Old 03-13-2017, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Duluth, GA
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There's a distinction to be made when we refer to "dry" counties and municipalities, and that is between on-site consumption and retail sales. Some counties prohibit one, the other, or both.

Union County, which is the only county with any of the communities inquired about by the OP [Blairsville], is completely dry.
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Old 03-13-2017, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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According to NABCA there are 5 DRY counties in Georgia: Coweta, Decatur,
Dodge, Franklin, Murray..
http://www.nabca.org/assets/Docs/Res...20Counties.pdf
I don't believe any of the towns you listed are in one of those counties. I know for a fact that Dahlonega (lumpkin county)is not dry. I thought Towns and Union COunties were dry but perhaps they changed their laws to make them more accomodating to retirees. Also, alcohol laws can vary from incorporated areas and unincorporated areas on the county. For instance cities may have more liberal alcohol laws whereas some or more restrictive. For instance the city of ATlanta effectively bans the concept of "Happy Hours".. but other areas of fulton county does not.
Coweta County is definitely NOT "dry."
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Old 03-16-2017, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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We are considering retiring in Georgia. We've focused in on Jasper, Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Dahlonega. However I am really confused by the liquor laws. We like to have a cocktail with dinner and my husband collects scotch. Just how dry are these counties?
Fannin County, in which Blue Ridge is located, allows the purchase of beer and wine in groceries seven days a week (I think 12:30 pm - 10:00 pm on Sunday). You can buy liquor by the drink in restaurants. However, to obtain liquor by the bottle, you'll need to drive down the road about 15 miles and purchase it in Ellijay, which is located in Gilmer County). So, far beer and wine, no problem. But for gin, scotch and vodka, you'll need to plan ahead and keep it stocked up.
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Old 03-17-2017, 01:55 AM
 
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You can buy cocktails in restaurants, not just beer and wine? The only real restriction is only beer and wine in the liquor store? I can totally deal with that.

Thanks so much for replying, you're always so helpful.
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Old 03-17-2017, 05:58 AM
 
Location: N. Ga
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There's a distinction to be made when we refer to "dry" counties and municipalities, and that is between on-site consumption and retail sales. Some counties prohibit one, the other, or both.

Union County, which is the only county with any of the communities inquired about by the OP [Blairsville], is completely dry.
Sorry, but Union county is not dry. Liquor passed a few years back. However, it's not that simple. You can buy beer and wine in Union County at Ingles, Wal-mart, some of the convenience stores, but hard liquor can not be purchased anywhere in Union County by the bottle. No sales on Sunday. (I couldn't even buy white cooking wine on Sunday at Ingles). Hard liquor can be served by the glass. Several of the restaurants have the license to do this. However, once again..... special rules apply. It must be a FOOD establishment that has more in food sales than liquor sales so you won't find a "neighborhood" bar to go to just to set around and watch the game and drink at. If we want hard liquor by the bottle we go to the ABC store up in Murphy, N.C......
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Old 03-17-2017, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Duluth, GA
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Sorry, but Union county is not dry. Liquor passed a few years back. However, it's not that simple. You can buy beer and wine in Union County at Ingles, Wal-mart, some of the convenience stores, but hard liquor can not be purchased anywhere in Union County by the bottle. No sales on Sunday. (I couldn't even buy white cooking wine on Sunday at Ingles).
Thanks for the correction! Was trying to aggregate info from several sources.
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Old 03-22-2017, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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AnsleyPark-

You can buy cocktails in restaurants, not just beer and wine? The only real restriction is only beer and wine in the liquor store? I can totally deal with that.

Thanks so much for replying, you're always so helpful.
Yeppers. Had a Bloody Mary Saturday morning at the Fighting Town Tavern! The chicken wings, by the way, are pretty darn good there, but the fish 'n chips are truly awesome!
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