Oklahoma's laws regulating the sale and consumption of alcohol

Unhappy Hour!

That’s right. In Oklahoma, businesses are severely  limited in the variety of “Happy Hour” specials they may legally offer to the public.

When I think of a “Happy Hour” special, I think of discounted drinks from 4-7 p.m., or something similar. Usually some type of drink special coinciding with the time when most people are getting off work, and the drinks are cheaper than usual. Then after a few hours, the prices go back up.

Think about how many types of restaurants offer this type of bargain. A lot, right?

In Oklahoma, the above type of drink special is illegal. And so are a bunch of others. Friday special on shots of Jager? Illegal. Ladies night? Nope. And Oklahoma’s “happy hour” restrictions apply to games as well. Beer pong at a bar? Can’t happen. Also, the bar cannot offer increase alcohol volume without upping the price. So they can’t sell a double priced as a single. And one person cannot order more than two drinks at a time. Think about how that one could play out if strictly enforced.

These rules don’t apply to low-point beer. But no exceptions for high-point beer, wine or spirits.

If found in violation, a bar can have its licensed suspended three days and fined $150 per each individual violation.

These confusing (shocking?) rules are among many of Oklahoma’s laws regulating the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.  Let me take the guess work out of it for you.  Call to set up a free consultation and allow us to guide you through the regulatory maze.


*Image courtesy of Giuseppe Ramos