Takeout cocktails are now legal in Michigan after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed this piece of legislation into law on July 1, 2020. Bars and restaurants are starting to buoy their takeout and delivery business with alcohol sales during the ongoing pandemic — a win for customers who may not have the chops or the desire to mix a drink at home.
Many of Ann Arbor’s favorite establishments have started to sell cocktails to-go, from classics like Old Fashioneds to signature drinks in bottles, cans, and larger-format containers. Some are available online on the bar websites for pick-up or delivery, while others are only available for order in-person.
There are, of course, a few rules businesses and customers must follow. The drinks must be sold in sealed containers no larger than a gallon with a mandatory label. Customers can’t drink them in transit or on the street unless in specified “social districts.” Nevertheless, it’s a positive step for patrons that want to support their favorite watering holes without necessarily sitting down for drinks in-person.
Below, Eater has compiled a guide to some of the cocktails to-go. If we missed a spot, drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to wear a mask over your nose and mouth, wash your hands regularly, and stay home when sick, even when picking up carryout. Happy socially distant drinking.
A number of area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the state of Michigan’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More