Takeout cocktails, long off-limits to many people across the United States, are now legal in Michigan. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed this piece of legislation into law on July 1, 2020, paving the way for bars and restaurants to start buoying their takeout and delivery business with alcohol sales during the ongoing pandemic. It’s also a win for customers who may not have the chops or the desire to mix a drink at home.
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 establishments that have already started slinging cocktails, adult Capri Suns, boozy popsicles, and slushies to-go. More establishments including Lost River are on the way to unveiling their own menus, so stay tuned for updates. 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 metro Detroit 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.
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