In March, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey used his emergency powers to close all bars and restaurants to customers due to the pandemic. This included bars and nightclubs that don't function as restaurants, which must remain closed until counties reach a rate of 3 percent of new positive COVID-19 tests. Bar owners are now suing the governor, claiming he illegally ceded his only advantage to the restaurants they normally compete with. The Phoenix bar scene has seen a surge in popularity for non-alcoholic cocktails, as people look to cut expenses, drive, or stay sober.
This has led to an increase in demand for bars that offer non-alcoholic drinks. However, acquiring a state license to operate a bar is expensive and the state issues a limited number of bar licenses per county. Ilan Wurman, an attorney for the bar owners, has filed a new lawsuit with the Maricopa County Superior Court arguing that the distinction between series of alcoholic beverage licenses has nothing to do with public health. He believes that bars should be allowed to offer non-alcoholic drinks in Maricopa County. The demand for non-alcoholic drinks is growing in Maricopa County, as more people are looking for ways to enjoy a night out without consuming alcohol.
With the current restrictions on bars and nightclubs, it is difficult for these establishments to serve non-alcoholic drinks. However, there are some ways that bars can serve non-alcoholic drinks without violating state laws. For example, some bars have started offering “mocktails” or non-alcoholic versions of popular cocktails. These drinks are made with juices, syrups, and other ingredients that do not contain alcohol.
Another option is for bars to offer “virgin” versions of their alcoholic drinks. These drinks are made with the same ingredients as their alcoholic counterparts but without the alcohol. This allows customers to enjoy the same flavors without consuming alcohol. Finally, some bars have started offering “mocktails” or non-alcoholic versions of popular cocktails. These drinks are made with juices, syrups, and other ingredients that do not contain alcohol. It is clear that there is a demand for non-alcoholic drinks in Maricopa County bars and nightclubs.
However, it is important for bar owners to understand the laws and regulations surrounding serving these drinks in order to avoid any legal issues. With the right knowledge and understanding of the law, bar owners can provide their customers with a safe and enjoyable experience.