It’s about 2 a.m. and you and your friends aren’t quite ready to stop partying for the night, but liquor stories stop selling alcohol after 1 a.m. Not to worry, though, because you can still get carryout alcohol at a bar near you until 2:30 a.m.
John Lee, a manager at Uptown Underground, said they have a liquor license, which allows the sale of alcohol, in-house or carryout, until 2:30 a.m.
“It could be 12 o’clock and people here are having fun and they say, ‘Hey, let’s get some beer to go,'” Lee said.
Lee said Uptown Underground sells about five cases of carryout beer a week and carryout sales are random.
“(Carryout beer) isn’t a huge draw for us,” Lee said. “People don’t come here because we sell carryout.”
According to Lee, the three most popular domestic beers they sell for carryout are Natural Light, Bud Light and Miller Light.
“I wish bars would advertise that they sell carryout,” Miami University junior Dustin Amrine said. “If I had known about that, I would’ve wanted to purchase carryout from the bar on certain nights.”
Cory Hefner, a manager at Brick Street Bar and Restaurant, said they also sell carryout beer until 2:30 a.m., but the alcohol has to be out of the building by that time.
No one is allowed to drink the carryout beer in the building, and he said IDs are checked to make sure the buyer is of age.
“We sell most of our carryout beer after 2 a.m.,” Hefner said. “People will add a case of beer or a 12-pack at the end of the night so they can go back and have a late night party.”
Hefner said carryout beer is only supplementary for business because most sales are done in-house.
Brick Street doesn’t normally have a problem with running out of beer as a result of carryout sales because carryout beer is separate from in-house beer, according to Hefner.
“Busy weekends like homecoming weekend and graduation weekend are when we normally run out of carryout beer,” Hefner said. “People are celebrating more and they often want to continue drinking after the bars close.”
Hefner said carryout sales increase with the warmer weather, and summer months are popular times for selling carryout, despite fewer students on campus.
“(Carryout beer) is a little more expensive from here, but most of it is a convenience factor because you can get it after 1 a.m.,” he said.
Mike Rose, owner of The Den, said the state of Ohio prohibits liquor stores to sell alcohol after 1 a.m.
“It would be nice if we could sell carryout until 2:30, but I don’t think we lose business because it’s a state law,” Rose said.
Rose said 30-packs of Natural Light are the most popular carryout sale among students.
“I think it’s really convenient bars sell carryout because places like The Den have to stop selling so early,” junior Ellie McMahon said.