Archive for Sunday, July 1, 2012

New liquor law revives happy hour in Kansas

July 1, 2012


— Happy hour is legal once again in Kansas, and while not every bar owner has immediate plans to start offering limited-time drink specials, many are pleased they’ll stop losing business to neighboring states like Missouri.

The end of the happy-hour ban instituted by Kansas in 1985 is among numerous liquor law changes taking effect today under legislation signed by Gov. Sam Brownback in late May.

Others include letting certain wineries sell and serve their products on their premises and permitting retailers such as grocery and liquor stores to offer free samples and hold wine and beer tastings — although grocery stores still cannot sell wine and hard liquor, The Kansas City Star reported Saturday.

The 1985 ban on happy hour technically prohibited bars and restaurants from changing drink prices during the day. Lawmakers were concerned the promotions led to drunken driving by encouraging patrons to consume too much, too quickly, especially in the traditional after-work happy hour period.

But the ban had some perhaps unforeseen consequences. Many owners responded by offering daylong specials, such as well drinks for $2.50 or bottles of beer for $2. And along the state’s eastern border, patrons could simply head to the nearest Missouri bar offering happy hour.


Frederic Gutknecht IV 5 years, 7 months ago

You mean I just moved to Drinkon, KS? ...without MOVING? CarEEN! Keep two eyes on the wreckage, people.

purplesage 5 years, 7 months ago

terrible decisions to relax regulation on an addictive and deadly substance

justoneperson 5 years, 7 months ago

Did you read the last paragraph? The prior regulation had the unintended consequence of all day drink specials (instead of happy hour specials), thus undermining the goal in the first place.

booyalab 5 years, 7 months ago

and even making the problem worse... This is good news.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

Hyvee on Clinton Pkwy recently had a remodel/expansion. Somehow, after expanding about 5,000 sq feet their selection of products decreased. There are numerous items I used to be able to find there that are now missing. For example, sushi rice, gone. Ground Bufallo. Gone. I couldn't find Marscipone cheese a few months ago. They inexplicably run out of common items. Their produce is questionable.

And they want to convert part of the store to carry liquid? They have enough trouble serving the neighborhood as it is.

Katara 5 years, 7 months ago

Try calling the Hy-Vee on 6th to see if they have those items. Sometimes one has something that the other does not.

Also check the organic section. I've seen ground buffalo over there at the 6th street store.

notorious_agenda 5 years, 7 months ago

It states clearly that Grocery Stores CANNOT sell liquor. "although grocery stores still cannot sell wine and hard liquor"- from the article above. Obviously you couldn't find your reading glasses there either.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 7 months ago

Great law change. If you were opposed to alcohol consumption, you'll still be opposed to it- this law doesn't alter your perception of 'sin'. All this law does is give power back to business owners to run their business of selling a perfectly legal product. This is a win for free market economics.

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 7 months ago

And lobby money in the hands of Brownback and his forces of evil.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

I do want to give a shout out to Chef Dave, one of the things the store does right. Great guy with some really excellent cooking tips.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

KRichards, yes and you are correct, the employees are very helpful. The problem, it appears, is that the store has to accommodate the thousands of students the city dropped in the mostly residential area, so the new 15 foot long Ramen Noodle aisle is taking up space that would be dedicated to something more appealing to a mature pallet.

The produce has always been bad.

The answer, it seems, is to drive to Dillons.

Acey 5 years, 7 months ago

One word: CHECKER'S.

How 'bout that store with wines on the shelf?

kernal 5 years, 7 months ago

Don't give a big hooey about happy hour and booze tastings in the grocery stores. The main point of changing the law was so we could buy wine and liquor in the grocery stores.

justoneperson 5 years, 7 months ago

"although grocery stores still cannot sell wine and hard liquor"

kernal 5 years, 7 months ago

I take it you don't understand my comment, justone

Anthony Mall 5 years, 7 months ago

Dens of sin and mayhem??? The catholic church accomplishes that all by itself!!! Welcome back happy hour!!! Nice generalization that all drinking is a sin though!!! Keep thumping!!!

avarom 5 years, 7 months ago

Bottoms up and Cheers to Kansas.....I'll drink to that! 8-))()()()()()()

Kirk Larson 5 years, 7 months ago

Brownback is counting on a Rmoney win in the fall and so knows that hard times are acomin' for the most of us. Best start sedating the electorate

Kontum1972 5 years, 7 months ago

more DUI's....more money for the lawyers and the State.....but we sure can close schools...and put teachers out of work....go figure...

ItsNotKansasUniversity 5 years, 7 months ago

You know what happens when you assume...

Let's follow your logic and begin taxing people who aren't overweight and don't smoke to help cover the additional burden they're putting on the healthcare system. Or does that idea not sound so appealing anymore?

kuguardgrl13 5 years, 7 months ago

Other states seem to function just fine with happy hours. I think we can too. You avoid DUIs by encouraging bartenders to keep an eye on their patrons and make sure someone in a group is safe to drive. If you live in any of the neighborhoods around Downtown, just walk! Educate your college students to be smart and safe with alcohol. If you as a parent accept that your kid is going to drink and you teach them good habits while they're at home, it's likely they will be smart when they're on their own. We should be more worried about the frats than the bars. If you think drinking is a sin, this law isn't going to change your perceptions or affect you much at all. Taxes are still levee'd on alcohol no matter how much or how little is purchased or the price per drink, bottle, 6-pack, case, etc.

Anthony Mall 5 years, 7 months ago

Please show your source that happy hour causes an increase in dui arrests... Like to know where that load of bull came from...

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