Relax, twenty-somethings with nothing left to live for: According to the New York State Liquor Authority and the NYC Hospitality Alliance, Bottomless Boozy Brunch is still very much legal. So now you won’t have to go with your alternative plan of going out, buying a bagel, buying a 40, putting it in a plastic bag and consuming both while sitting on the curb.
According to the State Liquor Authority, brunch is considered an “event” and is therefore a loophole around the NYS Law that prohibits unlimited alcoholic drink specials.
From their press release:
“Serving unlimited drinks to a patron is prohibited under the Alcoholic Beverage Control law, and instances of over serving by our licensees will be investigated and prosecuted. However, there is a limited exception in the statute when the service of alcohol is incidental to the event, such as in the case of certain brunch specials. Even under these limited exceptions, licensees still have a legal obligation not to over serve patrons. The SLA will continue to take a balanced regulatory approach by allowing licensees to conduct specials where alcohol is an accompaniment, while simultaneously cracking down on specials that promote excessive drinking.”
-NYS Liquor Authority
So there you go. Now you won’t be faced with the chilling possibility of buying your own drinks, or worse *shudder* being sober on a Sunday.
Personally, my weekly NYC brunch place is BYOB. They run it reverse-prohibition style: you can bring in whatever alcohol you like, you just can’t bring in your own mixers. And they also serve tater tots with melted cheese and gravy. For breakfast. And that’s their most tame/uncreative item. I’d like to be buried there, and at the rate my arteries are holding up, I will be.
Beats getting watered-down Bloody Marys every 35-40 minutes because the waiters are deliberately “busy.”