Georgia Liquor Laws vary by county and many are not exactly sure what laws apply to where they live.
Tabi Hamilton reached out to us on Facebook asking when you can and cannot buy beer in Bibb County, so we wanted to verify if you can buy beer after midnight in retail stores.
Ankit Patel says people come in to his store daily trying to buy alcohol when he legally cannot sell it.
“When they come here, they ask for the beer and you know like when we say no, they come in the store, grab the beer and run away,” said Patel.
But Patel says even more people try on Sunday mornings because those hours are completely different from other days of the week.
“[They] start coming when nobody sells on Sunday, so people come here and they try to get it,” said Patel.
The state of Georgia does not allow retail stores to sell alcohol from midnight until after 12:30 p.m. on Sundays, but apart from that, it is up to local governments to determine when retail stores can sell alcohol.
According to the Bibb County code of ordinances, retail stores can sell beer and wine on Sunday from 12:30-11:30 p.m. On weekdays and Saturday, people can buy beer and wine anytime except between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
We verified that you CAN buy beer after midnight in Bibb County.
However, the rules for purchasing distilled spirits varies in Bibb County.
Those hours are: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:30-11:30 p.m.
We also looked into the hours that retail stores can sell beer and wine in several other counties.
Houston County: Anytime except Sunday from 12 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Monday.
Laurens County: Anytime except midnight Saturday to 6:00 a.m. the following Monday and between 3-6 a.m. every other day of the week.
Baldwin County: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. the next day and Saturday 8 a.m. to 11:55 p.m.
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