Some of you may or may not know — Tenneesee is a Blue Law state……what the heck does that mean? In a referendum vote Tuesday, voters in 78 Tennessee municipalities permitted grocery stores and big box retailers to sell wine beginning in July 2016.
Up until then, here is the law ……..Wine/liquor stores can sell only wine, liquor, and high-alcohol beers, and they are the only places wine, liquor, and high-alcohol beers can be purchased at retail. They cannot sell anything but those items, so if you need a corkscrew, glasses, nibbles, or other accessories, you have to buy them somewhere else. Beer can be sold in grocery stores, convenience stores, separate beer stores right next door to some wine/liquor stores, or pretty much anywhere.
That said, we do have blue laws that prohibit the sale of alcohol to some extent on Sundays. ALL liquor stores are closed!! And no alcohol at all can be sold before 10 AM on Sundays, not in a restaurant and not in a retail store.