Food & Drink

Here's When Bars Have Last Call in Every State

Published On 03/03/2015 Published On 03/03/2015

As we found out when we ranked all the states by their beer, some subdivisions of this great nation know how to party just a little bit better than others. But when it comes to the hours at which parties are legally allowed to occur (at least in bars), there's a wider breadth -- so we turned to The Field Guide to Drinking in America by Niki Ganong (which drops this April) to find out what last call is in every state, because finding out this kinda stuff can often be pretty confusing unless you're actually sitting in a bar waiting for them to throw you out.

Who knew Alaska was so cool?

Alabama: Decided by every individual community

Alaska: 5am

Arizona: 2:30am

Arkansas: 1am (although some clubs close between 2am and 5am)

California: 2am (larger cities may allow for later times)

Colorado: 2am

Connecticut: 1am on weekdays, but 2am on weekends

Delaware: 1am

Florida: Most cities close at 3am (it's up to the communities to decide)

Georgia: Decided on a county-by-county basis (with most closing at 2am)

Hawaii: 2am, although some bars close at 4am with a special license

Idaho: 1am for the most part, but 2am in some larger cities

Illinois: Last call isn't set by the state, but varies between 2am and 3am in Chicago depending on the bar.

Indiana: 3am

Iowa: 2am

Kansas: 2am

Kentucky: 2am for most of the state, but 4am in Louisville

Louisiana: Bars can technically serve 24 hours a day if there's no law stating they can't.

Maine: 1am

Maryland: 2am

Massachusetts: 1am for most of the state, but 2am in Boston

Michigan: 2am

Minnesota: 2am

Mississippi: 12am, with some individual cities setting it at 1am or later

Missouri: 1:30am most of the week, but 12am on Sundays

Montana: 2am

Nebraska: 1am, but 2am in some larger cities

Nevada: 24 hours a day!

New Hampshire: 1am, but some towns allow ordering until 2am

New Jersey: The state allows towns to regulate closing time on a local level.

New Mexico: 2am

New York: 4am in NYC, but earlier (3am, usually) in smaller municipalities

North Carolina: 2am

North Dakota: 2am

Ohio: 2:30am

Oklahoma: 2am

Oregon: 2:30am

Pennsylvania: 2am

Rhode Island: 1am

South Carolina: Varies on a town-by-town basis (but usually hovers somewhere around 2am)

South Dakota: 2am

Tennessee: 3am

Texas: As late as 2am with a permit in large cities. Midnight elsewhere.

Utah: 12am

Vermont: 2am

Virginia: 2am

Washington: 2am

Washington DC: 2am during the week and 3am on weekends

West Virginia: 2am usually, but 3am with a club license

Wisconsin: 2am on weekdays and 2:30am on weekends

Wyoming: 2am

Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and is fortunate enough to be able to order drinks until 4am. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.

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