Considering a Salt Lake City event? Cheers to that! Thanks to new state legislation, many of Utah's liquor laws, which have been called strange by many out-of-towners, will fall in line with the rest of the country.
New laws eliminate the state's private membership requirements, in which patrons must become "members" by completing a short application and paying an annual or temporary membership before entering a drinking establishment. Now, clubs and bars in Utah will be open to any guest age 21 or older—no membership required.
The new laws will also eliminate the existing requirement for the two-foot-high glass partitions between bartenders and barstool customers in liquor-serving restaurants. These partitions were meant to cut down on overimbibing.
According to the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, changes to the liquor laws, which used to baffle visitors, will help eliminate confusion to those considering a Utah meeting, convention or vacation.
"These changes have been sought by Utah's collective tourism industry for as long as I can remember," said Scott Beck, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, in a statement. "Long-time visitors and locals have always known that our liquor laws were more of a perceived barrier to getting a drink in Utah, but that perception was reality to many meeting professionals and potential visitors, sometimes taking Salt Lake and Utah out of the running altogether as a destination. These changes will put Salt Lake's clubs and bars on par with those in most other states and, in turn, enhance Salt Lake's meeting and tourism product—putting us in an incredible position when considering the many other attributes of Salt Lake."
The new regulations go into effect July 1.
To read more about Salt Lake City venues for your meetings and events, check out the Cvent Destination Guide.