The Ohio House passed legislation today to permanently allow the sale of cocktails to-go from restaurants and bars in the state.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted testimony in support of the bill, HB669.

“Making cocktails to-go permanent in Ohio will help generate much-needed revenue for hospitality businesses struggling to cope with the economic hardships caused by COVID-19,” said David Wojnar, DISCUS vice president of state government relations. “This consumer- and business-friendly measure will provide an important boost to Ohio’s economy and help local businesses get back on their feet. We encourage the Senate to pass this measure as soon as possible.”

Currently, 33 states plus the District of Columbia are allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go, bottled spirits to-go or both. Other states, including Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Iowa and the District of Columbia, are also considering making these policies permanent.

The distilled spirits industry is committed to responsibility and encourages moderation for adults who choose to drink alcohol. Cocktails to-go are intended for home consumption. Laws governing alcohol consumption must always be observed.