Bars Open Near Me: You Can Grab a Drink in These States

As some states move through their phased reopening plan and begin allowing bars to open, others are backtracking on their initial decisions. States like California, Texas, and Florida have ordered bars across multiple counties or the entire state to close following a spike in cases of the coronavirus linked to bars.

Some states are allowing outdoor seating only, while others are open with limited capacity indoors. Other bars are allowed to remain open, but local authorities have prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Below is a guide to the states where you can stop for a drink, and whether they allow indoor seating or limited capacity.


As of May 22, bars in Alabama are permitted to open with limited seating, six feet between tables, and additional sanitation and guidelines.


Bars in Alaska have been allowed to open since May 8 with 25 percent capacity, however, rules surrounding masks vary by local governments and businesses.


The governor of Arizona Doug Ducey ordered all bars to close on Monday, June 29, for at least 30 days.


Bars in Arkansas reopened on May 26, but on June 26, Governor Asa Hutchinson asked the Alcohol and Beverage Control Board to ensure that bars are following the guidelines.


On Sunday, June 28, Governor Newsom ordered bars to close in Los Angeles, Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings, and Imperial counties. Additionally, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Stanislaus have been asked by state officials to close their bars.


Colorado was allowed to reopen its bars at 25 percent capacity or with a 50 person limit, whichever is fewer, from June 19.


On Monday, June 28, the governor of Connecticut Ned Lamont said he is rethinking opening bars in the state's third phase of reopening, which is expected in mid-July.


Bars are currently open with reduced capacity, but Delaware health officials said there may be changes in the rules following new cases.


Florida banned drinking alcohol at bars on June 26 due to new coronavirus cases.


On June 16, Georgia lifted more of its restrictions, including allowing bars to increase their capacity.


Hawaii announced on June 25 that its bars would be allowed to reopen with safety measures.


The status of bars in Idaho varies, as though there is no statewide order to close them, bars and nightclubs in Ada County closed again on June 22 following an increase in cases of coronavirus.


Bars in Illinois were permitted to reopen on June 26, though guidelines may vary by city and county. In Chicago, indoor capacity is limited to 25 percent or 50 people per room, whichever number is lower, with no limit outside.


Indiana allowed its bars to reopen on June 12 with 50 percent capacity.


Although bars are allowed to be open in Iowa, some are choosing to close due to an increase in cases of coronavirus.


Bars in Kansas are allowed to be open but some are taking extra precautions due to outbreaks linked to bars and nightclubs.


Kentucky bars were allowed to open from Monday, June 29, after being closed since March 16.


Louisiana bars are allowed to open, and as of June 16, they are allowed to play live music too.


Bars in Maine can now serve drinks outside, but the suggested July 1 date to permit bars to offer indoor service has been postponed.


Baltimore joined the rest of Maryland and reopened its bars on June 19, with 50 percent capacity.


Bars in Massachusetts will be allowed to reopen as the state enters phase 4, having been moved from the phase 3 plan.


Michigan bars are allowed to be open, but one bar has closed following an outbreak in which more than 80 people tested positive for coronavirus after visiting the bar.


Bars are currently open in Minnesota but Gov. Walz has suggested that something may change following a number of coronavirus cases linked to bars.


Mississippi bars have been open since June 15 with a capacity of 50 percent.


Missouri bars began reopening in May.


Montana bars have been open since early May and the state eased its restrictions further in early June.


On June 15, Gov. Ricketts eased restrictions on bars in Nebraska, allowing them to operate with full capacity.


Bars in Nevada can open as long as they operate with 50 percent capacity limit.

New Jersey

On Monday, June 29, New Jersey announced it was postponing its plans to allow indoor service in bars and restaurants.

New Mexico

Bars in New Mexico are not permitted to open yet, despite breweries being able to do so.

New York

Indoor service is not permitted at bars in New York, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering allowing the bars in New York City to offer indoor service with phase 3 of the reopening plan.

North Carolina

A judge ruled on Friday that North Carolina bars must remain closed.

North Dakota

North Dakota bars were allowed to reopen in early May.


Ohio opened its bars in May, with some restrictions.


Bars in Oklahoma are allowed to open but some individual businesses are choosing to remain closed.


Gov. Kate Brown said she will close bars again if coronavirus cases increase in Oregon.


Bars in Pennsylvania are generally allowed to be open, but some counties are ordering bars to stop selling alcohol.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island has not reopened its bars yet, but restaurants are allowed to reopen.

South Carolina

South Carolina bars are open with limited capacity.

South Dakota

South Dakota did not issue a stay at home order but encouraged businesses to enforce social distancing.


Tennessee bars opened with restrictions in May.


On Friday, June 26, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars in Texas that receive more than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages to close at 12:00 p.m. that day.


Utah began lifting restrictions on bars and restaurant in May.


Vermont bars have been permitted to open with indoor seating since June 8.


On June 30, Virginia Gov. Northam said bars areas would not open indoor seating in the next phase of reopening on July 1. People will be allowed to use bar areas if they are eating at high-top tables that are set at least six feet apart.


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Saturday that the state would prevent counties from going ahead with reopening plans.

West Virginia

Bars in West Virginia have been open with 50 percent capacity since late May.


Wisconsin ended its restrictions on bars in May.


Bars in Wyoming were allowed to open in May.

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The reflection of pedestrians wearing face masks are seen as they walk past beer taps in a bar in Los Angeles on June 29, 2020, a day after the state's governor ordered the immediate closure of bars in a number of California counties, including Los Angeles County, due to rising spread of COVID-19 cases. Frederic J Brown/Getty
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