Greenville community responds to new law allowing to-go cocktails

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – On Monday night, Governor Roy Cooper signed a new bill into law allowing people to take their cocktails to-go, sparking mixed reactions within the Greenville community.

“I sort of like it,” said Greenville resident Stephen Gray. “Only by the fact that I don’t want to guzzle it. If I’m running late or something like that I’ll be able to take it with me.”

The new law, SB 527, requires that to-go cocktails be purchased with food and served in tamper-evident containers. Matthew Scully, owner of The Scullery, believes this will benefit businesses.

“Businesses can sell more products and people can take it home and consume it safely. I think that’s great,” he said.

In addition to allowing to-go cocktails, the law lowers the tax rate for ready-to-drink cocktails, permits the delivery of mixed beverages, and allows alcohol sales on certain holidays.

However, Scully noted potential downsides. “As long as everybody handles it well,” he said. “We don’t want anyone drinking and driving, obviously.”

Despite these concerns, Gray remains optimistic. “I think it will be good for people to understand that it’s a responsibility more than anything else,” he said.

With this law, North Carolina becomes the 29th state to permanently allow to-go cocktails.

The law also requires businesses to have permits to serve cocktails to-go and permits ABC stores to sell alcohol on New Year’s Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.