Brunch Woes: Bottomless Cocktails At Restaurants Are Illegal

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 02/26/2014 | 09:00 AM EST

New York patrons are stunned to learn that unlimited mimosas during Sunday brunch may soon come to an end

Bad news for Brunch lovers in New York. A little-known law will be putting an end to what is an unofficial city tradition: bottomless cocktails.

New York State law prohibits “selling, serving, delivering or offering to patrons an unlimited number of drinks during any set period of time for a fixed price,” according to the State Liquor Authority’s website.

Such news is a blow to hip New Yorkers who often journey to restaurants on weekends for “bottomless” day brunch specials that include unlimited drinks for a set price or time. For years, patrons have been getting saucy thanks to the drink practice that typically includes mimosas, bellinis and bloody marys.

The news made traction after the NYC Hospitality Alliance sent out an alert to its member restaurants reminding them of the law after receiving several inquiries from restaurant owners who were unaware.

Apparently patrons were just as clueless. The public was stunned to learn of the news, with many people turning to social media to express their distress.

The law is sure to take a hit to businesses, which profit considerably from brunch specials. Some New York establishments like Yotel and PS 450 even organize day party brunches with bottomless drinks as its focal selling point.

Do you think unlimited cocktails on a fixed price should be illegal?

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