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Nebraska, Iowa loosen their liquor laws

on 01/08/12 at 8:32 am

Booze News

Twenty-five years ago, if you wanted a six-pack of beer at a Sunday NFL football gathering in Nebraska’s second-largest city, you needed to drive outside of town to buy it.

No alcohol was sold in Lincoln on Sundays until 1988.

Fast-forward to today.

Lincolnites, thanks to a new state law, can now buy hard liquor, wine and beer at convenience stores, supermarkets and other outlets beginning at 6 a.m. on Sundays.

Soon they may be able to walk outside a tavern carrying a drink, thanks to another new law that allows “entertainment zones” amid a cluster of sports bars and restaurants.

The revelry could go on until 2 a.m. because Lincoln, like 106 other communities across the state, has expanded the hours of liquor sales at bars in the wake of a law the Nebraska Legislature passed two years ago.