Charleston’s Sunday Liquor Sales: A Prohibition-Era Ban Is About To Be Lifted


The South Carolina State House has resumed session, focusing on two bills that could significantly change alcohol sales in the state. The first, H.4231, proposes lifting the prohibition-era ban on Sunday liquor sales in stores, allowing local referendums to decide on this change. South Carolina is currently one of the few states with such a ban.

The bill also suggests permitting microdistilleries to sell liquor on Sundays without a referendum. Opposition from small liquor store owners, concerned about the cost-effectiveness of opening an extra day, has previously hindered this change.

The second bill lawmakers are considering, H. 4364, would legalize alcohol deliveries and curbside sales, expanding purchasing options for South Carolinians. This follows a temporary pandemic measure allowing curbside alcohol pickups from restaurants and stores.