Special Election – City of Atlanta
Sunday Alcohol Sales
“Shall the governing authority of the City of Atlanta be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM?”
Voting “yes” means you can enjoy a bellini, Bloody Mary, michelada, mimosa, or other alcoholic beverage of your choosing at a restaurant or hotel on Sundays before noon.
Voting “no” means the alcohol regulations stay the same as they are now. You’ll have to wait until afternoon on Sundays to get an adult beverage.
This proposal, known in the state legislature as the “brunch bill” and the “mimosa mandate” would allow restaurants* and hotels** to start serving alcohol an hour and a half earlier on Sundays.
Regardless of passage, this referendum will not allow you to purchase alcohol from a liquor, package, convenience, or grocery store any earlier.
*We’re using the term “restaurant” to describe ”any licensed establishment which derives at least 50 percent of its total annual gross sales from the sale of prepared meals or food in all of the combined retail outlets of the individual establishment where food is served.”
**We’re using the term “hotel” to describe “any licensed establishment which derives at least 50 percent of its total annual gross income from the rental of rooms for overnight lodging.”
How did the General Assembly vote on this?
Its inclusion on the ballot was approved unanimously by the Atlanta City Council.
Who gets to vote on this now?
This measure is on the ballot in 57 local jurisdictions across the state, but you only get to vote in the one you’re registered in.