Serving Hard Liquor Illegal In Canyon County
NO-- hard liquor isn't illegal in Canyon County...MOST DAYS. But yes, there is a strange Idaho Law that applies to bars in Canyon County that I am willing to bet you had no clue even existed.
Idaho State code has a section that says:
"No liquor shall be sold, offered for sale, or given away upon any licensed premises, and all liquor not in sealed bottles must be locked in a separate room or cabinet during the following hours: a. Sunday, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas from 1 o’clock A.M., to 10 o’clock A.M. the following day".
According to this law, no hard liquor (beer and wine are fine) was to be sold, yesterday-- Memorial Day. Counties are allowed to change that rule as they see fit, however Canyon County has never done so. SO-- technically you shouldn't have been able to order that shot of tequila yesterday at any bars in Canyon County. Yes, that includes cheap margs at Applebee's, even.
According to news channel 6, this caused confusion yesterday in Nampa when not only bar owners and servers, but city police even couldn't answer confidently to the law.
To read more about the incident in Nampa, click HERE.