Las Vegas City Council OKs third-party alcohol delivery

Published Wed, Jan 20, 2021 (11:51 a.m.)

Updated Thu, Jan 21, 2021 (10:11 a.m.)

The Las Vegas City Council enacted an ordinance today that lets businesses contract with third-party services to deliver alcoholic beverages to customers.

Delivery to hotels and casinos is not allowed.

"The main crux of it is somebody at home that wants a 12 pack of beer delivered to their house would be able to do that," said Anthony Stavros, mayor pro tempore, who introduced the ordinance last month.

Businesses must have a package liquor license to offer delivery through services like GrubHub, Instacart or Doordash.

The ordinance passed unanimously after council member Michele Fiore, who originally voted no, changed her vote in favor of the measure.

Fiore expressed concerns that the ordinance would take money away from liquor stores.

"A couple of our staple alcohol establishments, liquor stores actually selling liquor, are very uncomfortable with it," she said.

Council member Olivia Diaz said she had some misgivings about loosening alcohol delivery restrictions. "I'm already thinking of the potential public safety side effects," she said.

During public comment, a representative for Amazon and Instacart said alcohol delivery should reduce DUIs because people won't drive drunk to to get more alcohol.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman said she was worried about alcohol being delivered to bars.

But council member Cedric Crear said business owners would still have control over what happens on their property.

“You just can't walk in any restaurant and open up a bottle of wine or open up a scotch or something. You have to get permission, they have to allow you," Crear said.

Many other cities allow third parties to deliver alcohol, Crear said.

Representatives from Instacart, Albertsons and 7-Eleven spoke in favor of the bill.

”What I've heard since day one is overwhelming support from the business community to allow them to do this," Anthony said.

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