Thank the Lord! We Georgians are finally able to buy beer on Sunday! After years of politicking and deliberation, the State recently approved Sunday alcohol sales thanks to special votes in all the precincts. Some places have not started selling on Sunday just yet; however, we at Pretty Southern know where to send you to buy booze on the second day of the weekend.
The City of Atlanta proper is not authorized to start selling on Sunday until Jan. 1, 2012 but that doesn’t mean the same for the rest of Fulton County. The local municipalities of Sandy Springs, Roswell, Dunwoody and Alpharetta have the cooler lights turned on for Sunday sales. Lawrenceville and East Point are also selling at local grocery stores.
After 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, beer and wine can be purchased at Whole Foods, Kroger, Publix, RaceTrac and your some independent gas stations. Total Wine near Perimeter Mall is open; alas, the store in Kennesaw will not start selling until spring of 2012. The Trader Joe’s locations in Roswell and Sandy Springs are also selling Two Buck Chuck but the Buckhead and Midtown locations have to wait. The ATL-iens are s.o.l. until the first of the year. Yeah, that’s right all you denizens of West Paces Ferry and Peachtree Street, y’all have to actually drive to the suburbs for your Sunday booze. Might as well drive to Alabama for fireworks while you’re at it. Some genius needs to open a liquor store next to a MARTA station.
Down in Decatur, Sherlock’s is selling on Sunday along with the other purveyors of liquor with the exception of the Dekalb Farmers Market as they are only selling Monday through Saturday. Avondale Estates selling alcohol too. Georgians can drive up north on I-75 to Cherokee County where Woodstock is selling but Canton isn’t because they are yet to approve the vote (maybe after the first of the year). Palmetto was the only city in the Metro Atlanta area to reject Sunday alcohol sales. Up north, Fort Oglethorpe voted nay as well.
Here’s a county breakdown for Metro Atlanta
Cherokee: Woodstock and Cartersville are selling after 12:30 p.m. Not yet for Canton
Cobb: Acworth is selling, though Kennesaw and Smyrna will not until at least Jan. 1, 2012. Marietta, Powder Springs, Austell, Mableton and the rest of the county still living in Prohibition times may not start selling alcohol on Sundays until July!
Fulton: no for Atlanta proper but yes for Decatur, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Dunwoody and Alpharetta and Avondale Estates after 12:30 p.m.
Gwinnett: yes for Lawrenceville area supermarkets after 12:30 p.m.
Henry: not if you’re within the McDonough or Locust Grove city limits (but the Publix at Lake Dow is selling!)
We’ll keep you updated as more businesses start to offer booze on Sundays. Please comment below if you know a place we haven’t listed!