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Drunk Brunch Is Illegal In NYC, City Reverts To Prohibition Era Madness

bottomless brunchI have a long-running joke with myself that if I had a nickname that would be used in quotation marks as my middle name in something like my obituary or embroidered in cursive on my mechanic’s uniform, I’d want it to be “bottomless mimosas.” Joanna “Bottomless Mimosas” Rafael bubbles right off the tongue, doesn’t it? Well, it does after a few flutes of juice mixed with champagne. Too bad my self-imposed moniker is illegal. It was never going to catch on anyway.

The NYC Hosipitality Alliance aka The Narc Brigade recently put out a press release reminding American businesses of “The ABC Law [which] prohibits selling, serving, delivering or offering to patrons an unlimited number of drinks during any set period of time for a fixed price”––also no dancing (that’s not really in there). Basically, if a patron of your restaurant or bar gives you legal tender, in return you cannot give them a carte blanche on your boozy offerings. I thought this was America, allegedly a country where we are free to buy all the guns and donuts we want.

Remember the New York City gigantic soda ban? A lot of people were outraged because they wanted New York City inhabitants to be able to buy as much soda as their money can buy no matter how unhealthy it is. When they came for the giant sodas, and I did not speak out––because I don’t drink soda. Then they came for the cigarettes, and I did not speak out–– because I don’t smoke cigarettes. Then they came for my endless brunch cocktails and there was no one left to speak for me. Not that New York City is Nazi Germany or anything close, but you get it.

New York is a prohibition-era nanny state. If I wasn’t as staunchly in favor of eating breakfast midday with our without a potentially dangerous number of cocktails, I would be super bummed out. If you want to fight back about this government intrusion on your right to party, keep in mind that you can drink all the mimosas you can pour down your gullet as long as you mix them in this nasty little underground speak-easy called your own home.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    SO SAD.

    • Joanna Rafael

      :( I agree

  • Alexis Rhiannon

    You’re tearing us apart.

    • Joanna Rafael

      How am I supposed to binge drink and eat french toast in public now?

    • Crusty Socks

      DIY = cheaper! = more booze

  • Crusty Socks

    Talk about nanny state… my locale won’t allow plastic grocery bags because we have BILLIONS of em floating out on our street…

    • Joanna Rafael

      Some places will even charge for plastic grocery bags.

    • CMJ

      Where I live we can’t have plastic bags at all AND they charge you for paper ones.

    • Crusty Socks

      You live in Soviet Los Angeles?

    • Joanna Rafael

      Santa Monica?

    • CMJ

      San Francisco and Alameda County…

    • Katy Hearne

      oh, yeah. We have that too. BUT when the ban went into effect my dad mailed me 300 plastic bags from my hometown local grocery store. #myhero

  • evilstepmom

    So you sell really expensive french toast with FREE unlimited mimosas! Yes, I like this plan.

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      If you drink at least 3 drinks it makes it worth the while.

  • TwentiSomething Mom

    This is ridiculous! Brunch is the only time I go “out” anymore now that I’m a boring, loser mom. Brunch is my opportunity to make up for all the drinking I don’t get to do on a regular basis all at once for a low price! So now instead of chugging down juiced down champagne after juiced down champagne I have to partake in some lame ass 2 for 1 special? !?

  • Ashley Reese

    Deception. Disgrace.

  • Katy Hearne

    What? and also- what?! You should come to Ausitn. We brunch hard. This would cause an epidemic. (also, I may have to steal your quotations nick name)

  • Samantha Escobar

    I hope we all have to have underground brunch omg.

  • Smishsmash

    Before we all freak out over the “nanny state” banning booze brunch, lets consider for a moment that this is not a new law. It has, in fact, been part of the alcoholic control act since 1934. And yet, somehow, in the 80 years unlimited mimosas have been illegal in NYC we’ve all been plenty wasted.

    • Smishsmash

      Just to add, you guys know that the people who put out this alert, the hospitality alliance, are a private, member supported industry group without any sort of enforcement abilities and not a branch of the govt right? This is what happens when you re-post something that originated from a histrionic rag like the New York Post.