Here are the New Year’s Eve rules/regs on buying beer and liquor — and hours for bars and restaurants that serve drinks — courtesy of the state Department of Consumer Protection:
Tonight, New Year’s Eve, liquor stores and grocery stores with beer permits may sell permitted products during their normal hours until nine p.m. Bars, restaurants and cafes may serve drinks, beer or wine until 3 a.m. the following morning, January 1st. However, any town, by vote or local ordinance, may have reduced its locally permissible hours. In such towns, the reduced hours mandated by local governance take precedence over State law.
Tomorrow, New Year’s Day, package stores must remain closed; grocery stores may be open but the sale of beer or wine is prohibited. Bars, restaurants, cafes, casinos (food must be available) may serve drinks as their permit allows for normal operation.