10 odd drinking by-laws from around the world

Drinks must be mixed behind a curtain (US)

A law that has now been partially repealed, it used to be illegal in Utah for a customer to see their bartender pour or mix their drink.

Every bar in the state had to have what was known as a ‘Zion curtain’ – a piece of frosted glass – to hide the act of a bartender preparing a drink.

Since 2009 any new bar or restaurant was exempt from having to install the partition and the effect on the business of those older venues that still had them was so detrimental that in March last year a sweeping piece of legislature was passed that allowed (among other things) many bars and restaurants to tear down their Zion curtains.

Cue the sound of much broken glass across the state.

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