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What is the Best Time to Buy Beer in Syracuse?

What is the Best Time to Buy Beer in Syracuse?

By Mateo A. Cardenas-Clarimon

Now, your friends might know the best place to go buy a cold refreshing IPA, get yourself some bubbly hard cider, or know the best secret bar to buy one strong ass Long Island or White Russian, and I’m sure that they’ll share that with you. But what time can you buy beer in Syracuse? What about the best time to buy beer?

There are three big factors to keep in mind when planning a trip to the bar or the liquor stores, and they range from the simple to the more intricate: 1) when do the stores and bars close, 2) when are they legally allowed to sell certain alcohol, and 3) the time of the week.

The first factor is something that’s easily found, so we won’t cover it directly. It does however connect to the second factor.

There are laws that limit what kinds of alcohol can be sold and when, and they can be different depending on where you go. In Syracuse (and the Onondaga county), the laws are the following:

Alcohol sales (excluding beer and wine)

Monday – Thursday:                       8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday:                            8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday:                                                12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Beer and wines can be sold any day between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.

On the other hand, bars can sell any type of alcohol from 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Monday – Saturday, while on Sunday they can sell from noon to 2:00 a.m.

What day of the week should you buy beer and wine?

Now, thanks to an app called ibotta, there are millions of data points that give wine and beer lovers data as to when to buy alcohol (among other things). They analyzed around 50 million that its users scanned into the system, and they made an interesting discovery: Craft beer buyers will end up saving more money on a Tuesday rather than on the weekend by about 3%. Along with this, those same buyers will pay up to 13% more per ounce than non-craft buyers… That’s the difference between $9.03 and $8.05 according to Forbes.

Now I can tell you’re thinking “do retailers change their prices over the weekend?” The answer is no, they don’t. the difference is your own mindset when you buy. Generally speaking, when you buy over the weekend, you’re more likely to want to treat yourself, so you’ll pay just a little more on average, while on the weekdays you’re more likely to deliberate, compare prices, and try to find the best value.

These little facts don’t seem like big revelations, or complicated saving plans, and they’re not. They’re simple tricks, but over time they could end up saving you more than you’d expect.

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