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The sale of alcohol in Texas varies from one county to another. The list below shows the wet-or-dry status of counties in Texas as of November 2015.

wet/dry map of Texas counties

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When approved in local-option elections in “wet” precincts of counties, sale of liquor by the drink is permitted in Texas. This resulted from adoption of an amendment to the Texas Constitution in 1970 and subsequent legislation, followed by local-option elections. This amendment marked the first time in 50 years that the sale of liquor by the drink was legal in Texas.

Texas law prohibits sale of liquor for off-premises consumption all day on Sundays and sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption before 12:01 p.m. on Sundays.

In 2015, there were 7 counties wholly dry. In 1986, there were 62 counties wholly dry.


Counties Wholly Dry (7): Borden, Collingsworth, Hemphill, Kent, Martin, Roberts, Throckmorton.

Counties in Which Only Beer Is Legal  (4): Baylor, Irion, Mason, Stephens.

Counties in Which Beer and Wine Up to 14 Percent Alcohol by Volume Are Legal (13): Coke, Concho, Delta, Gaines, Glasscock, Limestone, Lipscomb, Loving, McMullen, Somervell, Sterling, Terry, Yoakum.

Counties in Which Beer, Wine and the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants is permitted, (but the sale of distilled spirits for off-premise consumption is not permitted) (8): Andrews, Angelina, Bowie, Franklin, Houston, Madison, Panola, Van Zandt.


Counties (in part) in Which Beer, Wine, and Distilled Spirits Are Legal (143): Anderson, Archer, Atascosa, Bailey, Bandera, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Brazoria, Briscoe, Brown, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Callahan, Camp, Carson, Cass, Castro, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cochran, Coleman, Collin, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell.

Also, Dallas, Dawson, Denton, DeWitt, Dickens, Eastland, Edwards, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Floyd, Freestone, Frio, Galveston, Garza, Gillespie, Gray, Grayson, Gregg, Grimes, Hale, Hall, Hamilton, Hansford, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hartley, Haskell, Henderson, Hill, Hockley, Hood, Hopkins, Howard, Hunt, Hutchinson, Jack, Jackson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Johnson, Jones.

Also, Kaufman, Kerr, King, Knox, Lamar, Lamb, Lampasas, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Llano, Lynn, Marion, Maverick, McCulloch, McLennan, Medina, Milam, Mills, Montague, Montgomery, Morris, Motley, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton.

Also, Oldham, Orange, Palo Pinto, Parker, Parmer, Pecos, Polk, Potter, Rains, Randall, Real, Red River, Robertson, Rockwall, Runnels, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Shackelford, Shelby, Smith, Stonewall, Swisher, Tarrant, Taylor, Titus, Tom Green, Travis, Tyler, Upshur, Uvalde, Walker, Wheeler, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Wise, Wood, Young.


Counties in Which Beer, Wine, and Distilled Spirits Are Legal (in all jurisdictions) (79): Aransas, Armstrong, Austin, Bexar, Brazos, Brewster, Brooks, Burnet, Cameron, Childress, Colorado, Comal, Cottle, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Culberson, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dimmit, Donley, Duval, Ector, El Paso, Fayette, Fisher, Foard, Fort Bend, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hardeman, Hays, Hidalgo, Hudspeth, Jim Hogg, Karnes, Kendall, Kenedy, Kimble, Kinney, Kleberg, La Salle, Lavaca, Lee, Lubbock, Matagorda, Menard, Midland, Mitchell, Moore, Nolan, Nueces, Ochiltree, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Refugio, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Sherman, Starr, Sutton, Terrell, Trinity, Upton, Val Verde, Victoria, Waller, Ward, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Winkler, Zapata, Zavala.

Source: Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission, 2014.