Utah’s bars no longer just for members only | VailDaily.com

Utah’s bars no longer just for members only

Associated Press Writer

SALT LAKE CITY – Let the pub crawls begin – Utah’s bars are opening up to the public.

On Wednesday, bars that serve liquor no longer have to operate as private clubs.

For 40 years, customers have had to fill out an application and pay a fee for the right to enter a bar.

The change is being made in an effort to boost tourism and make the state seem a little less odd to outsiders.

In exchange for eliminating the membership requirement, state lawmakers strengthened penalties for driving under the influence. As of Wednesday, Utah is also the only state that requires bars to scan the ID of anyone who looks younger than 35 before allowing them to enter.

Large pub crawls celebrating the change in law were planned for Wednesday and Friday evening.

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