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No one is banning your bottomless boozy brunches after all


Day-drinkers and Bloody Mary enthusiasts in New York City cried vodka-soaked tears yesterday over the news that, according to the NYC Hospitality Alliance, drinking unlimited mimosas while noshing on eggs benedict is technically illegal. The Hospitality Alliance pointed to a State Liquor Authority law that prohibits bars from "selling, serving, delivering, or offering to patrons an unlimited number of drinks during any set period of time for a fixed price."

But before the entire city canceled its weekend brunch plans, the Hospitality Alliance released another statement today acknowledging a loophole in the law that allows patrons to keep on boozin'. Apparently, brunch can be considered an "event," and while serving unlimited drinks at a bar is technically illegal, "there is a limited exception in the statute when the service of alcohol is incidental to the event, such as in the case of certain brunch specials."

So there you have it. Let's raise a glass to that.