If you’re thinking about taking the edge off on a Friday afternoon after a long week, Utah might not be the ideal place to be.
Utah restaurants adopt a unique approach at attempting to combat excessive consumption. They could impose a drink limit, or close the bar early in the evening. You would think these would be simplest ways of achieving what seems to be in the good interest of patrons. What they have done though, is force their bartenders to prepare drinks behind a Zion curtain.
A Zion curtain is a partition, often frosted glass, behind which bartenders must prepare drinks out of view of patrons in the establishment. In 2009, the governor of Utah signed a legislation allowing existing restaurants to remove the partition. In 2010, in an attempt at broader control of alcohol consumption, the legislation was restored. Again, in 2013, there was an attempt to overturn the ruling which ultimately failed.
In a day and age where alcohol is the root of many problems, it is indeed a noble cause to attempt to curb the amount of alcohol consumed in establishments. The Zion curtain, though, must be one of the strangest attempts at achieving this. That being said, the legislation still stands, making Utah very low down on your list if you’re looking for a wild night out.