Dry Counties In Texas: Still A Thing

Depending on where you live in Texas, it may (or may not) shock you to know that some counties do not allow any alcohol to be sold in the county. There's actually a scale of different categories from Completely Wet, which refers to counties where the sale of alcohol is allowed. To Partially Wet which allows for the sale of beer and wine but not liquor. Finally there are completely dry counties that do not allow the sale of alcohol in any shape way or form. In this page, which we'll attempt to keep updated as counties change their rules, we'll update this page.

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Though prohibition may have ended a hundred years ago, counties still have the ability to ban liquor if they wish. As one of the criminal laws in Texas that stands out, the state has five counties that do not allow any type of alcohol to be sold in the county at all. A recent government site, which is surprisingly easy to navigate, gives the full breakdown but we’ll go through them now. Also, curtesy of that government site we show the breakdown of different cities and their current status as of August 31, 2021.

Also, it should be said that cities and precincts are allowed to have local ordinances that prevent the sale of alcohol in their jurisdiction. We’ll have the full list, in tabular form, at the bottom of the page which shows which cities/precincts/counties prohibit alcohol sales.

Borden County

Borden Counties Location in Texas

With a population of 641, Borden county is one of the states smaller counties. Peaking with a population of 1,386 in 1910, the counties population as steadily declined to a population of 641 in 2010. If you’re looking to get a drink, check out Howard County to the south or Scurry County to the east.

Hemphill County

Hemphill County Courthouse

In the far north of the Texas border, right next to the Oklahoma border. Though still small, with a population of 3,807 it’s one of the larger counties to be considered ry in the state. The city was at its peak in 1980 when it was home to 5,304 Texans. Since then it’s population has hovered around the mid 3,000’s. Need to get a drink? We’d recommend traveling to nearby Gray County located to the Southwest or traveling into Oklahoma.

Kent County

Kent County location in Texas

This brings us to tiny Kent County in Texas. Noted as Congressional District 19, the population of Kent County is only 808 as of 2010. The county reached its peak population in 1930 when it had a population of 3,851. The county is home to the ghost town of Clairemont, Texas. If you’re looking for alcohol, your best bet is Scurry County nearby.

Roberts County

Roberts County Courthouse

Another small county, Roberts County, Texas is home to only 929 according to the 2010 census. The counties population has been fairly consistent for the last 100 years, peaking at 1,469 in the 1920 census. At only 23,7% english, the population of Roberts County is fairly diverse with 18.4% of residents reporting as British and only 8.8% identifying as American.

Throckmorton County

Throckmorton County

A mouthful of a county name, Throckmorton County, is home to 1,641 Texans. Having been created in 1860 (at the outset of the Civil War) the population ballooned to 5,253 in the 1930s and then fell every decade from there. If you’re in Throckmorton county and looking for a drink, we’d suggest Archer County or Stephens County to the southeast.

Full List of Dry Counties, Cities and Precincts in Texas

Alas, the full list of not just the dry counties in Texas but also the cities and precincts too.

County NameCounty/City/PrecinctAuthorized Beverages
ArcherJP2Dry
ArcherHollidayDry
AtascosaChristineDry
BordenBorden CountyDry
BordenJP1Dry
BosqueJP4Dry
BowieJP4Dry
BowieJP6Dry
BowieJP7Dry
BriscoeJP3Dry
BriscoeJP4Dry
CastroJP2Dry
CastroJP3Dry
CherokeeAltoDry
CherokeeWellsDry
CollinNevadaDry
CollinParkerDry
CollinSt. PaulDry
CollinWestministerDry
CollinWeston Dry
ComancheEnergyDry
ComancheGustineDry
ComancheSidneyDry
ComancheSipe SpringsDry
CookeCallisburgDry
CoryellOglesbyDry
CoryellSouth MountainDry
DallasCombineDry
DallasGrapevine (part)Dry
DallasOvillaDry
Denton ClarkDry
Denton Double OakDry
Denton Marshall CreekDry
Denton Shady ShoresDry
EllisBardwellDry
EllisOak LeafDry
EllisOvillaDry
EllisPecan HillDry
FanninDodd CityDry
FanninEctorDry
FanninRevennaDry
FanninWindomDry
FloydJP2Dry
FloydJP4Dry
FloydLockneyDry
GainesJP2Dry
GainesJP3Dry
GainesJP4Dry
GrayJP3Dry
GraysonJP6Dry
GraysonJP7Dry
GraysonBethelDry
GraysonDorchesterDry
GraysonGordonvilleDry
GraysonSadlerDry
HaleAbernathy (part)Dry
HallLakeviewDry
HansfordGruverDry
HardinJP6Dry
HarrisGalena ParkDry
HarrisonHarletonDry
HartleyHartleyDry
HaskellRochesterDry
HaskellWeinertDry
HemphillHemphill CountyDry
HemphillJP1Dry
HemphillCanadianDry
HemphillGlazierDry
HendersonEnchanted OaksDry
HendersonEustaceDry
HendersonMoores StationDry
HendersonPoynerDry
HendersonStar HarborDry
HillMertensDry
HockleyJP2Dry
HockleyJP3Dry
HoodLipanDry
HoodTolarDry
HopkinsComoDry
HopkinsTiraDry
HowardJP3Dry
HowardJP4Dry
HowardForsanDry
HuntCelesteDry
HuntLone OakDry
JackPerrinDry
JasperJP6Dry
Jeff DavisJP3Dry
JohnsonBriar OaksDry
JohnsonCross TimbersDry
JohnsonKeeneDry
JonesHawleyDry
KaufmanCombineDry
KaufmanCottonwoodDry
KaufmanGrays PrairieDry
KaufmanRosserDry
KaufmanTaltyDry
KentKent CountyDry
KentJP1Dry
KentKP2Dry
KentJP3Dry
KentJP4Dry
KentJaytonDry
KingGuthrieDry
LamarJP2Dry
LamarBlossomDry
LamarRenoDry
LamarRoxtonDry
LeonJP2Dry
LeonCentervilleDry
LibertyAmesDry
LibertyDaisettaDry
LibertyNorth ClevelandDry
LipscombBookerDry
LipscombDarrouzettDry
LipscombFollettDry
LynnJP2Dry
LynnJP3Dry
McLennanJP6Dry
McLennanMoodyDry
MartinJP1Dry
MartinJP2Dry
MartinJP3Dry
MartinJP4Dry
MartinAckerlyDry
MaverickJP3 CDry
MaverickNormandyDry
MaverickQuemadoDry
MilamGauseDry
MontagueJP4Dry
MontagueMontagueDry
MorrisJP1Dry
MorrisJP3Dry
MorrisJP4Dry
MorrisDaingerfieldDry
MotleyRoaring SpringsDry
NacogdochesCushingDry
NacogdochesWodenDry
NavarroJP4Dry
NavarroBarryDry
NavarroBlooming GroveDry
NavarroCorbetDry
NavarroMildredDry
NavarroNavarroDry
NavarroOak ValleyDry
NavarroPowellDry
NavarroRetreatDry
NewtonJP1Dry
NewtonJP3Dry
OrangeRose CityDry
Palo PintoSantosDry
ParmerJP1Dry
ParmerJP3Dry
ParmerJP4Dry
ParmerFarwellDry
ParmerFrionaDry
PotterBushlandDry
RealJP4Dry
Red River AveryDry
Red River BogataDry
Red River ClarksvilleDry
RobertsRoberts CountyDry
RobertsJP1Dry
RobertsMiamiDry
RuskJP3Dry
SabineBronsonDry
San AugustineJP1Dry
San AugustineJP3Dry
San AugustineBroaddusDry
San PatricioEdroyDry
San PatricioOdemDry
ShackelfordAlbanyDry
ShelbyJP2Dry
ShelbyJP3Dry
ShelbyJP5Dry
StonewallSwensonDry
SwisherJP2Dry
SwisherJP3Dry
SwisherJP4Dry
SwisherHappyDry
SwisherKressDry
TaylorJP4Dry
TaylorLawnDry
TaylorTrentDry
TaylorTyeDry
ThrockmortonThrockmorton CountyDry
ThrockmortonJP1Dry
ThrockmortonThrockmortonDry
TylerJP3Dry
TylerJP4Dry
TylerChesterDry
TylerColmesneilDry
UpshurEast MountainDry
UvaldeUtopiaDry
Van ZandtEdomDry
Van ZandtFruitvaleDry
WheelerAuisonDry
WheelerBriscoeDry
WheelerKellervilleDry
WheelerMobeetieDry
WheelerTwittyDry
WillacyJP5Dry
WiseParadiseDry
YoakumJP3Dry
YoakumJP4Dry
YoungEliasvilleDry
YoungJeanDry
YoungLovingDry
YoungMurrayDry
YoungSouth BendDry