With New Year\u2019s Eve celebrations approaching, the state Department of Consumer Protection is reminding the public about the hours that businesses can legally sell and serve liquor during the holiday. On Dec. 31st, liquor stores and grocery stores with beer permits may sell products during their normal hours until 9 p.m. Bars, restaurants and caf\u00e9s may serve drinks, beer or wine until 3 a.m. the following morning, Jan. 1. The department notes that caf\u00e9 permit businesses, typically bars, must be closed at 3 a.m. Restaurants may remain open after that hour but no alcoholic beverages may be served. Any town, by vote or local ordinance, may have reduced its locally permissible hours. In such towns, the reduced hours mandated by local governance take precedence over State law. On Jan. 1, package stores must remain closed and grocery stores can\u2019t sell wine or beer. Bars, restaurants, cafes and casinos may serve drinks as their permit allows for normal operation. \u201cLet\u2019s keep this holiday safe and free of needless tragedy caused by the irresponsible use of alcohol,\u201d Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said Monday. \u201cWhile businesses are prohibited from serving or selling to minors or anyone who appears inebriated, these rules are appropriate for house parties too. Arrange transportation for guests who need it, don\u2019t host parties at your home where youth are allowed to drink and, very importantly, know and stay within your own limits. Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.\u201d The Department of Consumer Protection, through the State Liquor Control Commission, oversees all sales of liquor in the State of Connecticut.