Post # 1
So I met with our wedding coordinator the other day and she informed me that the venue no longer has a liquor license, but that they are hoping to get it back in mid-September. I didn’t think to ask whether it was because it wasn’t renewed or because they lost it for some reason, all I know is that as of right now they don’t have one.
Well our plan was always to have an open bar so I was a little worried, but she assured me that if they don’t have it back that we can go buy our own liquor and that their bar tender will serve it. My question is… don’t you need a liquor license to serve the alcohol?? I don’t understand how legally their bar tender can serve it without this license. Anyone have any knowledge of this? I’m just worried that if somehow we get “caught” doing this that we will be responsible for the fines ($10,000+) since its our event.
Post # 3
You would need to purchase liquor liability insurance (or they may.provide it) which is not the same as a license..you do not need a license to serve, but to sell. Think of it like a byob restaurant.
Post # 4
@pandaroo: Thanks so much!!
Post # 5
This is how my venue is, they cannot provide the alcohol for you, but if you buy it yourself they can have a bartender serve it if you provide insurance. Its only about 125 bucks….So you can still have an open bar…liquor stores have packages and can help you determine exactly how much of each type of alcohol that you need to essentially have an ‘open bar’
Post # 6
@adoc86: hi! My venue didnt have a liquor license either. My dad bought an ABC license for the day for $50 and that covered the venue and bartenders for the day!
Post # 7
This is a state by state thing. Where I live, no venue would do this. If they allowed it they would never get their license back. Unlicensed places can get a one day licnese for wine and beer only. I would double check your with a local resstaruant.
Post # 8
@adoc86: i’m sure this varies by region but you may have to obtain a special permit (license) for the day including insurance. check with a local liquor store. they should know what is needed for your area.
also, i hope that your venue reimburses you if you have to pay for a license. when you booked, it was included.