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California Liquor License Laws | Private Parties

Do you need a California liquor license to serve alcohol at a private party?

This is an issue that typically generates questions.  If you are having a private party, will you need a liquor license?  Obviously, if someone can walk up to the bar at the party and buy a drink, a liquor license would be required.  But the ABC also considers the indirect sale of alcoholic beverages and you must be careful of certain situations.

For instance, if you charge an admission fee or cover charge to your party and then serve alcohol, it may require licensing.  If your party is open to the general public, then it may require a license.  If your event allows the general public to bring their own alcoholic beverages and consume them in a place that is not licensed, then you may require a license.

Watch the video below for more information on this topic and contact our office at (855) 774-9200 if you have additional questions.


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