California liquor license laws are very specific regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol after the hour of 2:00am and before 6:00am. Not only is it illegal to sell alcoholic beverages during this time frame, but it is also illegal to allow the consumption of alcohol on your premises between 2:00-6:00am. This means that even if a patron buys the alcohol prior to 2:00am, it can not be consumed on premises after 2:00am.
It is very noteworthy to realize that this law also applies to employees. So having employees remain on premises and enjoy a cocktail after hours is not permissible.
There are very strict and severe penalties for violations, including potential fines of thousands of dollars and license suspensions for even first-time offenses. Business owners must be very diligent in their practice to adhere to this and all sections of the California Code.
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