Recently, many service industry businesses have started to offer complimentary alcoholic beverages to their patrons. A common example would be a salon or day spa offering a free glass of wine to customers while they enjoy a pedicure or manicure. What the owners of these establishments often fail to realize is that a liquor license is required to provide alcohol to customers.
The issue stems from the fact that even though individuals are not directly paying for the alcohol, they are paying for other services and the ABC considers this an indirect sale of alcoholic beverages. Therefore, a liquor license is required.
If you own a business and you are considering offering this type of beverage service, contact our office so we can assess your situation and determine the best license type for you.
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