Serving alcohol in your hotel will indeed boost sales and turn some, if not all of your clients into loyal customers; other than the risk of having to stop or prevent fights by drunks, you really do not have to worry about anything. But there are things you need to know when it comes to serving alcohol in your hotel. There are some laws that guide the use or consumption of alcoholic beverages, and you are about to find out all about them in this article.
When it comes to laws that guide the consumption of alcoholic drinks, they vary from one state to another. But there are general laws which cover the following;
- Where alcohol drinks must be served
- When such drinks can be served
- The containers in which alcoholic beverages are served in
- Age restriction i.e. is the customer old enough to be allowed to order for any alcoholic drink?
And so on…
It would interest you to know, however, that there are a few laws that seem to be common to most of the states which are;
- No sales of alcoholic beverages on election days
- No two-for-one specials
- Unfinished bottles of wine may not be taken home by the consumer
- One bottle of alcoholic beverage per customer
- Impermissible sale of beer, liquor or wine to restaurants with invalid liquor license.
There are also different types of licenses as regards liquor or alcohol within the hospitality industry. There are some that permit the sales of beers and wines, while there are others that allow only hard liquor. Below are some of the more common types of liquor licenses:
- Beer and Wine Liquor licenses – no hard liquor or spirits
- Restaurant liquor license- also known as all liquor license and is the most general of all liquor licenses
- Tavern liquor licenses- these are for establishments that offer food and have sales of alcohol above 50%.
So, if you want to obtain your license that will permit you to serve alcohol in your hotel, here the steps to follow:
- Contact the relevant authorities that are in charge of licenses related to the hospitality industry. These people will advise you on the steps to take and let you know the rules and guidelines to follow and an application form or two in order to get the license you need.
- You may have to obtain a license known as the Premises License: this license comes into play if you decide to serve alcohol during happy hours. To obtain such a license, you will be required to fill a form and submit the basic plans of your premises that will allow the planning department, health and safety officers as well as the fire authority. It may take up to a month or more before anything is done about your request for license.
- If you are the sole owner that will be running the day-to-day business, you will need a Personal License. You will also be required to obtain a licensing qualification that will reveal the fact that you fully understand the laws governing the sale of alcohol.
So, these are the things you are required to know and understand when it comes to serving alcohol in your hotel.