Obtaining a liquor license for a bar or restaurant is a process that varies depending on the state. It is important for those thinking of starting a bar, pub, restaurant or other establishment to check with their state government to find out the legal process in obtaining a liquor license. In some states, this process can take up to a year.
Opening a tavern in many states requires the tavern to also serve food. A beer and wine license allows a place of business to serve beer and wine, but no other types of alcohol are allowed. Private clubs like golf and country clubs are usually granted licenses that allow them to serve alcohol only to their members. Restaurants often have a stipulation that if they serve alcohol, only a certain percentage of their total income can come from the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Carryout places like delis may obtain a liquor license that allows customers to carry out beer. In this instance, the owner will need to obtain a special license and follow the guidelines set up by the state as to how much a customer may purchase.
Generally, there are different types of alcoholic licenses for retail establishments, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and theaters.