many serving stations? Hours of operation? Beer and
wine only, or a full bar? Cash or drink tickets? Alcohol-free
zones, or better yet, a single alcohol-zone (such as
a beer garden)? Rules for handling an obvious intoxicated
person (we suggest you let the police handle).There's
a lot that goes into the planning. Your liquor license
will dictate some of these decisions.
jurisdictions require a license to sell/serve alcohol.
Make sure you are legal. Start with your local police
station or liquor control board for guidance.
sure you and all of your servers have alcohol management
are organizations (TIP,
among others) that teach techniques on how to serve
and sell alcohol responsibly. This includes training
on how to recognize and handle potential intoxicated
persons, proper procedures to check identification and
techniques to effectively intervene and prevent drunk
could also consider hiring a caterer or other experienced
third party to run your serving operations. In addition
to getting trained servers, you can also transfer liability
to them utilizing standard indemnification wording and
requiring them to provide liquor liability insurance
naming you as an additional insured.
sure your insurance covers you for the sale or serving
Most policies do not automatically provide coverage
for alcohol operations. Talk to us when you are in your
up your pre-event site inspection.
always a priority, finding and eliminating trip &
fall hazards is especially important at events where
alcohol is served. Statistics show these types of claims
increase at events with alcohol.
signage in your serving area discouraging drinking and
Encourage the use of designated drivers and other alternative
transportation options such as taxicabs. Your liquor
distributors are an excellent source of material and
ideas. Remember, while your event may be a one time
only affair, the distributor has done 1,000's of them.
They have almost as big a stake in people getting home
safely as you do.
stationing a local uniformed police officer at the bar
tends to discourage patrons on their way to becoming
intoxicated from trying to purchase additional drinks.
average person tends to drink more when alcohol is flowing
freely than they would normally. If you must have an
open bar, limit its duration, serve smaller portions
(half-shots and low alcohol beer), and plan on closing
the bar at least an hour prior to the conclusion of
them off at the pass.
hard enough preventing patrons from becoming intoxicated
at your event. Make sure they aren't already intoxicated
when they arrive! Intoxicated persons should be denied
entry. Security should make certain patrons don't bring
alcohol into the event (Confiscate the alcohol, don't
allow patrons to bring it back to their cars). Events
where tailgating is present should be especially cautious.
Security guards and/or law enforcement officers should
patrol the parking lots.
having an alcohol-free event.
always a popular suggestion but one that dramatically
reduces risk and usually results in a more family-friendly