Minimum Age for Bartending: Bartender Age Laws by State

Most states in the U.S. permit adults age 18 to 20 to tend bar in on-premises establishments. Below is the minimum age for bartending in each U.S. state.

         OVERVIEW

  1. Background
  2. Age for Bartending
  3. Resources
  4. Bartending Jokes

I. Background

“Bartender” refers to a person who dispenses alcoholic beverages. On the other hand, “server” refers to a waitperson.

On-premises establishments are those selling alcoholic beverages for consumption there. That is, instead of elsewhere. They are typically restaurants and bars.

In some states, adults under 21 may legally tend bar. But only in certain types of on-premises places, such as restaurants.

Often, bartenders must be at least a specified age. But younger employees may stock coolers with alcohol. Or clear alcoholic beverages from tables.

Some states place conditions on on-premises bartenders under age 21. For example, that a supervisor 21 or older be present. Or it might require that a bartender under 21 take special beverage server training.

II. The Minimum Age for Bartending in On-premises Establishments by State

18192021
ArkansasArizonaAlabama
ColoradoIdahoAlaska
ConnecticutNebraskaCalifornia
FloridaDelaware
GeorgiaDistrict of Columbia (Washington DC)
HawaiiIndiana (18 with restrictions)
IllinoisKansas
IowaKentucky (20 with restrictions)
LouisianaMissouri
MaineMontana
MarylandNevada
MassachusettsNew Mexico
MichiganNorth Carolina
MinnesotaNorth Dakota
MississippiOhio
New HampshireOklahoma
New JerseyOregon
New YorkSouth Carolina
PennsylvaniaUtah
Rhode IslandVirginia
South DakotaWashington
TennesseeWyoming
Texas
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin

 

III. Resources on Bartending

These resources are about successful bartending. They provide much information and suggestions. But they do not address the minimum age for bartending.

IV. Bartending Jokes

minimum age for bartendingVisit Drinking Jokes and One Liners (Alcohol Humor).

Note: Do not rely on this website. Nor any other website for legal info about the minimum age for bartending. Laws change. Courts may reinterpret them. A town may have its own higher minimum age for bartending.

This website does not give any legal advice. Always ask a lawyer for legal help.