What is the minimum age for bartending? Most U.S. states permit adults to tend bar in on-premises venues. That is, people age 18 or older.
We show the minimum age for bartending in each state.
- Age for Bartending
A “bartender” is a person who dispenses alcoholic beverages. On the other hand, “server” refers to a waitperson.
On-premises venues are those selling alcohol for drinking there. That is, instead of elsewhere. Typically, they’re 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 given age. But younger employees may stock coolers with alcohol. Or clear alcohol 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 training.
These may be useful.
Minimum Age to Serve Alcoholic Beverages in On-Premises Establishments.
Minimum Age to Sell Alcohol in Off-Premises Stores.
II. The Minimum Age for Bartending in On-premises Establishments by State
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III. Resources on Bartending: Minimum Age for Bartending
These resources are about successful bartending. They give much helpful information. But they don’t deal with the minimum age for bartending.
Become a Professional Bartender
- Boothby, W. and Burkhart, D. Cocktail Boothby’s American Bartender. San Francisco: Anchor.
- Broom, D. The Bartender’s Book. London: Carlton.
- Brown, M. Bartending: How to and … What’s it Like? Gloucester: How.
- Burton, J. Bartending Basics. Everything You Need to Know to be a Working Bartender. NY: Mud Puddle.
- Charming, C. The Everything Bartender’s Book. Avon: Adams.
- Cho, C. A Beginner’s Guide to Become a Bartender. New Delhi: World.
- Dixon, J. Bartending Made Easy. Albany, IN: DiskUs.
- Feller, R. and Lifshitz, L. The Complete Bartender. NY: Berkley.
- Foley, R. Bartending for Dummies. Hoboken: Wiley.
- Jeffreys, H. And Wylesol, G. The Cocktail Dictionary. An A-Z of Cocktail Recipes. London: Mitchell Beasley.
- Kangas, R. Making Money as a Bartender in Your Spare Time.
Cambridge, MA: Barnes & Noble.
- Marcus, L. Bartending Inside-out. Chicago: Inde.
- Matt, W. The Modern Cocktail. Small.
- Mix, I. et al. Cócteles de América Latina. NY: Vintage.
- Morrell, T. Bartending Basics: a Complete Beginner’s Guide. Vancouver, WA: Pratzen.
- Sennett, B. Complete World Bartender Guide. NY: Bantam.
- Sparks, B. How to Land a Top-paying Bartenders Job. Dayboro: Emero.
- Vancil, D. Who’s Your Bartender? Bloomington, IN: Trafford.
- Zavatto, A. The Complate Idiot’s Guide to Bartending. Indianapolis: Alpha.
Do not rely on this site. Nor any other website for legal info about the minimum age for bartending. Laws change. A town may have its own higher minimum age for bartending.
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