Minimum Age to Serve Alcohol Beverages in On-Premises Venues

What’s the minimum age to serve alcohol in on-premises venues? That is, places where the alcohol is consumed. In 37 states and D.C. laws permit adults to serve alcohol in such places. Of course, adults are people at least 18 years old. Only three states require a server to be age 21. One state permits persons age 17 to serve alcoholic beverages.

        Overview

I. Waiter!
II. Minimum Ages
III.Resources

I. Waiter!

Generally the term server refers to a waitperson (waiter or waitress). On the other hand “bartender” refers to a person who dispenses alcoholic beverages.

age to serve alcoholOn-premises venues are those that sell alcohol for drinking there. They are typically restaurants and bars.

In some states, persons under 21 may serve alcohol only in certain types of on-premises establishments. For example, in restaurants. In some cases, servers must be at least a specified age. However, younger employees may stock coolers with alcohol. Or they may clear alcoholic beverages from tables.

Some states place conditions on on-premises servers under 21 years of age. They might require a supervisor to be present when the underage person is serving alcohol. Or the underage server might have to take additional training. Some states also require both conditions.

II. Age to Serve Alcohol Drinks

Here’s the minimum age to serve alcoholic beverages in on-premises establishments by state.

1718192021
MaineCaliforniaAlabamaAlaska
ColoradoArizonaNevada
ConnecticutArkansasUtah
DelawareIdaho
District of Columbia (Washington DC)Indiana
FloridaKentucky
GeorgiaNebraska
HawaiiNew Mexico
IllinoisNorth Dakota
IowaOhio
Kansas
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
New Hampshire
  ”  Jersey
  ”  York
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Chicago and a few other cities have established higher minimum ages for servers in on-premises establishments.

III. Resources on Being a Server

These resources give tips for servers. For example, using humor to both solve problems and get much higher tips. Also getting a high turnover rate on tables, upselling, and much more. Following the advice could lead to much higher income.

See Also

Trivia about:

Fly In My Soup

 Waiter, there’s a dead fly in my soup!

Yes sir, it’s the hot water that kills them.   

Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!

Don’t worry sir, the spider on the bread roll will get ’em.

What’s this fly doing in my soup?

Praying.

Very funny. I can’t eat this. Take it back.

You see? The fly’s prayers were answered.

Waiter, waiter, there’s a bee in my soup.

Yes sir, it’s the fly’s day off.

Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!

Its OK, sir, there’s no extra charge!

Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!

No sir, that’s a cockroach, the fly is on your steak.

Waiter, what’s this fly doing in my soup?

Um, looks to me to be backstroke, sir…

Waiter, there is a fly in my soup!

Sorry sir, guess I missed it when I removed the other three.

Source: jokes4us.com

Note: Never rely on this website for legal information about the minimum age to serve alcohol. Nor on any other website. Laws can change. Courts also reinterpret them. This website does not provide any legal advice or opinion. So always consult a lawyer for legal advice.