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Types of Mixed Beverage Licenses

A "mixed beverage" means a spirits drink composed in whole or in part of alcoholic beverages containing more than 14 percent alcohol by volume.

Club

If the mixed beverage license was issued to a "club" with a restaurant located on the premises of and operated by the club, mixed beverages may be sold and served in the dining rooms and designated rooms of the restaurant portion and in other rooms on the premises, including private guest rooms.

A club located on the premises of a hotel or motel may purchase its meals requirements from a restaurant in the hotel or motel for service in the club's restaurant provided the club and its restaurant qualify for its mixed beverage license in all other respects. A Mixed Beverage License may be issued to any restaurant which is located on the premises of and operated by a private club exclusively for its members and their guests and which does not restrict its membership on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin or sex, even though the locality has not held a local referendum authorizing the sale of mixed beverages in the locality.

See Rules for Operating a Licensed Club (PDF) for more information about this license classification.

Hotel

If the mixed beverage license was issued for a "hotel," including a "motel," with a restaurant located on the premises and operated by the hotel, mixed beverages may be sold and served in the dining rooms and designated rooms of the restaurant and in the bedrooms and other private rooms of the hotel. The hotel must consist of not less than four permanent bedrooms where food and beverage service is customarily provided in bedrooms and other private rooms of such hotel or motel. Further, original closed containers of spirits may be sold only to registered guests and at scheduled functions, and deliveries may be made in their bedrooms or to the sponsoring group in the private room of such a function for consumption in such rooms.

"Miniatures" may be sold by retail establishments licensed as hotels, or restaurants upon the premises of hotels, to sell mixed beverages. Such licensees may sell miniatures only for consumption in bedrooms and in private rooms during a scheduled private function. A miniature is a bottle containing 50 milliliters of distilled spirits.

Resort Complex

If the mixed beverage license was issued for a "resort complex," mixed beverages may be sold and served in all areas within the resort complex. Nothing shall prohibit any person from keeping and consuming lawfully acquired spirits in bedrooms or private rooms.

Restaurant

If the mixed beverage license was issued for a "restaurant," mixed beverages may be sold and served only in dining rooms and designated rooms specially approved by the Board on the premises, including dining rooms while in use for private meetings and private parties. (For restaurants located in hotels, please refer to the "hotel" classification, above.)

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