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Mixed Beverage Annual Review

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Notice of System Transition

Virginia ABC is using a new online system for MBAR submissions. The process for online submission has changed. Please refer to our MBAR tutorial for step-by-step instructions. Licensees who have received a PIN letter and have established a VAL account can begin using the VAL system immediately to complete your MBAR submissions. ABC is remailing your PIN letter with your MBAR notification. Please take this opportunity to setup your VAL account, associate your existing licenses and complete your MBAR submission online.

Guidance on MBAR Submissions for “Cocktails-to-Go”

  • For the completion of the Mixed Beverage Annual Review (MBAR), mixed beverages to go or “cocktails-to-go” sales should be recorded in the “miscellaneous sales” category.
  • Mixed Beverages to go or “cocktails-to-go sales” cannot be counted towards the 45 percent food /55 percent liquor ratio requirement.
  • Licensees must keep separate and accurate records to track all mixed beverages to go or “cocktails-to-go” sales. These records should be available for inspection by special agents.

Mixed Beverage Annual Review (MBAR)

The MBAR, or Mixed Beverage Annual Review, is the name of a report that documents the food and beverage sales of mixed-beverage licensees. These licensees, who include restaurants, caterers and clubs, are required by law to submit an MBAR to Virginia ABC once a year on the anniversary of the issuance of their license. View information about the food-beverage ratio.

To submit MBARs online, you must first create an account with Virginia ABC's Account Central, the portal that provides access to a range of web applications using a single log-on. Need assistance? Download instructions for filling the MBAR online (PDF). 

You may also submit online or download the MBAR Mail-in Submission Instructions (PDF). 

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Special agents are the primary resource for questions related to operating a business with an ABC license. Contact a special agent via your regional ABC office. For step-by-step assistance in banquet licensing, see our Licensing Wizard.


Virginia ABC offers free online training to help managers, sellers and servers to become more responsible and better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations. For more information, contact Community Health & Prevention, (804) 977-7440 or [email protected].