Can I give away champagne on New Year’s Eve?

Tomorrow night, about this time, the clock will be a few minutes from midnight and several bars and restaurants in Virginia will be breaking the law when they hand you that free glass of champagne! Don’t be one of them! Don’t put your liquor permit at risk. Before you host your New Year’s Eve party at your restaurant, bar, or other beer & wine alcohol permit, know the laws! If you are serving alcohol on New Year’s Eve – remember the ‘rules,’ below!

Serving Alcohol on New Year's Eve in Virginia

Some New Year’s Eve events advertise and all-you-can-drink parties for a set price, and that is illegal.  One way parties can legally work around this is by handing out a set number of drink tickets for the event, instead of it being all-you-can-drink.

Don’t give away any alcohol, even a champagne toast, at midnight – it is illegal! If you want to give away a toast, include it in your ticket price or your dinner price.

If you have questions, please feel free to give us a call:  800.785.0161

By The Way – ABC Consulting is definitely feeling the Christmas magic, this week! We just assisted a client with obtaining a one-day license for her large New Year’s Eve celebration and she is so very happy that her license has been approved, in time! BIG Shout Out to Kelly Walker for working hard, with our client, during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

We also had a big push this month to get skill games in place because the restrictions were lifted – thanks Crystal Stump, for getting all businesses informed, games moved and businesses licensed!

Kevin Anderson helped several businesses getting their employees certified with our ABC certified training – these businesses know that employees who are knowledgeable about compliance and alcohol restrictions have less violations and with the annual training, 50% smaller fines and jail time – a very big deal when we are talking thousands of dollars. Thanks, Kevin, for all your hard work!

While we are bragging about our employees: BIG Shout Out to Natasha Harris! Natasha got a Retail License approved in the middle of the holidays. This is a particularly difficult time of year to make things happen. People are working less, on vacation and generally not reachable – and our employees to keep their nose down and pushing forward to make things happen for our clients! Thank you, Natasha, for all that you do!

We love our business all year long and this time of year, we want to make sure our employees know just how much we appreciate THEM and all the magic that they make happen! You all knocked it out of the park, this week, and we just wanted the WORLD to know that they are an amazing blessing to ABC Consulting!

Back to New Year’s Eve celebrations – remember that the bottom line is: giving away any alcohol is illegal.

ABC Consulting can help your business through providing guidance for staying in compliance with growler regulations in Virginia. Visit our website at to view our wide range of services offered and contact ABC Consulting by clicking this link!

*Disclaimer: This article and its contents represent the opinions of the author only and is not intended to convey or constitute legal advice. ABC Consulting is a private consulting firm; in way do we represent the VA ABC Authority. You should not act upon any such information without seeking qualified professional advice based upon your situation.

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